Skip to comments.Arctic Going Green from Warming, Study Finds
Posted on 04/04/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Large swaths of the Arctic tundra will be warm enough to support lush vegetation and trees by 2050, suggests a new study.
Higher temperatures will lessen snow cover, according to the study, which is detailed in the March 31 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. That, in turn, will decrease the sunlight reflected back into the atmosphere and increase warming. About half the areas will see vegetation change, and areas currently populated by shrubs may find woody trees taking their place.
"Substitute the snowy surface with the darker surface of a coniferous tree, and the darker surface stores more heat," said study co-author Pieter Beck, a vegetative ecologist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. "It's going to exacerbate warming."
The Arctic climate affects the world: Changes in sea ice affect ocean circulation, which, in turn, affects atmospheric circulation that then impacts the globe, said Bruce Forbes, a geographer at the Arctic Center at the University of Lapland in Finland, who was not involved in the study.
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Folks,, Better hit the FReepathon thread today and beat the rush before we extinct spontaneously or sumthin’. Thanks!
Green is good.
Sounds like a dang fine place to try out some of them doomsday seeds to me. As far as the new study “suggesting”, I got some suggestions for them as well.
Great. I’ll be able to retire to my summer home in Northern Greenland.
Khrushchev is turning over in his grave....He lost his job mainly because of his disastrous attempts to grow corn and wheat in the tundra.
Global warming beats the heck out of global cooling. In a warm climate, you can sometimes get 2 growing seasons. In a cold climate, you’re lucky to get one season.
The Spotted Owl and Darter Snail will be glad to hear this.
Soom new housing developments will spring up there.
If there’s something we’re doing to create lush vegetation in the arctic, we should keep it up.
Great news indeed. I can move my redoubt from north of Lake Huron to the beach, on Hudson Bay.
Is having another area where trees and some cold weather food crops can grow not a good thing? The last time the climate warmed in recorded history, exploration and knowledge really advanced, and a group of Vikings were able to settle in Greenland, because it really was...
I’m doing my best to promote warming.
My roof is black and I installed a bunch of BLACK solar panels.
How many glo-bull warming predictions have come true so far?
Love how they concentrate on the small differences in the northern hemisphere. Sea ice in the southern hemisphere is ahead of the multi-year averages... by a larger margin than the northern ‘deficiency.’
In other words, globally speaking (and the enviros all want us to ‘think globally’), we’ve got more sea ice than normal.
Don't the global warming alarmists always tell us that trees and their capability to store carbon safely is a good thing?
Therefore, if global warming stimulates the growth of more trees, then global warming must be a good thing too!
First, I fail to see how more arable land is necessarily a bad thing, for humans or any other species on the planet.
Second, if billions more acres shift from being covered by ice to being green with plant life, wouldn’t that added green space absorb radically huge amounts of CO2?
It is April 4th 2013 and it is currently -24 below 0 in Cambridge Bay Canada right now. I’m sure the locals in Cambridge Bay wouldn’t mind some global warming.
This kind of talk reminds me of Sheldon, Howard, Leonard and Raj arguing about keeping the storyline consistent in the Star Trek fantasies.
Yeah, you and your stinkn’ science. What has science got to do with global warming?
These folks are standing on the platform of the station, still talking, not realizing that the train has done left without them.
Global warming will cause longer growing seasons and more land to become arable as the permafrost belt retreats, resulting in increased food production. But count on the liberal/leftists to argue that increased food production will lead to more obesity.
Yeah, it will happen in 2050, in fact it will happen every year leading up to 2050. Up here in Alaska, we call it spring.
Once that nasty old ice is gone they can dig into the ground and reveal the fossilized remains of the tropical plants that once grew there.
They date from even before Fred and Barney were driving around in their SUV’s made of logs and Stone.
The vast boreal forests bordering the tundra are already lush and green. If they were to advance northward it would be a beneficial development for the environment as a whole. Too bad it is highly unlikely to happen. This ridiculous screed is, as usual, based on a “computer” model, custom made to deliver the desired outcome. It is not based on any data at all.
Come 2050, the heat mongers will move the date up to 2080, ad infinitum.
I was kind of under the impression that the tundra was made up of tons of dead plant matter (kind of like a frozen bog). If it is bad and unprecedented, then how did all of that plant matter get there in the first place?
The heck with the southern hemisphere. I visit Mt. Shasta here in California a lot, almost annually. The snowpack is growing. Mt. Shasta glaciers are growing in California. Two Mt. Shasta glaciers have doubled in size since 1950 (Hotlum and Wintun). Glaciers are also growing in Alaska and Washington state. Those evil lib global warmer liars conveniently ignore the big differences happening in our own back yards.
“My roof is black and I installed a bunch of BLACK solar panels.”
Well, they did grow crops in Greenland, during the MWP (medieval warm period).
I do not recall any reports of the earth drowning then.
The MWP, however, was replaced by the LIA (little ice age).
No. See first chart at http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/sea-ice-page/
That is correct. More likely the increase in open water (caused by ocean warmth, not air warmth) will result in increased snowfall which will not melt but instead push the forests further south.
Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Anomaly: currently .435 million sq. km below normal
Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice Anomaly: currently .919 million sq. km above normal.
Since .919 > .435, we are indeed above normal. I believe that the red trace on the chart you cited indicates the same point.
Don't know about now, but way back when I was selling them instrumentation, these guys would do or say anything for grant money.
Just what, exactly, is a “vegetative ecologist?
Summertime - the concern is Man-made Global Warming.
Wintertime - the concern is Man-made Climate Change.
And always remember to capitalize either one when expressing results of a "study" or begging for grant money.