"The only thing we can do is to adapt and mitigate further global warming – it's too late for there it's no effect, "said Bevis. "
Greenland's ice has historically melted in cycles due to natural weather phenomena, but rising temperatures have exacerbated the trend," said Bevis.
"These oscillations have been happening forever," he said. "So, why not only are they causing this massive melt? It's because the atmosphere is, at its baseline, warmer."
But Bevis' team's study differs from previous research on Greenland because it focused on Greenland's southwest, which does not have many glaciers, according to a news release from Ohio State.
Researchers studying sea level rise often focus on Greenland's southeast and northwest regions, home to large glaciers that see large icebergs break off and flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
Bevis and his co -authors found that by 2012, the rate of ice loss had accelerated to almost four times what it was in 2003. They also found that this acceleration was largely made in Greenland's southwest
"We knew we had one big problem em with increasing rates of ice discharge by some large outlet glaciers, "Bevis said. "But now we recognize a second serious problem: Increasingly, large amounts of ice mass are going to leave as meltwater, as rivers that flow into the sea."