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A glacial region in Norway  (Source: NRK)
Scandinavian nation reverses trend, mirrors results in Alaska, elsewhere.

After years of decline, glaciers in Norway are again growing, reports the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). The actual magnitude of the growth, which appears to have begun over the last two years, has not yet been quantified, says NVE Senior Engineer Hallgeir Elvehøy.

The flow rate of many glaciers has also declined. Glacier flow ultimately acts to reduce accumulation, as the ice moves to lower, warmer elevations.

The original trend had been fairly rapid decline since the year 2000.  

The developments were originally reported by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

DailyTech has previously reported on the growth in Alaskan glaciers, reversing a 250-year trend of loss. Some glaciers in Canada, California, and New Zealand are also growing, as the result of both colder temperatures and increased snowfall.

Ed Josberger, a glaciologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says the growth is "a bit of an anomaly", but not to be unexpected.

Despite the recent growth, most glaciers in the nation are still smaller than they were in 1982. However, Elvehøy says that the glaciers were even smaller during the 'Medieval Warm Period' of the Viking Era, prior to around the year 1350.

Not all Norwegian glaciers appear to be affected, most notably those in the Jotenheimen region of Southern Norway.



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Interesting post
By Andy35W on 11/28/2008 1:49:52 AM , Rating: 2
A nice pairing with the Alaska post you did, cheers.

I live in Enland so not too far away. For the last couple of years the summers have not have very large temp. peaks, 20C+ rather than 30C+ for the years before, presumably because air masses from Africa have not intruded too much into the north and therefore the more prevailing cooler maritime westerly air masses have rained (spelling mistake intended!) supreme. Therefore the current Norwegian glacial increase might be more a weather event than a climate one.

Will be interesting to watch though in case it is climate related, bit hard to tell at the moment.

Regards

Andy




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