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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:01 AM

Updated paper on records in Greenland in 2012 published

Overall, in 2012 ALL of the considered parameters (albedo, bare ice, surface mass balance, melting, total mass change, etc.) set a new record !

The paper has been published on The Cryosphere Discussion.

http://www.greenlandmelting.com/1/post/2012/11/updated-paper-on-records-in-greenland-in-2012-published.html


Cumulated Surface Mass Balance for the 1958 - 2011 mean and the 2010, 2011 and 2012 years


Mass change from GRACE

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phantom power Dec 2012 OP
longship Dec 2012 #1
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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:18 AM

1. If Greenland goes, so do the lowland areas all over the world.

These are stunning graphs.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:24 AM

2. If it *all* went, it would add about 20 feet to sea level.

That also ignores the impact of removing that much weight from the greenland land mass. I don't know if there are any educated predictions on what that impact would be, but my grab-ass intuition is you can't just remove so much mass without greenland itself shifting upward, with some kind of non-zero tectonic consequences.

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Response to phantom power (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:45 AM

3. Oh right, it's already happening

and by the way, oh fucking hell, a kilometer

Melting ice is currently causing Greenland to rise by 3 cm a year. This rate is accelerating, and if the entire ice sheet is to disappear, the island would rise about one kilometre, new GPS readings reveal.

http://sciencenordic.com/greenland-rising-out-sea
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1127&pid=24438

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