Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Research article
30 Aug 2022
Research article |  | 30 Aug 2022

Impact of an acceleration of ice sheet melting on monsoon systems

Alizée Chemison, Dimitri Defrance, Gilles Ramstein, and Cyril Caminade

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We study the impact of a rapid melting of the ice sheets on monsoon systems during the 21st century. The impact of a partial Antarctica melting is moderate. Conversely, Greenland melting slows down the oceanic Atlantic circulation and changes winds, temperature and pressure patterns, resulting in a southward shift of the tropical rain belt over Africa and America. The seasonality, duration and intensity of rainfall events are affected, with potential severe impacts on vulnerable populations.
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