134521Interesting article : Warm rivers play role in Arctic sea ice melt
- Mar 6, 2014
By Maria-José Viñas,
NASA Earth Science News Team
March 5, 2014
Available at http://climate.nasa.gov/news/1046
“The heat from warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean is contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice each summer, a new NASA study finds.
A research team led by Son Nghiem of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used satellite data to measure the surface temperature of the waters discharging from a Canadian river into the icy Beaufort Sea during the summer of 2012. They observed a sudden influx of warm river waters into the sea that rapidly warmed the surface layers of the ocean, enhancing the melting of sea ice. A paper describing the study is now published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.”
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