Contemporary Study Portrays Just How Frantically Speedily Greenland Is Melting

Contemporary Study Portrays Just How Frantically Speedily Greenland Is Melting

According to the study, the melting steadily and steadily until the mid-19th century, but in the 20-21 century the pace has accelerated. They spent a total of five weeks in the area, drilling into the plains to collect tubes of ancient ice which, they said, has a record of the history of freezing and melting.

According to researchers, Greenland ice melting started in mid-1800s and now contributes to sea level more than at any time during the past three centuries.

This is the melting of the Greenland shield is one of the most important factors influencing the increase in global sea level. This means that the sea level could rise sooner and faster than previously assumed.

Greenland's ice sheet is now melting at a rate that is "off the charts" compared with the last 350 years, a new study by scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has warned.

The melting of Greenland's ice sheet is one of the main culprits behind the rising sea levels around the globe.

The scientists drilled at these elevations to ensure the cores would contain records of past melt intensity, allowing them to extend their records back into the 17th Century. Data suggests that even small changes in temperature caused exponential increases in melting in recent years - a non-linear response that points to feedback effects. Another noteworthy aspect of the findings is how little additional warming it now takes to cause huge spikes in ice sheet melting. Thicker melt layers represented years of higher melting, while thinner sections indicated years with less melting.

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Scientists say the amount of meltwater running off of the Greenland ice sheet has increased in modern times because of climate change, and rapid increases could be ahead.

The research says the melting could contribute to rising sea levels - threatening low-lying cities, islands and industries worldwide.

"We need to be aiming for net-zero emissions before 2050". Because Greenland had been icy and cold for thousands of years prior, the researchers suspect that 2012 was a record for melt going back even further, to as early as 7,800 years ago. Headed by climate scientist and glaciologist Luke Trusel of Rowan University, a team of USA and European scientists carried out the first continuous, multi-century analysis of the Greenland ice sheet meltdown.

In the wake of October's dire report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning that civilization has just more than a decade to stave off climate catastrophe, Thursday's report spells more bad news for the planet, especially the millions of people living near the world's oceans.

This research was funded by the US National Science Foundation, institutional support from Rowan University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the US Department of Defense, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the Netherlands Earth System Science Center, and the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research. Researchers drilled at such high elevations for good reason.

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