Record Greenland Ice Melting Caused By Arctic Amplification

Posted: Jun 10 2016, 4:34am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 10 2016, 5:21am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Record Greenland Ice Melting Caused by Arctic Amplification
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  • Greenland Melted Ice Record for 2015 corroborates Arctic Amplification Effect

It has been found that the Greenland melted ice record for 2015 corroborates the Arctic Amplification Effect 100% of the way.

Record temperatures and the melting of ice took place on a regular basis in Greenland last year. A novel study, published in the journal Nature, shows that this is in conjunction with a phenomenon known as the Arctic Amplification Effect.

Arctic Amplification is basically the faster warming of the Arctic as compared to the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. Sea ice is beginning to be a scarce commodity as temperatures soar due to global warming. 

This phenomenon is subject to a feedback process. Rising temperatures melt Arctic ice. This leaves the open water which sucks in the sun’s radiation. That warms the Arctic even more so and thus we have this continuous process of melting.

While Arctic Amplification is a well-known phenomenon, its effects are up for debate. Some say that it will lead to a lassitude in the jet stream.

The jet stream, let us not forget, is the very reason that the Arctic frigid air is kept safe and secure from the southern warmer air. When warm air intermingles with the northern frigid air, there will be havoc as regards the global temperature balance. 

The study regarding this phenomenon was published in a journal. Such a phenomenon was observed in Greenland in 2015. The areas of Greenland which will melt depend upon changing weather conditions elsewhere. The jet stream may be changing Greenland for good.

As for Greenland, it may in turn have an effect on the Arctic sea ice. All this may seem like a tall order, but it is actually happening right before our very eyes. Since everything is interconnected, a little change here means a lot of change there. 

The problem is that Greenland holds the second largest ice sheets in the world after Antarctica. To lose the ice would be a perfect disaster in the making.

Were Greenland’s ice sheets to melt completely, the global coastline water levels would rise by seven meters. These indicators will have to be closely monitored.

The future of the planet depends upon it. In June of 2015, Greenland underwent record levels of melting ice. The weather patterns that got radically changed are a complex thing to explain.

Suffice it to say that the soaring temperatures that drove the change led to different pressures in different areas of the large frigid land mass in the Atlantic Ocean. It is yet to be seen how these record rates of melting ice in Greenland will affect future trends.

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