Research focuses on contribution of melting glaciers, ice caps and ice shelves
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — After four years of studies and more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, The EU-funded ice2sea program has concluded that melting ice may not contribute as much to sea level rise as some other studies have suggested.
Under a moderate greenhouse gas emissions scenario, the contribution from continental ice will likely amount to between 3.5 and 36.8 centimeters (1.4 to 14.5 inches) by 2100, the program’s leaders said this week, unveiling a new report that summarizes their research. The report is online at the ice2sea home page.
Some of the ice2sea studies have:
- mapped regional variations in sea level rise
- measured the pace of Greenland ice loss
- measured ice loss in the Canadian archipelago
- shown increases in the length of the Antarctic Peninsula melt season
- assessed how Greenland’s major outflow glaciers react to warming
The new report includes several case studies outlining the impacts of sea level rise to specific areas, including economically valuable developed areas like the port of Rotterdam and the Thames Estuary, as well as natural areas with unique natural values, like the Machair ecosystems in Ireland and Scotland that thrive in a delicate balance of land and sea. (more…)
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