New paper published – The land ice contribution to sea level during the satellite era

The GlobalMass team has had a new open-access review paper accepted for publication in Environmental Research Letters.

The review provides a new estimate of land ice mass trends during the satellite era (1992 to 2016), focusing on its contribution to sea level rise during this period. The new estimate shows a marked increase in the land ice contribution from 0.31±0.35 mm/yr of sea level equivalent for 1992-1996 to 1.85±0.13 mm/yr for 2012-2016.

Lead author Professor Jonathan Bamber said of the work: “Our analysis draws on many earlier studies along with new, previously unpublished data and shows that in just over two decades land ice has gone from making a modest contribution to being by far the dominant source of sea level rise”.

A plain language summary is available here.

Reference:

Bamber, J.L., Westaway, R.M., Marzeion, B. and Wouters, B. (2018) The land ice contribution to sea level during the satellite era. Environmental Research Letters (DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aac2f0 Image result for open access icon)

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