Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
Research article
15 Nov 2019
Research article |  | 15 Nov 2019

The imprints of contemporary mass redistribution on local sea level and vertical land motion observations

Thomas Frederikse, Felix W. Landerer, and Lambert Caron


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AR by Thomas Frederikse on behalf of the Authors (12 Sep 2019)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (08 Oct 2019) by Simon McClusky
ED: Publish as is (13 Oct 2019) by Susanne Buiter (Executive editor)
AR by Thomas Frederikse on behalf of the Authors (14 Oct 2019)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Due to ice sheets and glaciers losing mass, and because continents get wetter and drier, a lot of water is redistributed over the Earth's surface. The Earth is not completely rigid but deforms under these changes in the load on top. This deformation affects sea-level observations. With the GRACE satellite mission, we can measure this redistribution of water, and we compute the resulting deformation. We use this computed deformation to improve the accuracy of sea-level observations.