Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass budget far, far higher than average

Sixth highest on record.


Using daily output from a weather forecasting model combined with a model that calculates melt of snow and ice, scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) calculated the “surface mass budget” (SMB) of the Greenland ice sheet.

Greenland Ice Sheet SMB through 2017-18 (top) and 2018-19 (bottom) shown as blue lines. Grey lines show the 1981-2010 average and red shows the record low of 2011-12. Credit: DMI Polar Portal.

When you look at the blue lines on the above graphs, it is quite evident that the Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass budget is far, far higher than the mean.

For this year, the DMI scientists calculated a total SMB of 517bn tonnes, which is almost 150bn tonnes above the average for 1981-2010, ranking just behind the 2016-17 season as sixth highest on record.

The scientists involved, Dr Ruth Mottram, Dr Peter Langen and Dr Martin Stendel, are climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, which is part of the Polar Portal. They reported their startling findings in a little heralded article on 17 Oct 2018.

See entire article here:

Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2018

10 thoughts on “Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass budget far, far higher than average”

  1. As weather patterns seem to track easterly…I would say winter 2019 or 2020 should see the western US have a winter like we haven’t seen in a long time. Better all of us study up on winter driving skills.

    • Best not to drive at all

      Stock your home so that you can have FUN for 30 days without going outside, except to play in the Snow and laugh.

      We White People can enjoy this since we were created BY this.

  2. Bangladesh, December 29, 2018: Help the poor as cold strikes.
    As the country has entered the winter’s main phase, mercury is dipping everywhere, disrupting normal life. Even in Dhaka where the cold is usually less severe than other places of the country, particularly the northern areas, the chill of winter is being felt strongly now. According to the weather forecast, in the coming days, cold will be even more severe and it is the poor people of the country who will be hit hard. They will also become victims of various cold-related diseases.
    A cold spell for a longer time can damage the crops of the country also. In the past we noticed that when cold was heavy it affected the crops. A longer period of cold may cause Boro seedlings to die and as a result of this, production of the seasonal crops might fall far behind the target. We cannot stop the cold wave to blow, but surely there are measures that can be taken beforehand to minimise the damage of the crops.
    For protecting the poor people as well as stopping agricultural losses, the government’s relevant departments including the ministry of disaster management and relief and the ministry of agriculture must remain prepared. In cold, many people and organisations generally extend help to the poor people by providing them with warm cloths. This winter is no exception. The ministry of disaster management should also start distribute adequate warm cloths including blankets to the vulnerable people everywhere.
    But as old people and babies are particularly affected by cold, government’s medical help should always be ready. The health department ought to pay special attention that, in the rural places, public doctors do not remain absent in their stations when cold related diseases such as cough, fever, pneumonia, asthma and various skin diseases hit the people hard. Even a minor cough and fever can turn very serious if they are left untreated.

  3. The planet is over heating causing the cold & ice to build…. Co2 being the main driver… Love the IPCC.
    Anyone dumb enough to lap their lies up deserves to freeze in hell along with all the other fake news consensus peddlers of fiction.

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