ESA picture of the Greenland ice sheet

Greenland Article the most read among IOP journals

Monday 11 May 15

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A couple of weeks after publication of his article "Greenland ice sheet mass balance: a review" DTU Space researcher Abbas Khan, and his internation colleagues, had the pleasure of seeing their work reach the top of the 'Most read articles' list from prestigeous publisher, IOP. The article collects together all the scientific data about the Greenland icesheet for the last 150 years, and the picture painted by these data is not promising.

The conclusion is that the ice sheet has lost mass in previously unheard of quantitie during the last 25 years. Also, this melt water has raised the global sea level.  The accelerating melting and glacier flow which has led to loss of ice, is driven by temperature changes in both the air and sea around Greenland. Abbas Khan and his colleagues have collected many different kinds of data so as to understand the likely future developement and consequences of this ice loss, without being unduly affected by the very short-term variations that can be measured.

Since these results have serious implications the article has been read by many other researchers and people involved in climate change policy - boosting the article to the top of IOP's list. Abbas Khan is himself is well aware of the article's importance: "In contrast to other articles, this one aims to document the ice mass balance for the last 150 years, to see what happens over longer time scales. I think it's fascinating to go back in time and look at the old data which is worth its weight in gold."

The article can be read on IOP's homepage.

"I think it's fascinating to go back in time and look at the old data which is worth its weight in gold."
Abbas Khan, researcher, DTU Space