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Volume 8, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 8, 209-214, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-209-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 8, 209-214, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-209-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Brief communication 03 Feb 2014

Brief communication | 03 Feb 2014

Brief Communication: Further summer speedup of Jakobshavn Isbræ

I. Joughin1, B. E. Smith1, D. E. Shean1,2, and D. Floricioiu3 I. Joughin et al.
  • 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

Abstract. 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.

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