Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 15, 233–246, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 233–246, 2021

Review article 25 Jan 2021

Review article | 25 Jan 2021

Review article: Earth's ice imbalance

Thomas Slater et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (18 Nov 2020) by Xavier Fettweis
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ED: Publish as is (18 Nov 2020) by Xavier Fettweis

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Short summary
Satellite observations are the best method for tracking ice loss, because the cryosphere is vast and remote. Using these, and some numerical models, we show that Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes (Tt) of ice since 1994 from Arctic sea ice (7.6 Tt), ice shelves (6.5 Tt), mountain glaciers (6.1 Tt), the Greenland (3.8 Tt) and Antarctic ice sheets (2.5 Tt), and Antarctic sea ice (0.9 Tt). It has taken just 3.2 % of the excess energy Earth has absorbed due to climate warming to cause this ice loss.