New Paper Finds Precipitation Over Greenland Has Increased Since 1890

  • Date: 30/03/14
  • The Hockey Schick

A new paper published in the International Journal of Climatology finds precipitation over Greenland shows an increasing trend from 1890-2012.

According to the paper, “The coastal meteorological stations showed on average increasing trends for 1890–2012 (3.5 mm water equivalent per year) and 1961–2012 (1.3 mm water equivalent per year). Increased precipitation offsets Greenland ice sheet mass loss from increased snowfall. Increased precipitation and snowfall with warming may partially explain why the Greenland ice sheet has endured much warmer climates in the past, such as during the last interglacial [Eemian], which was 8C warmer in Greenland according to ice core data.

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