Is Greenland ice melting and if so how fast?

Posted on October 28th, 2015 in Climage Change by Robert Miller

 

Greenland surface ice melting into a moulin

Greenland surface ice melting into a moulin

If the Greenland ice mass completely melted, it would raise the sea level by about 20 feet and threaten most coastal cities around the globe. While we have disturbing images of Greenland ice melting on the surface forming large moulins (image on left), we do not know whether the ice melting on the surface is forming new ice in the bowls of the moulins. That is what a team of researchers is now trying to establish in solving the mystery of the Greenland ice moulins.

Every year the Federal government spends about $1 billion in the research on the Arctic and Antarctic exploration related to climate change. Now the Republican controlled House is trying to eliminate federal funding related to climate change research. Yesterday the NYT  had an excellent article on a scientific exploration of Greenland ice to determine how much of the ice pack is melting.

RFM

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