NASA study finds sea level rise accelerating

Published in the journal “The Cryosphere,”

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

The findings confirm accelerating ice losses from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and reveal surprisingly steady rates of flow from its much larger neighbor to the east.

The computer-vision technique crunched data from hundreds of thousands of NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat satellite images to produce a high-precision picture of changes in ice-sheet motion.

The new work provides a baseline for future measurement of Antarctic ice changes and can be used to validate numerical ice sheet models that are necessary to make projections of sea level. It also opens the door to faster processing of massive amounts of data.

Read the rest of the article online at: https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/110/new-study-sharpens-focus-on-antarctic-ice-loss

Also online is the NASA whiteboard basics about sea level rise:  https://sealevel.nasa.gov/resources/72/nasas-earth-minute-sea-level-rise.