15 Aug '12, 9pm

The ice melt in Greenland already the largest measured, with a month of melting still to go, researcher says. #climate

The ice melt in Greenland already the largest measured, with a month of melting still to go, researcher says. #climate

It’s been a “Goliath,” record-setting melting year in Greenland, home of the world’s second largest ice shelf. On August 8th, a full four weeks before the end of “melting season,” cumulative melting on the island had exceeded the previous record set in 2010 , which included the full season. The record melt was figured by the “cumulative melting index,” created by researcher Marco Tedesco of The City College of New York’s Cryosphere Processes Laboratory to measure the “strength” of the melting season. The index is basically the number of days when melting occurs multiplied by the physical area that is subject to melting. Tedesco said in a statement , “With more yet to come in August, this year’s overall melting will fall way above the old records. That’s a goliath year — the greatest melt since satellite recording began in 1979.” Earlier this summer, much was made of a mass...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/goliath-melting-year-shatters-r...

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