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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 06:26 PM

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Nearing Critical ‘Tipping Point’

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Nearing Critical ‘Tipping Point’
by Andrew Freedman, via Climate Central

The Greenland ice sheet is poised for another record melt this year, and is approaching a “tipping point” into a new and more dangerous melt regime in which the summer melt area covers the entire land mass, according to new findings from polar researchers.

The ice sheet is the focus of scientific research because its fate has huge implications for global sea levels, which are already rising as ice sheets melt and the ocean warms, exposing coastal locations to greater damage from storm surge-related flooding.

Greenland’s ice has been melting faster than many scientists expected just a decade ago, spurred by warming sea and land temperatures, changing weather patterns, and other factors. Until now, though, most of the focus has been on ice sheet dynamics — how quickly Greenland’s glaciers are flowing into the sea. But the new research raises a different basis for concern.

The new findings show that the reflectivity of the Greenland ice sheet, particularly the high-elevation areas where snow typically accumulates year-round, have reached a record low since records began in 2000. This indicates that the ice sheet is absorbing more energy than normal, potentially leading to another record melt year — just two years after the 2010 record melt season.

“In this condition, the ice sheet will continue to absorb more solar energy in a self-reinforcing feedback loop that ...


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/07/01/508782/greenland-ice-sheet-melt-nearing-critical-tipping-point/

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kestrel91316 Jul 2012 #1
rhett o rick Jul 2012 #3
joshcryer Jul 2012 #4
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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 07:25 PM

1. I posit that it has already passed the tipping point. We're just a little slow on the uptake.

 

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 10:19 PM

3. We need to define "tipping point".

 

Here's a definition as I see it: The tipping point is the point in a movement that once passed, the reversing of the trend can not occur.

The point I think you are trying to make is that even if we did everything possible we couldnt stop the momentum passed the tipping point.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 11:05 PM

4. Agreed. Scientists have been underestimating AGW for decades now.

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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 07:34 PM

2. Stupid libruls!

 

Just paint the whole thing white.

Problem solved, with evil libruls and your all-powerful academic elitists trying to put our Holy billionaires into poverty.

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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 09:29 AM

5. "I gotta bad feeling about this..."

 

....good thing 'global warming' is a myth..

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