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Study finds first evidence of climate change impacts on East Antarctic vegetation

Study finds first evidence of climate change impacts on East Antarctic vegetation

Moss  beds  at  the  ASPA135  site  in  2012.

Full article issued by the University of Wollongong.

A landmark 13–year study by ARC funded researchers has provided the first evidence that climate change is affecting terrestrial ecosystems in East Antarctica.

While West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula are among the most rapidly warming places on the planet, East Antarctica has not warmed in the same way and appeared to have so far escaped the strongest impacts of climate change.

The study, by researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW), the Australian Antarctic Division and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, found that vegetation in East Antarctica is changing rapidly in response to a drying climate.

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