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ARC2012 Climategov Graphics AGU All3

ARC2012 Climategov Graphics AGU All3

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Published by: Patricia Dillon on Dec 05, 2012
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2012 Arctic Report Card
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcardData visualizations and graphics from the NOAA climate.gov team
For more information contact:
Jana Goldman, NOAA OAR
Director of Public & External AffairsJana.Goldman@noaa.gov 
Widespread melting on Greenland
A rare, nearly ice-sheet-wide melt was recorded by satellites for the first time in 2012. Themelt season was the longest it has been since satellite observations began in 1979.Melting ice contributes to sea level rise through direct, mass loss, and melt water canlubricate the underside of glaciers and accelerate glacier flow, further contributing to sea levelrise. Surface melt changes the shape of ice and snow crystals, making them less reflective.
Surface melt in early & mid-July, 2012.
Summer weighed heavily on Greenland
The unusual melting event followed several months during which high pressure systems repeatedlyparked over Greenland. High pressure generally leads to calm winds and sunny skies, both of whichboost temperatures during the all-day sunshine of mid-summer at high latitudes.

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