A Glacial Scorecard Since 1961

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 April 2019



Regional Share of Glaciers in Sea-Level Rise from 1961 to 2016
Regional share of glaciers in sea-level rise from 1961 to 2016, by Zemp, University of Zurich.

Credit to Zemp, University of Zurich, see the full size map


A Glacial Scorecard Since 1961

Melting Glaciers Causing Sea Levels to Rise at Ever Greater Rates,
University of Zurich, April 8, 2019.


Digital measurement of glaciers, “...with geodetic satellite measurements.”

Human measurements by...“World Glacier Monitoring Service from its worldwide network of observers...”

A Comprehensive Look at Global Glaciers
“...able to reconstruct changes in the ice thickness of more than 19,000 glaciers worldwide.”

“...we can estimate how much ice has been lost each year in all mountain regions since the 1960s,"”

“The global mass loss of glacier ice has increased significantly in the last 30 years and currently amounts to 335 billion tons of lost ice each year.”

“…lost more than 9,000 billion tons of ice since 1961...”

Glacial melting feeds, “...an increase in sea levels of almost 1 millimeter per year.”

Glacial melting, “...resulted in global sea levels increasing by 27 millimeters in this period.”

“...melted ice of glaciers therefore accounts for 25 to 30 percent of the current increase in global sea levels.”

Big Glaciers Losing Big
“...glaciers in Alaska, followed by the melting ice fields in Patagonia and glaciers in the Arctic regions.”

Small Glaciers Losing, too
“...the European Alps, the Caucasus and New Zealand were also subject to significant ice loss; however, due to their relatively small glacierized areas they played only a minor role when it comes to the rising global sea levels.”



Last Glacier News

End of Cold: Another Rapidly Disappearing Glacier, Länta Glacier, Swiss Alps


Recent Glacier Research

Killing the Planet: End of Cold, Glaciers are Crashing

The End of Cold, 2018: Arctic Mountain Glaciers Melting Rapidly

The End of Cold, 2018: Tibet & Andes Glaciers are Going Away, so is their Water

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared with past Four Centuries

2019 Greenland Melting Expanding & Accelerating Rapidly

The Trend Continues: Everything Melting, Western USA, The End of Cold


Oldest & Coldest Glaciers are Melting

Remote Petermann Glacier Uncorking Greenland Ice Once Thought Stable

Once Thought Invincible, East Antarctic Ice Now seen as Vulnerable

East Antarctic Breakdown: The Totten Glacier is Melting

Moderate warming could melt East Antarctic Ice Sheet


Future Trajectory of Global Warming

Climate Models Underestimating Scale of Change: Twice What Climate Models Predict?

Nature is Crashing Hard: More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate


Two Degrees Already Baked In


Sea Levels

Sea Level Ecosystems Destroyed

ECO-CRASH NEWS: The Oceans, Surf’s Up, and Rising to Record Levels



Melting Ice, Glaciers, & Ice Caps: Estimating Dates for Reaping the Whirlwind(s)

Two New Climate Analysis: Short Term, A New Form of Climate Analysis. Long Term: Crashing Through Tipping Points




Water, Ice, Oceans, & Fish News

April 2019 News of Man & Nature








Nature News


Climate Destruction News



Bee News

Bear News

Spider Forum

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Frogs and Reptiles

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Health and Fitness

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Mosquito News

Female Trail

High Sierra History


Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

High Sierra Geology News

Fish, Oceans, & Water News






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