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A location selected for its stability more than a decade ago to house a back-up supply of humankind’s crop seeds is now among the fastest-warming places on Earth.
According to a new report about the state of the climate in Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago that’s home to the so-called Doomsday Vault, accelerated warming in the region could raise temperatures by up to 10°C before the end of the century.
Temperatures - Challenges - Vault - Facility - Entrance
Unusually warm temperatures have already begun to pose challenges to the vault; back in 2017, the facility’s entrance tunnel suffered a flood as a result of thawing permafrost.
With medium to high emissions considered for the near future, both temperatures and precipitation will dramatically increase, threatening the stability of the frozen ground the vault is built upon.
Climate - Svalbard - Report - Environment - Agency
The Climate in Svalbard 2100 report was commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency.
Svalbard and, specifically, the town of Longyearbyen, which sits adjacent to the site of the Doomsday Vault, have been experiencing warming at an unparalleled rate in recent years.
Addition - Temperature - Rise - Case - Scenario
In addition to a 10-degree temperature rise estimated for the worst case scenario, the remote area could see a 45-65 percent increase in annual precipitation.
These changes will shorten the snow...
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