West Greenland Melting: Fastest Seen in Modern Historical Record

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 30 March 2018



Oceans, Ice, & Water News
West Greenland Melting

Fastest Seen in Modern Historical Record

West Greenland Ice Sheet melting at the fastest rate in centuries,
Dartmouth College, March 28, 2018.

"The West Greenland Ice Sheet melted at a dramatically higher rate over the last twenty years than at any other time in the modern record."

"...highlights the importance of a long-term warming trend to account for the unprecedented west Greenland melt rates in recent years. The researchers suggest that climate change most likely associated with human greenhouse gas emissions is the probable cause of the additional warming."

"...west Greenland melt really started accelerating about twenty years ago."

"Although glaciers calving into the ocean cause much of the ice loss in Greenland, other research cited in the study shows that the majority of ice loss in recent years is from increased surface melt and runoff."

"...an additional summertime warming factor of 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit is needed to explain the unusually strong melting observed since the 1990s. The additional warming caused a near-doubling of melt rates in the twenty-year period from 1995 to 2015 compared to previous times when the same blocking and ocean conditions were present."



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