200 cubic kilometres of ice every year

Cropped satellite image of Greenland showing southern tip with flows

A recent post to the Real Climate blog details recent work on satellite images of Greenland showing the volume of ice flow into the sea from the glaciers that surround the coast.

The numbers are large – 220 cubic km of ice per year is currently flowing from the glaciers into the sea. That apparently corresponds to a rise in ocean level of around 0.57mm each year. I was interested to see the Sea Level Equivalent (SLE) as a unit of volume.

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