Currently the total sea level rise is about 3 millimeters per year (about 1/8 of an inch per year). Of that amount, about one-third comes from Greenland and Antarctica, one-third from glaciers like those in Alaska or the Himalayas, and one-third from the expansion of seawater as it warms. In the future, we expect Greenland and Antarctica will contribute larger amounts.
Satellite data on the movement of water on Earth helps to improve the accuracy of moisture maps and forecasts.
The shape of the ground beneath Denman Glacier, which is melting from the bottom up, makes it particularly vulnerable to seawater intrusion.
Greenland and Antarctica are melting—but how quickly and which areas are most affected? Nearly 20 years of satellite data provide key insights into these questions.
The two regions have lost 6.4 trillion tons of ice in three decades; unabated, this rate of melting could cause flooding that affects hundreds of millions of people by 2100.
Sea-level scientists painted a portrait of a changing planet at a major science conference in San Francisco.