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Preventing water crises

Norwegian glaciers threatened by the heat wave

The heat wave that has swept Europe has reached also Norway. Researchers say the record temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius may result in some of Norway’s glaciers disappearing completely within a few years.

“We have had temperatures of over 30 degrees, and it is clear that this leads to great melting both of snow that is left and of the glaciers,” said Atle Nesje, professor of geology at the University of Bergen, adding that the melting also caused glacier rivers to flood.

Liss Marie Andreassen, a researcher with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, claimed that many of Norway’s glaciers may disappear over the next 20–50 years.

“The glaciers are climate indicators, and very sensitive to climate change,”

said the glaciologist.

Although the larger glaciers will remain for many years, they are also showing signs of receding.

“As the glaciers become smaller, there will also be less meltwater, something that can have consequences for watering and farming,”

Nesje explained.

The professor also noted that some hydroelectric plants rely on water from glaciers, and a part of their water reservoirs could also disappear. Forecasts predict that winter precipitation will increase by 15% and summer temperatures will increase by 2–3 degrees Centigrade towards the end of this century.

Many of Norway’s glaciers may disappear over the next 20–50 years. Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: NRK

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