"This improved certainty allows us to say definitively that both Antarctica and Greenland have been losing ice," lead author Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds in Britain, told reporters. Not only that, but the pace has tripled from the 1990s, the data indicate. Combining satellite data from dozens of earlier studies, the study “shows that the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets have contributed just over 11 millimeters (0.4 inches) to global sea levels since 1992,” he added. Two-thirds was from Greenland, a third from Antarctica.
That’s 20 percent of all sea level rise over the last two decades, with the rest mostly from thermal expansion of waters due to warming sea temperatures, the authors noted. In recent years, however, the percentage “has gone up significantly” to nearly 40 percent, added co-author Michiel van den Broeke from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.