Future Greenland doomRichard Treadgold | August 7, 2012
The author of the paper that prompted Scientific American’s alarming claim of a “meltdown” sounds caution over predicting the demise of the Greenland ice sheet.
Is it a turnaround? No, because in the abstract we read:
“Our results suggest that the ice mass changes in this sector were primarily caused by short-lived dynamic ice loss events rather than changes in the surface mass balance. This finding challenges predictions about the future response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to increasing global temperatures.”
It’s just that “Scientific” American didn’t mention it. I wonder why not?
Now, at Voice of America, geologist and co-author, Kurt Kjaer, of the Denmark Natural History Museum, says: “It is too early to proclaim the ice sheet’s future doom.”
The researchers say a longer and more detailed record of Greenland’s past is needed to better predict the future of the glacier-covered landmass.
That sounds reasonable. It should give scientists who have been predicting more drastic near-term futures pause for thought.
So that’s another peer-reviewed paper by a proper scientist refuting claims of ice-borne peril and disastrous sea level rise. A paper that’s based on observations, not modelling.
Remember this when the alarmists yet again cry wolf.