RRS Sir David Attenborough witnessed the iceberg moving
“It is incredibly lucky that the iceberg’s route out of the Weddell Sea sat directly across our planned path, and that we had the right team aboard to take advantage of this opportunity,” Dr Andrew Meijers, Chief Scientist aboard the RRS Sir David Attenborough and Polar Oceans Science Leader at British Antarctic Survey (BAS), said in a statement.
According to Newton, the iceberg will be swept along by currents and will enter a stretch of ocean called “iceberg alley” as it melts away.
Following news of the breakaway, Robbie Mallett, a sea ice scientist and research fellow at University College London, explained it was concerning as it acted as a reminder of constant climate change.
Satellite imagery of the iceberg
“It is the world’s biggest iceberg currently; it took that title back recently,” he told CNBC.
“And it is kind of a metaphor for how massive the cryosphere is, how big Antarctica is.
“It’s just astonishingly big and it’s a reminder of how much risk we’re at from sea level rise.”
Gail Whiteman, professor of sustainability at the University of Exeter, added: “The poles will determine the fate of humanity.
“The discussion here should be about the polar regions because they are tipping first — and once they do, the issue of adaptation becomes that much more critical.
“The Arctic and the Antarctic seem very far away, so if this huge iceberg can do one thing, it is to remind us that there are big systems out there and our future is intrinsically linked to that.”