Scientists are finding that glaciers and ice sheets are surprisingly touchy. Instead of melting steadily, like an ice cube on a summer day, they are prone to feedbacks, when melting begets more melting and the ice shrinks precipitously.
National Academy Press:
UNDERSTANDING ~ 1 11V12~1= CHANGE FEEDBACKS Panel on Climate Change Feedbacks Climate Research Committees Boa rcl on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Division on Earth and Life Studies NATIONAl RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAl ACADEMIES THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press Home Page
PREFACE The National Research Council (NRC), the operating arm of the National Academies, has over the years produced an extensive body of work focused on issues relevant to observing and understanding changes in climate…Although these statements are addressed toward the entirety of the climate research enterprise, the report also specifically discussed the importance of reducing the uncertainties associated with climate change feedbacks such as water vapor, clouds, and snow cover. This report is an attempt to look in detail at that challenge and identify ways to improve our understanding of climate change feedback processes.
Apparently, this is a plural form of 'feedback' coined in climate research.
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