Exploring The Greenland Ice Sheet Stability In A Changing Arctic System

Snow on Ice is a National Science Foundation funded project led by the University at Buffalo, bringing together experts from different institutions and scientific disciplines to explore ice sheet stability through the linked systems of ocean, ice and atmospheric conditions. The project is taking  a new look at the Arctic climate, questioning whether current warming conditions could actually stabilize the Greenland Ice Sheet if the continual reductions in Arctic sea ice were to unexpectedly change the Arctic hydrologic cycle. Paleoclimate records have shown that in the past newly exposed ocean water caused previously cold and dry Arctic air masses to warm, bringing additional moisture to the region. Could this happen again with some of the precipitation falling as additional snow? Increased snowfall on Greenland,  combined with temperatures cool enough to allow the snow to last through the summer, would cause the ice sheet to grow and begin to stabilize. This hypothesis is driving the Snow on Ice project.

Critical report released #NationalClimateAssessment Volume 2 of the fourth US assessment.Great summary document! https://t.co/3HFzUT2o3w

Looking forward to sharing some #Greenland #climate science at AGU!

Our team is focused on Ending Climate Silence, let’s fill the space with Climate Information #data #climate @jennababin @LamontEarth @UBGeology @IsotopeThomas

All eyes on Greenland #SeaLevelRise https://t.co/26UW4cR2lB

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