Melting Arctic Ice Pouring 14,000 Tons of Water Per Second Into the Ocean

New scientific survey found that Arctic glaciers are the biggest contributors to sea level rise, dumping water into the ocean at an accelerating rate of roughly 14,000 tons a second.

The problem is compounded as both the Arctic and Antarctica are accelerating their losses at the same time suggesting we are in for faster sea level rise in the coming decades. Seas are rising by about 3 millimeters each year, according to NASA. Driven by the Arctic, the Antarctic, and ocean water expanding as it heats up.

The rate of water being poured into the oceans as ice melts has tripled since 1986 in the Arctic ice loss. The Antarctica will probably surpass the Arctics contribution to sea level rise but for now the Arctic is the number one contributor.

The total Arctic loss at present is 447 billion tons of ice every year, from 2005 to 2015. Between 1986 and 2005, the loss was almost a third of that.

Separate research has found that the Antarctic’s loss rate has also tripled, reaching 219 billion tons per year from 2012 to 2017.

 

 

Photo: “Oceans” by IIP Photo Archive is licensed under CC BY 2.0 and animation: “Approaching the 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum” by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY 2.0