Current melting of Greenland's ice mimicks 1920s-1940s event
Date: Monday, December 10, 2007 @ 23:24:00 MST
Two researchers spent months scouring through old expedition logs and
reports, and reviewing 70-year-old maps and photos before making a
They found that the effects of the current warming and melting of Greenland 's glaciers that has alarmed the world's climate scientists occurred in the decades following an abrupt warming in the 1920s.
Their evidence reinforces the
belief that glaciers and other bodies of ice are exquisitely
hyper-sensitive to climate change and bolsters the concern that rising
temperatures will speed the demise of that island's ice fields,
hastening sea level rise.
The work, reported at this week's annual meeting of the American
Geophysical Uni0n in San Francisco , may help to discount critics'
notion that the melting of Greenland 's glaciers is merely an isolated,
They recently recognized from using weather station records from
the past century that temperatures in Greenland had warmed in the 1920s
at rates equivalent to the recent past. But they hadn't confirmed that
the island's glaciers responded to that earlier warming, until now.
“What's novel about this is that we found a wealth of information
from low-tech sources that has been overlooked by most researchers,”
explained Jason Box, an associate professor of geography at Ohio State
University and a researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center. Many
researchers, he says, rely heavily on information from satellites and
other modern sources...
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