A climate scientist with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Steffen Olsen shared a photo about the warm weather in Greenland that has sparked debate on global warming. Olsen was on a routine trip in northwest Greenland on June 13 to get the oceanographic and weather monitoring tools placed by his colleague at the weather station in the Inglefield Fjord area when he took the photo.
As the sled pulled by dogs went across the 1.2m (4ft) thick ice, they discovered that water had pooled on the surface. While the sea ice is normally dense with no cracks, the photo gives the impression that the dogs are walking on water.
Communities in #Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for an incresed predictive capacity in the Arctic @BG10Blueaction @polarprediction @dmidk https://t.co/Y1EWU1eurA
— Steffen M. Olsen (@SteffenMalskaer) June 14, 2019
Greenland’s ice melting season normally runs from June to August but the Danish Meteorological Institute said this year’s melting started on April 30, the second-earliest time on record going back to 1980.
William Colgan, a senior researcher at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, told BBC, “It’s very unusual to have this much melt so early in the season.”
The photo has since gone viral on the internet with people saying that it shows the impact of global warming:
Anybody who says global warming isn’t a thing should take look at this picture taken last Thursday by Steffen Olsen of Denmark’s Meteorological Institute crossing a glacier in Greenland flooded by a half meter of melt water. That same day, Greenland lost 2 Gigatons of ice. pic.twitter.com/QRI8e647ZD
— peter crozier (@pacrozier) June 18, 2019
A changing climate in the Arctic, with temps 40 degrees above normal this month. Photo credit: Steffen Olsen.A 2 billion(ton) loss in a single day! That’s a lot of ice and signals a big melt season coming for #Greenland this year. @UNFCCC @climateprogress @ClimateReality @UCSUSA pic.twitter.com/L6TtFYNeEI
— Akshat Behera (@akshatbehera) June 19, 2019
Photo taken on Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Steffen Olsen, a scientist with the @dmidk. Dogs appear to be walking on water in what should be flat white sea ice in Greenland🇬🇱. The reality of rapidly melting sea ice in the #Arctic Via @CNN https://t.co/AeLiG0mUj3 #ClimateEmergency pic.twitter.com/6EudWVf3Bm
— Nektarina Non Profit (@nektarina) June 19, 2019
— Joan Castiñeira (@joancastineira) June 18, 2019