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07 Oct 2022 | Greenland

Greenland 8°C warmer in September

06.10.2022, Greenland. In what would be the start to a series of anomalous temperature spikes in the autumnal shoulder season, the temperature at Greenland’s highest point was above freezing on Sept 3–the first time ever recorded in September. At this time, more than one-third of Greenland’s ice sheet (~600,000 square kilometers) was in melt and meltwater runoff peaked at 12bn tons per day. New data from Copernicus now shows that temperature anomalies in Greenland exceeded 8°C for the entire month of September (based on 1981-2010 data). This is significant because–even in an otherwise relatively ‘normal’ year for melt–we are seeing notable warming spells extend well into the post-season, indicative of how Arctic warming is strengthening and prolonging melting periods that will have global consequences, such as increased sea level rise. This follows on the heels of a paper by two Arctic Basecamp scientists, Drs Jason Box and Alun Hubbard, which highlights a committed 27cm of sea level rise from Greenland’s meltwater even if all emissions were cut immediately.

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ARCTIC RISK INDICATORS

The following gauges show up-to-date data regarding key indicators in the Arctic. These indicators clearly point to the crisis at hand.

The Arctic (80°N+) Surface Temperature
12 % days
in 2022 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
39 days
in 2022 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
Worldwide number of disasters
334 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1970s
252 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1980s
169 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1990s
Arctic Sea Ice Extent
1.9 Million km²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Oct-2022
0.72 Million mi²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Oct-2022
Arctic Wildfire emissions
12.32 megatonnes CO₂e
CO₂e emissions in 2022 so far
Greenland rate of ice loss
4.5 hundred thousands l/s
on average in 1986-2015
4.5 tons per second
on average in 1986-2015
Arctic Air Quality (PM2.5)
1.49 microgram per cubic meter
on 26-Nov-2022