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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Peter Sinclair, Yale Forum: Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

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Independent video producer Peter Sinclair trains his lens and microphone on seven climate science experts to help explain ice melt in Greenland and its implications for sea-level rise over remainder of the century.
Powerful graphics and concise interviews with expert climate scientists combine in independent video producer Peter Sinclair’s monthly Yale Forum “This Is Not Cool” video on Greenland ice melt.
The video includes interviews and sound clips featuring NASA climate scientists; Nichols College, Ohio State and Penn State scientists; and a Climate Institute scientist. Among other points, these experts cite the benefits of having ice melt maps over the past two decades and point to the intensity, and not necessarily the geographical extent, of Greenland ice sheet melting as a particular concern.
“Exceptional melts” is how one expert characterizes recent Greenland melting … “very well documented” by satellite records. “A 10-year doubling time” on Greenland’s sea-level contribution “makes it much more likely that we will observe more than one meter of sea-level rise by the end of the century,” a scientist observes. Another scientist’s counsel: “A big dip in 2012. We don’t know what’s going to happen in 2013.”
“Just astounding to see,” a glaciologist cautions … “we just have more melt everywhere.”
“A very serious issue,” another concludes.
The video is one of a continuing series that Sinclair produces exclusively for The Yale Forum.

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