Saturday, June 21, 2008

Study: Greenland's climate warming

NUUK, Greenland, June 20 (UPI) -- The climate on Greenland abruptly warmed, corresponding to a global rise in temperature, a Danish research team studying Greenland's ice cap reported.

Research scientists said it took only two years for global warming to affect Greenland's weather during the last ice age that ended 11,700 years ago, The Copenhagen Post reported.

The Danish-led research team studied the ice core in Greenland from 1999 to 2003. By taking samples from deep within the ice they were able to chart yearly changes the climate had effected on the island's ice levels.

The temperature increase in Greenland corresponds to a global temperature increases, said Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, a professor from Copenhagen University's Center for Ice and a research team member.

The data will be used to create climate-change models that work with sudden changes in weather systems.

The research was published in Science magazine.

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