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.

Celebrating #ArcticSeaIceDay July 15th in recognition of this important piece in our global #Climate. More at @PolarBears and @NSIDC

Hope is critical to keep us going. 550 responses choose KIDS! We need more young people going into #Geoscience - the next generation of problem solvers!

The power of ice “over time Greenland’s ice sheet pulverizes the bedrock below” - great story about #Greenland and a potential resource resulting from #climatechange https://t.co/wQVHQ5Z0lO

First time on #GreenlandIce for many of these students! Always memorable! @JSEP_GL scientists of tomorrow #problemsolving #collaborating

JSEP is a great international program bringing together students from the US, Greenland and Denmark to study #Greenland Ice. #JSEP2019

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