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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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RE: YAWN...
By JonnyDough on 11/29/2008 12:31:22 AM , Rating: 1
Lies. They didn't have computers! By the way, I was pretty much poking fun at people who think they can measure global temps over a very short time frame like one hundred years. Maybe nobody understood that I was kidding. But for the record, during times of global temp change, many people died. We've studied Europe and the last ice age.


RE: YAWN...
By DASQ on 12/2/2008 6:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
The last ice age climate data consists of a cave relief of a guy huddling in a mammoth skin cloak in a cave with a bewildered look on his face that seems to question 'why sharp stick hurt?'


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