Climate change: It’s got us singing the “cryosphere blues”

September 6, 2011 | 5:27 pm | , Research Associate

When it comes to sea level rise though, glaciers — rather than sea ice — are what matter. Sea level isn’t affected much when ice that’s already floating in the ocean melts. But when glaciers melt, water that’s been stored atop land in ice for thousands of years flows into the sea. Glacial melt has accounted for about half of global sea level rise in recent decades.

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