The 10 climate papers most featured in the media in 2021 includes CPOM’s Cryosphere review paper of “Earth’s ice imbalance” led by CPOM scientist Dr Tom Slater based at the University of Leeds.
It reached an impressive seventh place, with a score of 3,012.
“The authors combine satellite observations and model data to show that Earth lost “28tn tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017”.
The Earth has seen considerable ice melt across its surface, the paper says, including “Arctic sea ice (7.6tn tonnes), Antarctic ice shelves (6.5tn tonnes), mountain glaciers (6.1tn tonnes), the Greenland ice sheet (3.8tn tonnes), the Antarctic ice sheet (2.5tn tonnes), and Southern Ocean sea ice (0.9tn tonnes)”.
The authors conclude that “although a small fraction of mountain glacier losses are associated with retreat since the Little Ice Age, there can be little doubt that the vast majority of Earth’s ice loss is a direct consequence of climate warming”.