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Sea-level rise

Ice-sheet uncertainty

Gravity measurements of the ice-mass loss in Greenland and Antarctica are complicated by glacial isostatic adjustment. Simultaneous estimates of both signals confirm the negative trends in ice-sheet mass balance, but not their magnitude.

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Figure 1: Cumulative mass loss of Greenland's ice sheet.

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Bromwich, D., Nicolas, J. Ice-sheet uncertainty. Nature Geosci 3, 596–597 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo946

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