BALTIMORE (WJZ) — According to NASA, it’s been a summer of near-record ice loss in Greenland, and there’s more melting to come.
NASA Scientist Tom Neumann says the world’s largest island is shrinking as a result of the ice melting.
“It’s losing mass even faster now than it used to. So that’s contributing to sea-level rise globally,” Neumann said.
While you may or may not be able to see the sea level rise, it could be felt during certain weather events.
“We have Hurricane Dorian going on right now, and when sea level increases, storm surge will be able to reach further inland,” Neumann said.
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The ice in Greenland is known as land ice, NASA is also tracking sea ice.
Unlike land ice, sea ice is already in the water, so when it melts, it doesn’t contribute to sea-level rise, but it does lead to warmer ocean temperatures.
“As that energy balance in the Arctic changes, it changes the jet stream and how weather systems move around, and changes the weather that we experience right here in the D.C. and Baltimore area,” Neumann said.
NASA is tracking these changes with a new satellite in space designated to monitor the amount of ice on earth.
It remains to be seen whether or not 2019 will set a record for arctic ice loss, but it is tracking to be one of the worst in the past 40 years