Greenland ice melt could raise seas less than feared, study says
May 3rd, 2012
05:05 PM ET

Greenland ice melt could raise seas less than feared, study says

(CNN) - Greenland's glaciers are sliding into oceans at a faster pace than previously known, but they may contribute less to an expected rise in global sea level than feared, scientists reported Thursday.

From 2000 to 2010, researchers at the University of Washington and Ohio State University monitored the vast rivers of ice that course across the world's largest island. Their results, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Science, found that glaciers in northwestern and southeastern Greenland flowing toward the Arctic and Atlantic oceans picked up speed by about 30%, on average.

"Glaciers are continuing to accelerate, which means they are continuing to put more ice into the ocean," said University of Washington at Seattle glaciologist Twila Moon, the paper's lead author. "And as soon as that ice hits the ocean, it's contributing to sea-level rise."

But Moon said her group's data suggests that contribution will be less than existing worst-case scenarios.

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  1. hamsta

    And if you look at climate patterns for the past 500 years without fudging the numbers you will find out man is NOT causing it.FACT climate change has been happening for billions of years and manmade global warming is a myth.

    May 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  2. Portland tony

    Stories like this are jokes....."Melting in Greenland MAY...........". You can liken a story just like this to "It MAY rain today and then again it MAY not" Nothing definitive....just a guess. No science.
    ...CNN MAY not publish tomorrow ...The sky MAY fall tomorrow ......Jeez!

    May 5, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  3. hamsta

    This isnt news.we have known for years that the climate scientists fudged the numbers.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Portland tony

      Fudge? Sea level is definitely rising. It's how much and how fast that is in question. Most of us won't be around to validate the fudge factor. So why worry?

      May 5, 2012 at 9:19 am |


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