Meanwhile, the region will lose 36% of its ice mass
even if COP21's goal (limiting temperature rise below 2 degree Celsius) is achieved.
The rate of Antarctica ice mass
loss has tripled in the last decade.
"But now we recognize a second serious problem: Increasingly, large amounts of ice mass
are going to leave as meltwater, as rivers that flow into the sea."
Bevis' team used data from GRACE and from GPS stations scattered around Greenland's coast to identify changes in ice mass
. The patterns they found show an alarming trend -- by 2012, ice was being lost at nearly four times the rate that prevailed in 2003.
"But now we recognise a second serious problem: Increasingly, large amounts of ice mass
are going to leave as meltwater, as rivers that flow into the sea," he added.
For the current study, researchers embarked on the longest-ever assessment of ice mass
in the Antarctic, across 18 geographic regions.
If ice shelves thin, or break up and retreat, then ice flow from inland accelerates, and more ice mass
is lost, contributing to global sea-level rise.
Up to 30 per cent of ice mass
will be lost during the transit," he acknowledged.
He said the adventurists had begun reaching the Saiful Muluk Lake by crossing the ice mass
though hoteliers had yet to reopen the bumpy lake road for four-wheelers.
Antarctica is still losing ice mass
at a faster rate than it is gaining mass
Until now, the retreat of glaciers was mainly determined by looking at the extent of ice mass
of our two poles from above.