The melting Antarctic ice sheet will delay atmospheric warming by about a decade but speed up sea level rise, according to new research.

The study, which appears in Nature, is the first to project how the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will affect future climate, says first author Ben Bronselaer, adding that current climate models don’t include the effects of melting ice on the global climate.

The entire Earth will continue to warm, but the atmosphere will warm more slowly because more of the heat will be trapped in the ocean, he says.

“Warming won’t be as bad as fast as we thought, but sea level rise will be worse,” says Bronselaer, a postdoctoral research associate in the geosciences department at the University of Arizona.

Read the full article about ice sheet melt by Mari Jensen-Arizona at Futurity.