Experts Call A Massive Increase In Ice A “Meltdown”

Every year, the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet gains a massive amount of ice. Experts report this massive gain as a “meltdown.”

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ScreenHunter_1760 Aug. 08 05.46 Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Budget: DMI

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12 Responses to Experts Call A Massive Increase In Ice A “Meltdown”

  1. emsnews says:

    And today the IPCC issued yet another warning we are doomed due to hot hot hot stuff. It was 48 degrees F last night and tomorrow night, again, here in upstate NY which is October weather. No days above 85 degrees since mid-July.

  2. Kassu says:

    Wrong. that only shows surface mass balance and thanks to calving of ice-streams Greenland loses hundreds of gigatons of mass every year.

    • Calving is unrelated to melting or a meltdown, Homer. If the numbers you cite were accurate, which they aren’t, all they would indicate is a temporary imbalance of flow vs. accretion.

      • Kassu says:

        The point is that even if the SMB is positive, ice-streams remove enough mass to make the total mass-balance negative.

        …and the numbers are likely to be correct as three different and largely independent techniques used (altimetry, SAR and gravimetry) all give similar numbers.

        • Ice streams adjust to the surface balance. If the amount of new ice on the surface declines, then the flow of ice will also decline in the future. Glacial flow is driven by pressure caused by gravity.

  3. geran says:

    Computer modelers may want to note the gray area on the chart. The text at the site indicates this gray area represents 2 standard deviations. Note the discrepancy between the end of August (+190 to -190) verses the beginning of September (ZERO).

    Errors in the models again?

  4. Kassu says:

    Ice-streams also respond to grounding-line retreat and basal lubrication. See Jakobshaven ice-stream.

  5. Alf says:

    Is most of Greenlands land surface convex or concave??

  6. Billy Liar says:

    What amazes me is the vast area of northern Greenland which is devoid of glaciers. It cannot be due to temperature because it is mainly above 80°N. My conclusion is that the top end of Greenland gets less snow that it did in the past.

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