‘Best estimate’ for impact of melting ice on sea level riseThe EU funded team say the ice sheets and glaciers could add 36.8 centimetres to the oceans by 2100.The researchers also included projections for sea level rise in Europe that includes the effects of thermal expansion, ice melt and storm surges. In these scenarios, the British Isles could face an increase of slightly over a metre by 2100. Enough to overwhelm the Thames Barrier and see London flooded once every ten years. read more
Melting Glaciers Cause 1/3 of the World’s Sea Level Rise
by Stephanie Pappas
The world’s glaciers lost 260 gigatons of water each year between 2003 and 2009, making these rivers of ice responsible for almost a third of sea-level rise in that time, new research finds.
The study, to appear tomorrow (May 17) in the journal Science, used multiple methods to pin down estimates of how much ice is lost from glaciers. The results suggest that on-the-ground measurements yield estimates that are too extreme, but some satellite methods don’t go far enough…
(read more: Live Science)
(photo: Aletsch Glacier, Switzerlan; credit: Frank Paul)