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Monday, February 3, 2014

I. Joughin et al., Further summer speedup of Jakobshavn Isbræ

The Cryosphere, 8 (2014) 209-214; doi: 10.5194/tc-8-209-2014 (open access)
Brief Communication: Further summer speedup of Jakobshavn Isbræ
I. Joughin1, B. E. Smith1, D. E. Shean1,2 and D. Floricioiu3
1Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, 1013 NE 40th St., Seattle, WA 98105-6698, USA
2Earth & Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
3German Aerospace Center (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Institute, SAR Signal Processing, Muenchenerstr. 20, 82230 Wessling, Germany


We have extended the record of flow speed on Jakobshavn Isbræ through the summer of 2013. These new data reveal large seasonal speedups, 30 to 50% greater than previous summers. At a point a few kilometres inland from the terminus, the mean annual speed for 2012 is nearly three times as great as that in the mid-1990s, while the peak summer speeds are more than a factor of four greater. These speeds were achieved as the glacier terminus appears to have retreated to the bottom of an over-deepened basin with a depth of ~ 1300 m below sea level. The terminus is likely to reach the deepest section of the trough within a few decades, after which it could rapidly retreat to the shallower regions ~ 50 km farther upstream, potentially by the end of this century.

Citation: Joughin, I., Smith, B. E., Shean, D. E., and Floricioiu, D.: Brief Communication: Further summer speedup of Jakobshavn Isbræ, The Cryosphere, 8, 209-214, doi: 10.5194/tc-8-209-2014, 2014.

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