Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 14, 1043–1050, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1043-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1043–1050, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1043-2020

Brief communication 20 Mar 2020

Brief communication | 20 Mar 2020

Brief communication: Ad hoc estimation of glacier contributions to sea-level rise from the latest glaciological observations

Michael Zemp et al.

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Comprehensive assessments of global glacier mass changes have been published at multi-annual intervals, typically in IPCC reports. For the years in between, we present an approach to infer timely but preliminary estimates of global-scale glacier mass changes from glaciological observations. These ad hoc estimates for 2017/18 indicate that annual glacier contributions to sea-level rise exceeded 1 mm sea-level equivalent, which corresponds to more than a quarter of the currently observed rise.