Sweden's highest point set to lose title as glacier melts
Sweden Sweden's highest point set to lose title as glacier melts
Glacier on the southern tip of Kebnekaise mountain shrinks due to record Arctic temperatures
Swedenâs highest peak, a glacier on the southern tip of the Kebnekaise mountain, is melting due to record hot Arctic temperatures and is no longer the nationâs tallest point, scientists said on Wednesday. âIâve never seen this much melted snow on the southern peak as I did this summer,â said Gunhild Rosqvist, a St ockholm University geography professor.Extreme global weather is 'the face of climate change' says leading scientist Read more
Rosqvist, who is also head of the Tarfala research station near the mountain, has been measuring the southern peak for many years as part of climate change research. Kebnekaise, a popular tourist destination located in Swedenâs far north, has two main peaks â" a southern one covered by a glacier and a northern one free of ice.
Rosqvist said the southern peak has lost four metres (13ft) of snow between 2 July and 31 July. This means an average of 14cm of snow melted every day on the glacier in July, as Sweden experienced record hot temperatures, triggering dozens of wildfires across the country, even in the Arctic Circle.The Swedish town on the frontline of the Arctic wildfires Read more
âThis is happening very fast. The result of this hot summer will be a record loss in snow and ice in the m ountains,â Rosqvist said.
At its latest measurement, the southern peak reached 2,097 metres above sea level, just 20cm higher than the northern tipâs 2096.8 metres. âThe forecast is that as of 1 August the southern peak is going to be lower than the northern peak,â Rosqvist said.
Last year, the difference between the two peaks was two metres. The southern glacier, whose height has been measured since 1880, has been melting by one metre each year in the past two decades, according to Stockholm University.Topics
- Climate change
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