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They found that total mass loss increased by 26 ± 14 gigatonnes per year from 2002 to 2009, but this change is still three times larger than that found for mountain glaciers and ice caps. A new, high-resolution surface mass balance map of Antarctica (1979–2010) based on regional atmospheric climate modeling.

How has the surface mass balance of Antarctica changed in the past?

And what effect will increased snowfall have over coming centuries?

In order to answer these questions, we must analyse the surface mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Surface mass balance varies extensively over Antarctica. Agosta, C., Favier, V., Krinner, G., Gallée, H., Fettweis, X., & Genthon, C.

The mass balance of West Antarctica is dominated by dynamic losses from the Amundsen Sea sector, and dynamic gains from the Kamb Ice Stream.

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J., Ritz, C., Smith, B., Tulaczyk, S., Whitehouse, P.

Frezzotti, M., Scarchilli, C., Becagli, S., Proposito, M., & Urbini, S.

A doubling in snow accumulation in the western Antarctic Peninsula since 1850.

| Surface mass balance in the past | Surface mass balance in the future | References | Comments | Is Antarctica currently losing or gaining mass?

Will this massive ice sheet grow or shrink in the future?

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