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International Study Provides More Certain Measure of Melting in Polar Ice Sheets
November 29, 2012
An international group of dozens of climate scientists have reconciled two decades worth of measurements of changes in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. The results roughly halve the uncertainty in the measurements. The fate of the ice sheets is a factor in future sea level rise and a major uncertainty in existing climate models.
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