Antarctic ice sheet is melting quicker than before

Published June 13, 2018


The Atlantic and other media quoted geology chair Beata Csatho in stories detailing her new research on the Antarctic ice sheet's contributions to sea level rise over the past quarter century. Csatho was part of a large international team led by NASA and the University of Leeds that conducted a comprehensive study to determine that the ice sheet is now losing enough ice to cause an annual average global sea level rise of about 0.6 millimeter. “If you take the big picture, when we compared before and after 2012, there was a three-times increase in the amount of melting,” Csatho told The Atlantic. She added in The Washington Post, "The detailed record shows an acceleration, starting around 2002. ... If you compare 1997-2002 to 2012-2017, the increase is even larger, a factor of more than 5."

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