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Ice Sheet Firn Changes Reported In Greenland

05.01.2016 10:09 Age: 2 yrs

Climate change is altering the way the Greenland ice sheet melts and accelerating sea level rise, claims a York University professor who has co-authored research showing that the layer of firn - compacted snow - on top of the ice sheet reacts rapidly to climate changes

Click to enlarge. Meltwater rivers on the Greenland ice sheet. Courtesy: Dirk van As, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark


From York University



Greenland meltwater storage in firn limited by near-surface ice formation by Horst Machguth, Mike MacFerrin, Dirk van As, Jason E. Box, Charalampos Charalampidis, William Colgan, Robert S. Fausto, Harro A. J. Meijer, Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Roderik S. W. van de Wal published in Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2899

Read the abstract and get the paper here


York University news release here.