Global warming and the vulnerability of Greenland’s ice sheet

Source: The Guardian

News continues to emerge in the scientific literature on the future direction of the world’s largest ice sheets; they are undergoing major changes as the climate continues to warm. Among the latest, a new study by Mathieu Morlighem, Eric Rignot, and others has taken a new approach to improve our understanding of the flowing ice atop Greenland.

This work is important because in the past decade or so, it has been found that Greenland is losing ice, lots of ice, to the world’s oceans. As a consequence, Greenland is one of the significant contributors to sea level rise. The level our oceans will rise to in the next decades and centuries depends strongly on how fast the Greenland ice sheet will melt.

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