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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 sigilscience on 11/30/2008 7:59:14 PM , Rating: 3
According to my translator, that page just says the city itself set a record, not an entire region of the country. It's also a very fast growing city, which means temperatures are going to go up anyway, with or without global warming. All that extra black pavement and dark rooftops make for rising temperatures.


RE: YAWN...
By lucasb on 12/1/2008 3:50:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
According to my translator, that page just says the city itself set a record, not an entire region of the country.

I only posted two examples (a blog referencing Buenos Aires and the online version of Rosario's main newspaper). Both cities are a mere example of a phenomenon which affected vast areas.
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It's also a very fast growing city, which means temperatures are going to go up anyway, with or without global warming. All that extra black pavement and dark rooftops make for rising temperatures.

Bad call for the UHI effect.
- Most climate models are already adjusted for the UHI effect which, BTW, is thought as not being important in the general scheme of things.
- Rosario isn't a "very fast growing city".
- The weather stations of Bs. As. are placed in places not affected by urbanization.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroparque_Jorge_Newb...
http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/barrios/buscad...
- The records are far off the scale
"Aunque parezca pequeña, la diferencia de 1,5 grados entre las marcas de 1994 y las de este noviembre es muy elevada , explicó el licenciado Leis. Y agregó: Lo habitual es que las marcas se superen por apenas unas décimas ."

Straight from the horses' mouth:
http://www.smn.gov.ar/?mod=clima&id=73


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