New facts about glaciers can change perspective on the issue of climate change

New facts about glaciers can change perspective on the issue of climate change is interesting

Results of the study that over the past 10 years, the Himalayan mountains kept their ice volume, surprised and delighted, but scientists warn against simplistic conclusions.

If the glaciers at the higher range in Asia do not melt as believed earlier, data on glaciers in Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica show their considerable reduction. Rivers and glaciers on the slopes of the Himalayas are involved in ensuring the 1.4 billion population of the surrounding region. Any changes in this regard may lead to serious consequences for the poor or politically tense countries.

A new study published in the scientific journal Nature, shows that the ice in the Himalayas is not in danger. The authors use data from satellites Grace from 2003 to 2010. However, based on analysis of several years it is impossible to do long-running predictions, especially since there are significant differences depending on the region and the uncertainty in the degree of melting of the ice around the world. On average each year from ice sheet goes from 443 to 629 billion tons of melt water, which, in turn, causes an increase in sea level by 1.5 millimeters (plus 2 as a result of the general trend of warming the ocean).

Scientists try to explain why such a diversity of glacial melt, however, the difficulty lies in the fact that the temperature did not necessarily lead to the same consequences. Of that, in the near future Grace satellites will cease to function, which means that several more years of observations will be carried out by conventional methods.

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