Good For The Greenland Ice Sheet, Bad For The Corn Belt

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

One thing that climate rationalists and warmers can agree on is that we all would like to have a healthy Greenland Ice Sheet. The good news on that front is that the ice sheet has put on 500 Gt this year as per this diagram provided by the Danish Meteorological Institute:

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Figure 1: Total daily contribution to the surface mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

The ice sheet is on track to add 500 Gt this year. It was given a big push along by a large storm in October 2016. Most of that was added on the southwest flank as shown by Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Map of the accumulated surface mass balance (in mm water equivalent) from September 1st, 2016 to August 11th, 2017.

All this means that the shrinkage of the Greenland Ice Sheet since the beginning…

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