Tuesday, 4 December 2012


This article explains the new study and its significance. I hope everyone will sleep easier knowing there is still no prospect of major sea level rise in the foreseeable future. I hope the UN will take note (though I doubt they are listening).


Steve Horstmeyer said...

Let's be clear ice loss is one thing and acceleration of ice loss is another. The way you wrote this obscures that the researchers found a DECREASE of ice mass of 211.74 +/- 5.84 Giga Tonnes per year from 2002 through April 2012 -- a total of 2,170.33 Giga Tonnes. That is 2.17 Trillion Tonnes in the 10.25 year period. The authors call it "unprecedented" and they write, "Nearly all coastal areas experienced mass loss and at much higher rates of loss ... than previous years". Finally, consistent with a warming Earth the mass of frozen water is increasing on the high plateau due to warmer air and greater moisture content.

Derek Tipp said...

Hi Steve, thanks for your comment. What the article said was that the ice loss is more or less constant as the increase was within the margin of error. This is consistent with the world warming slightly as we are still recovering from the last ice age. The loss would be expected to come from the coast as this is where the warmer ocean currents are. Surely this is good news that sea levels are only rising at the same level as in the past, giving us plenty of time to adapt.