Thursday, October 8, 2009

Shocker: Ice NOT melting in the polar caps!


Ice melt on the world's coldest continent was the lowest in 30 years during the 2008-2009 melt season, according to new research.
The finding was published in the journal Geophysical
Research Letters last month by Marco Tedesco, a research scientist at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, cooperatively managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; and Andrew Monaghan, National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist.
"A 30-year minimum Antarctic snowmelt record occurred during austral summer 2008–2009 according to spaceborne microwave observations for 1980-2009," their abstract states. "Strong positive phases of both the El-Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Southern Hemisphere Annular Mode (SAM) were recorded during the months leading up to and including the 2008–2009 melt season."


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