The discovery of fossil plants below a mile of Greenland ice indicates that the ice sheet completely melted in the past, and suggests it could rapidly do so again.
Greenland ice sheet
March 15, 2021
November 10, 2020
Using radar and other techniques, researchers have mapped out the sediments left by a lake that apparently existed before Greenland was glaciated. Next step: drilling through the ice to see what they contain.
October 15, 2020
To measure algal blooms across large regions of the Greenland ice, and understand their effects on melting over time, scientists are turning to space.
September 30, 2020
If human societies don’t sharply curb emissions of greenhouse gases, Greenland’s rate of ice loss this century is likely to greatly outpace that of any century since shortly after the end of the last ice age, a new study concludes.
September 02, 2020
The massive ice sheet is now locked into a certain amount of decline. But reducing emissions remains critical to preventing catastrophic loss of the entire ice sheet.
August 20, 2020
An international team of polar researchers says that the Greenland ice sheet experienced record loss in 2019.
April 30, 2020
In a new study, researchers have proposed a mechanism for how mega-canyons under northern Greenland’s ice sheet formed: from a series of catastrophic outburst floods that suddenly and repeatedly drained lakes of melting ice-sheet water.
April 15, 2020
Study identifies unprecedented atmospheric conditions behind devastating summer; suggests climate models may greatly underestimate future melting.
February 05, 2020
While much of the world is planning for flooding and inundation from changes in sea level, Greenland is facing a much different future.
October 14, 2019
Using drones, laser scanners, and high-resolution models, researchers hope to find out more about the processes driving rapid melting in this region.