Greenland is losing ice at an increasing pace since 2003, with the 280bn tons of ice added on an average per year to seawater between 2002 and 2016 was enough to raise the worldwide sea level by 0.03 inches annually, shows a new study.
According to the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the largest loss of ice in Greenland occurred at its southwest region, where the surface ice, instead of glaciers, melted and flowed into the sea.
The rate of ice loss was four times faster in 2013 compared to 2003, the study that used data from Nasa’s gravity recovery and climate experiment, showed.
“South-west Greenland, not previously thought of as a source of woe for coastal cities, is set to “become a major future contributor to sea level rise,” the research said.
If Greenland loses all its ice sheet, which is 3km in thickness at some places, the global sea levels will rise by seven meters, drowning several coastal cities.
Studies have also shown that the ice cover of Antarctica is also vanishing at its fastest rate in recorded history.