NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses
A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers. [De toename van de ijskap op Antarctica begon 10.000 jaar geleden.]
The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice. [De NASA trekt dus het onderzoek van het IPCC in twijfel.]
According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001 [!]. That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008 [!].