Posted on August 27, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Researchers try to pinpoint sea level rise projections
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Sea level is set to rise at least three feet during the next few decades, NASA scientists and ice researchers said this week, updating their latest research and findings on how fast the world’s ice sheets and glaciers are melting.
The scientists said they’re still not sure exactly how fast the water will rise, but they’re getting closer to nailing down the timing, thanks to several ongoing research projects, including a five-year effort to measure ice loss around the edge of Greenland.
The goal, of course, is to help coastal communities prepare for the big changes ahead. Agriculture, transportation and other infrastructure like water treatment plants will all be affected by sea level rise. Continue reading
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Posted on August 22, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
‘The big picture across the world and over the long run is clear — carbon dioxide is making the ice melt’
A Greenland glacier shows signs of wear and tear during the peak of the summer melt season. @bberwyn photo.
FRISCO — Just like today, there were regional nuances in the Earth’s climate at the end of the last ice age — like solar radiation and ocean currents — that were factors in the meltdown of ice sheets and glaciers.
But the single biggest overriding cause was a global rise in temperatures caused by an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, a team of researchers said in a new study that measured isotopes in boulders that were uncovered during the global meltdown 11,000 years ago. Continue reading
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Posted on June 12, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
How will the meltdown go this time?
Study finds link between Arctic and Antarctic ice sheet meltdowns
FRISCO — Climate shifts have played out in different ways in the past, scientists concluded in a new study, after finding that a dramatic ice sheet collapse at the end of the ice age before last caused widespread climate changes and led to a peak in the sea level well above its present height.
The team found the events 135,000 years ago caused the planet to warm in a different way to the end of the most recent ice age about 20,000 to 10,000 years ago. The findings will help scientists understand the processes that control Earth’s dramatic climate changes, said the leader of the study, Dr. Gianluca Marino of The Australian National University’s School of Earth Sciences. Continue reading
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Posted on May 27, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
‘The signal of future glacier change in the region is clear: continued mass loss from glaciers is likely’
Researchers taking measurements in the Mera Glacier region of the Dudh Kosi basin. Photo courtesy Patrick Wagnon.
Scientists are trying to pinpoint the impacts of global warming on Himalayan glaciers and regional water supplies. Photo courtesy Nasa Earth Observatory.
FRISCO —In the worst-case global warming scenario, glaciers in the Mt. Everest region — the roof of the world — could shrink between 70 percent and 99 percent by 2100, scientists said this week, waring of dire downstream consequences for millions of people who rely on water from those ice fields.
“The signal of future glacier change in the region is clear: continued and possibly accelerated mass loss from glaciers is likely given the projected increase in temperatures,” said Joseph Shea, a glacier hydrologist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal, and leader of the study. Continue reading
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Posted on April 7, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Ice loss will affect hydropower, freshwater ecosystems
FRISCO — Global warming is likely to melt up to 70 percent of the glacial ice in western Canada by the end of the century. The meltdown will disrupt ecosystems and power supplies, and also affect water quality and wildlife habitat, according to scientists with the University of British Columbia. Continue reading
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Posted on November 19, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Most of the world’s ice rivers are shrinking into oblivion
The Dachstein Glacier in Austria has visibly and dramatically decreased in size in just a couple of decades. bberwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — For mountain dwellers around the world, shrinking glaciers are one of the most vivid symptoms of Earth’s rising fever. Those gleaming mantles of ice have already disappeared from iconic landscapes like Glacier National Park.
Globally, millions of people rely on glacier-regulated stream flows for water supplies, so communities need to prepare for disruptions in the hydrological cycle because it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the meltdown is not going to stop. Continue reading
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Posted on October 22, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Study hints at complexity of forecasting climate change in the mountains
FRISCO — Teasing localized climate information from global models is tough at any level, and becomes even harder when you factor in the complexities of mountain topography and highly localized and seasonal weather patterns.
But new data has enabled scientists to better understand the long-vexing climate change puzzle of growing glaciers in the Karakoram mountains, a northern range of the greater Himalayas. Understanding the future of glaciers in that region, and around the world, has implications for millions of people who rely on the glaciers for water supplies.
Most glaciers in the Himalayas and around the world have been retreated for the past 150 years, and the melting has accelerated in the last few decades. But the Karakoram glaciers have been stable or growing. The new study says it’s because a unique and localized seasonal pattern keeps the mountain range relatively cold and dry during the summer. Continue reading
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