The Antarctic Ice Sheet is an important indicator of climate change and driver of sea-level rise. A new climate assessment to be published in Nature combines multiple satellite surveys of Antarctica to create the most complete picture of ice loss to date. The researchers have found that there has been a threefold increase in ice losses from Antarctica since 2012, and the continent is causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years.
The Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) is produced by a group of 84 scientists from 44 international organisations, supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Prof Andrew Shepherd, Director of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds
Dr Pippa Whitehouse, NERC Independent Research Fellow at Durham University
Prof Michiel van den Broeke, Professor of Polar Meteorology at Utrecht University, Netherlands
Dr Erik R. Ivins, Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Member of the GRACE Science Team; Principal Investigator for the NASA Sea-level Change Team