The Melting North

    November 26, 2012

    Infographic showing the amount of ice loss in Antarctica relative to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland

    The melting rate of glaciers offers one measure of climate change and has a direct effect on sea level. Due to their smaller size, ice caps and glaciers in the Canadian High Arctic may respond more rapidly to climate change, says Martin Sharp, chair, University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. (The area of ice in the Canadian Arctic Islands is almost nine per cent that of Greenland and one per cent that of Antarctica.) From 2003-2010, the mass loss rate per unit area of ice in Arctic Canada was about 3.5 times as high as the rate in Greenland and 33 times as high as the rate in Antarctica. Source: Martin Sharp, chair, University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences