Greenland Ice Melt Sets New Record The Big Melt: Greenland Lost More Than a France-Sized Area of Ice Last Year Greenland Ice Melt Sets New Record The Big Melt: Greenland Lost More Than a France-Sized Area of Ice Last Year
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Greenland Ice Melt Sets New Record The Big Melt: Greenland Lost More Than a France-Sized Area of Ice Last Year

by Ben Jervey

March 3, 2011

The redder, the more days of snow and ice melt there were.

NASA's Earth Observatory puts it in context:

The long melt season primarily affected southern and western Greenland, where communities experienced their warmest year on record. After a warm, dry winter, temperatures were particularly high in the spring, getting the melt season off to a strong start. The early melting set the tone for the rest of the season, leading to more melting all the way into mid-September.

Marco Tedesco is the City College of New York professor and researcher in the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory responsible for the research. In his post on the record-setting melt, he notes:

The increasing melting trend over Greenland can be observed from the figure. Over the past 30 years, the area subject to melting in Greenland has been increasing at a rate of ~ 17,000 Km2/year.

This is equivalent to adding a melt-region the size of Washington State every ten years. Or, in alternative, this means that an area of the size of France melted in 2010 which was not melting in 1979.

There are also more beautiful photos like the one up top on his blog.

Photo: M. Tedesco

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Greenland Ice Melt Sets New Record The Big Melt: Greenland Lost More Than a France-Sized Area of Ice Last Year