Brief communication "Historical glacier length changes in West Greenland" 1IMAU, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
15 Nov 2012
2GEUS, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark
3Department of Geography, University of Zürich-Irchel, Zürich, Switzerland
4Institute for Cartography, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Received: 30 Jul 2012 – Published in The Cryosphere Discuss.: 31 Aug 2012Abstract. Past glacier fluctuations provide insight into glacier dynamics, climate
change, and the contribution of glaciers to sea-level rise. Here, the length
fluctuations since the 19th century of 18 local glaciers in West and South
Greenland are presented, extending and updating the study by Weidick (1968).
The studied glaciers all showed an overall retreat with an average of 1.2 ± 0.2 km
over the 20th century, indicating a general rise of the
equilibrium line along the west coast of Greenland during the last century.
Furthermore, the average rate of retreat was largest in the first half of the
Revised: 28 Oct 2012 – Accepted: 05 Nov 2012 – Published: 15 Nov 2012
Citation: Leclercq, P. W., Weidick, A., Paul, F., Bolch, T., Citterio, M., and Oerlemans, J.: Brief communication "Historical glacier length changes in West Greenland", The Cryosphere, 6, 1339-1343, doi:10.5194/tc-6-1339-2012, 2012.