Increased future ice discharge from Antarctica owing to higher snowfall

  title={Increased future ice discharge from Antarctica owing to higher snowfall},
  author={Ricarda Winkelmann and Anders Levermann and Maria Martin and Katja Frieler},
Anthropogenic climate change is likely to cause continuing global sea level rise, but some processes within the Earth system may mitigate the magnitude of the projected effect. Regional and global climate models simulate enhanced snowfall over Antarctica, which would provide a direct offset of the future contribution to global sea level rise from cryospheric mass loss and ocean expansion. Uncertainties exist in modelled snowfall, but even larger uncertainties exist in the potential changes of… 
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