Danish meteorologist Steffen Olsen and his band of sled canine are strolling on skinny ice — throughout a frozen sea that has develop into flooded with melted glacial waters.
Olsen was trekking via northwest Greenland final week to get better instruments utilized by scientists on the Danish Meteorological Institute to trace ocean and climate adjustments — however he couldn’t discover them. Sadly, the Inglefield Gulf on which he traveled, often icy and coated in snow, was flooded with working water from Greenland’s melting ice sheet.
The mesmerizing photograph Olsen snapped on June 13as they waded over the splashy ice sheet provides the phantasm that his canine are strolling on water — however it’s something however a trick. Specialists say this picture is indicative of the planet’s local weather disaster.
“@SteffenMalskaer obtained the tough activity of retrieving our oceanographic moorings and climate station on sea ice in North West Greenland this yr,” wrote Olsen’s colleague Rasmus Tonboe by way of Twitter, whereas sharing the unbelievable photograph. “Speedy soften and sea ice with low permeability and few cracks leaves the soften water on high.”
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On the similar time Olsen took this photograph, information broke that Greenland has suffered a lack of two billion tons of ice already this season — about 40 p.c of their nation’s icy expanse. Whereas the nation experiences annual melting from June via August, the speed to this point this yr has been record-breaking.
“The excessive soften is uncommon so early within the season however not unprecedented,” tweeted @GreenlandIceSMB, the floor mass finances committee of Greenland’s Polar Portal, beneath the Danish Ministry for Power, Utilities and Local weather.
Specialists level out a snowball impact with regards to early season melting. Ice and snow are so much higher than water at deflecting the solar’s rays, stopping warmth absorption. Much less ice on the bottom means elevated melting as warmth extra simply penetrates the floor of the water.
Olsen himself is calling for immediate action: “Communities in #Greenland depend on the ocean ice for transport, searching and fishing. Excessive occasions, right here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of floor soften name for an elevated predictive capability within the Arctic.”
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