It can be easy to overlook the monstrous scale of the Antarctic ice sheet.
They also highlight the existential threat facing low-lying coastal cities and communities home to hundreds of millions of people.
The study found more than 10 percent of Antarctica's coastal glaciers are now retreating more than 25m per year.
"Whilst there's still considerable uncertainty about East Antarctica mass balance, it is increasingly clear that ice loss from West Antarctica has accelerated", said Kate Hendry, a researcher at the University of Bristol, commenting on the findings.
Andrew Shepherd from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and Erik Ivins from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) led a group of 84 scientists from 44 global organizations in the research that gives us the most complete picture to date of the changes going on with the Antarctic ice sheet.
As well as being a major cause of sea-level rise, scientists say the oceans around Antarctica are a key "carbon sink" - absorbing huge amounts of greenhouse gases helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change. In the Amundsen Sea Embayment (named after Roald Amundsen, one of the first explorers to reach the South Pole) warming ocean temperatures have reduced the floating ice shelves which slow the flow of the mighty Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers, resulting in a rapid acceleration of ice losses.
If all that ice melted, it would be enough to raise the world's sea levels by roughly 61 metres. Each of these satellites provide an independent way to measure Antarctica's past contribution to sea level rise.
Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and two other institutions using decades of satellite measurements have demonstrated that the Antarctic ice sheet is thinning and contributing to a global ocean rise.
The Eastern Antarctic ice sheet, which is more protected from the ocean, has actually seen a slight rise in its coverage by about 5 billion tonnes.
"This is like the "straw that broke the camel's back", triggering the runaway collapse of large areas of ice shelves weakened by pre-existing fracturing and decades of surface flooding".
Antarctica's ice sheet is melting at rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday. He blames the burning of coal, oil and natural gas as the cause of global warming.
Likewise, the fact that some ice on the southern continent was stable in a warming climate does not signal that Antarctica can somehow backstop the impact of climate change, they cautioned.
"If you start removing mass from there, you can have a very large scale evacuation of ice into the ocean and significant sea level rise", she continued.
"We have long suspected that changes in Earth's climate will affect the polar ice sheets", said Professor Shepherd. In 2014 the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) published its fifth assessment report, which includes modelled projections of Antarctica's contribution to sea level rise over the century. Even so, East Antarctica's gains are very small when looking at the bigger picture - running at about five billion tons a year. "But remember for the northern hemisphere, for North America, the fact that the location in West Antarctica is where the action is amplifies that rate of sea level rise by up to an about additional 25 percent in a city like Boston or NY".