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.

Greenland is always stunning from the air! #IceBridge has provided a valuable dataset over the years between #ICESat and #ICESat2

Talking #Greenland #climatechange Icesheets and so much more! Cool!

It was great to see all the STEM enthusiasts and share our project! Thanks for stopping by to talk!

Love that students are sharing their research at the airport! Brilliant!

Interesting new study - 'most of the black carbon that reached the Arctic came from the Arctic countries and parts of Europe and northern China above about 42 degrees north latitude...passes through the southern edge of New York’ #Arctic #ClimateChange

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