Melting glaciers | Extreme weather expected

by | Feb 8, 2019

As per researchers, Billions of tones of meltwater flowing into the world’s oceans from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. This could boost extreme weather and destabilize regional climate within a matter of decades. The meltwater is expected to cause significant disruptions to ocean currents and change levels of warming around the world.

Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), is a liquid conveyor belt which plays a crucial role in Earth’s climate system. It helps ensures the relative warmth of the Northern Hemisphere. According to researchers, by mid-century meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet noticeably disrupts the AMOC.

The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets which are 3km thick, contains 2/3 of Earth’s fresh water. If they were to melt completely,  global oceans level will raise by 58 and 7 meters (190 and 22 feet), respectively