Ratio of the Greenland to global temperature change: Comparison of observations and climate modeling results
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2005
Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 32, Issue 14, 28 July 2005
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2005), Ratio of the Greenland to global temperature change: Comparison of observations and climate modeling results, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L14705, doi:10.1029/2005GL023552., and (
- Issue published online: 21 JUL 2005
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JUN 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 19 JUN 2005
- Manuscript Received: 18 MAY 2005
 Temperature changes over Greenland are of special interest due to a possible melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and resulting sea level rise. General Circulation Models (GCMs) predict that the temperature changes in Greenland should proceed at a faster rate than the global temperature change. Until now there has been no confirmation that Greenland's long-term temperature changes are related to the global warming and that they proceed faster than the global temperature change. Using double correlations between the Greenland temperature records, North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index and global temperature change we find a region of Greenland that is not affected by the NAO. Using this region as an indicator of Greenland's temperature change that is related to global warming, we find that the ratio of the Greenland to global temperature change due to global warming is 2.2 in broad agreement with GCM predictions.