Greenland is now facing a faster ice meltdown than ever in an unexpected region. According to a new study issued yesterday, this phenomenon would give birth to more extreme hurricanes that would impact the East Coast.
“The degree of melting is unusual, unprecedented in the last hundred years. You never got four or five years of major melting like this in the 1900s. Everything’s in agreement that the melting is massively increasing in this century compared to the last,” Michael Bevis, a geophysicist with Ohio State University and co-author of the study.
According to the study, the ice sheet in southwest Greenland melted by four times faster in 2012 than in 2003, Bevis added. On the other hand, scientists did not expect the ice meltdown in the southwest Greenland region to happen at such a pace since that area does not have many glaciers.
More Extreme Hurricanes To Impact the East Coast Due To Fast Greenland Ice Meltdown
The study also established a link between the fast Greenland ice meltdown and the weather phenomenon called the North Atlantic Oscillation. “This is horrifying really,” said Michael Bevis.
The North Atlantic Oscillation is an irregular movement of air currents, and it tends to bring warm air to Greenland. Also, it’s accelerating the ice meltdown in combination with global warming and its consequences on other weather phenomena. “The real worry now is just how much worse will it get,” Bevis added, referring to the rising sea levels caused by the ice meltdown.
According to the expert, the rising sea level caused by the fast Greenland ice meltdown is going to affect Canada’s East Coast like Newfoundland and Labrador, but also the US coastal cities like New York and Miami. One of the effects of the phenomenon would be a surge in extreme hurricanes occurrence.
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