The twenty year old computer models which have been used to suggest serious ice loss in the eastern Antarctic have been compared with reality and found to be false.. The new study by the Norwegian Polar Institute was published in Geophysical Research Letters and in Science on 25 June 2012. The team`s results show that water temperatures are far lower than computer models predicted. Tore Hattermann of the NPI announced two years worth of direct measurements below the massive Fimbul Ice Shelf in eastern Antarctic.
Hattermann and his colleagues using 12 tons of hot water drilling equipment, bored three holes more than 200m deep through the Fimbul Shelf, which spans an area roughly twice the size of New Jersey. They also used information from the MEOP project(Mammal Exploration of the Oceans Pole to Pole) which had sensor packages attached to seals.