The Floating Ice of Antarctica
Event type: Talk, meet the scientist
Location: Attenborough Studio
Free, no ticket required
About 98% of Antarctica - the coldest, dries and windiest continent on Earth - is covered by a sheet of ice which is, on average, 1.6 kilometres thick.
Along half the coastline of the continent there are ice shelves - thick platforms of ice jutting out from the land - floating on the ocean surface.
Scientists want to discover what's causing these ice shelves to melt, particularly since A-68 (the biggest iceberg recorded), broke away in 2017 from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the Antarctic peninsula.
Join British Antarctic Survey scientist Ella Gilbert and find out what's driving the melting of the Antarctic peninsula ice shelves, and what knock-on effects this could have for the future.