NOAA, partners: Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt
New study shows clouds will be important in region’s future
April 3, 2013
Clouds over the central Greenland Ice Sheet last July were “just right” for driving surface temperatures there above the melting point, according to a new study by scientists at NOAA and the Universities of Wisconsin, Idaho and Colorado. The study, published today in Nature, found that thin, low-lying clouds allowed the sun’s energy to pass through and warm the surface of the ice, while at the same time trapping heat near the surface of the ice cap. This combination played a significant role in last summer’s record-breaking melt.
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2013 GEOSummit Meeting
Plans are underway to hold the 2013 Geo Summit Meeting in order to share science results and discuss upcoming plans for the station. The meeting will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada in conjunction with the 2013 Arctic Observing Summit hosted by the International Study of Arctic Change.
The GeoSummit meeting will take place during a half-day session following the AOS meeting May 4 so that participants can attend an IASOA meeting at the same venue.