Friday, June 8, 2012

Arctic ice melt prelude to severe winters

The dramatic melt-off of Arctic sea ice due to climate change could lead to severe winter outbreaks, reveals a study.

Charles H. Greene, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University and colleague Bruce C. Monger, senior research associate, detail this phenomenon, the journal Oceanography reported.

“Everyone thinks of Arctic climate change as this remote phenomenon that has little effect on our everyday lives,” Greene said. “But what goes on in the Arctic remotely forces our weather patterns here.”
A warmer Earth increases the melting of sea ice during summer, exposing darker ocean water to incoming sunlight. This causes increased absorption of solar radiation and excess summertime heating of the ocean - further accelerating the ice melt, according to a university statement.

Read more: Khaleej Times

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