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Rob DeConto - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Rob DeConto Rob DeConto

Professor and Co-Director of the School of Earth and Sustainability | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA, UNITED STATES

Rob DeConto is one of the world's leading experts on modeling polar ice sheets, sea level rise and ocean response to climate change.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Ice Sheets and Sea Level

Antarctica

Glaciology

Climatology

Earth System Modeling

Sea Level Rise

Greenland

Ice Sheets

Biography

One of the world's leading experts on modeling polar ice sheets, sea-level rise and ocean response to climate change, Rob DeConto has been sought after by publications including National Geographic, the BBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post for commentary on the effect of climate change on the Earth.

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Rob DeConto Report on Climate Change Melting Ice, Rising Seas (Part Four) - Prof Rob DeConto, University of Massachusetts

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Education (1)

University of Colorado: Ph.D.

Press Coverage (5)

UMass Amherst To Study Melting Greenland Ice Sheet

WWLP-TV  tv

2020-07-29

It was recently announced that a team of UMass scientists would embark on a research study of the melting ice sheet in Greenland. Professor Rob DeConto, Co-Director, School of Earth & Sustainability Department of Geosciences at UMass Amherst, joins us to discuss this project.

rob deconto in WWLP appearance

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Boston already has some of the nation’s worst tidal flooding — and it will get much worse, study finds

The Boston Globe  print

2020-07-15

With some of the nation’s highest tides ever recorded, Boston has had more sunny-day flooding than nearly any other coastal community in the country — and the worst is yet to come as sea levels rise, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rob DeConto, a climate scientist at UMass Amherst who helped develop the Antarctica research, called the NOAA report “sobering” and said it underscored the dangers facing Boston. “This problem isn’t going to go away,” he said

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‘There’s no scenario that stops sea level rise in this century,’ dire U.N. climate report warns

Science magazine  print

2019-09-25

Commenting on a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released today by the United Nations, Rob DeConto, professor of geosciences, says while odds are low that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will collapse in this century, the impacts of a collapse would be monumental.

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Climate change: Warning from 'Antarctica's last forests'

BBC  online

2019-04-03

It's not clear how fast the glaciers of Antarctica can respond to warming. Conceivably very fast, is the answer from Professor Rob DeConto from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He runs computer models which incorporate physical processes in the ice that can result in the rapid collapse of cliffs at the front of Antarctic glaciers terminating in the ocean. "Today we are measuring sea-level rise in millimetres per year. So, a little more than 3mm per year right now," he explained.

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Today’s Earth looks a lot like it did 115,000 years ago. All we’re missing is massive sea level rise.

The Washington Post  print

2019-02-06

"There’s no way to get tens of meters of sea level rise without getting tens of meters of sea level rise from Antarctica,” said Rob DeConto, an Antarctic expert at the University of Massachusetts. Some researchers, including DeConto, think they have found a key process — called marine ice cliff collapse — that can release a lot of sea level rise from West Antarctica in a hurry.

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