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Volume 8, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 8, 2353-2365, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-2353-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 8, 2353-2365, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-2353-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Dec 2014

Research article | 16 Dec 2014

Are seasonal calving dynamics forced by buttressing from ice mélange or undercutting by melting? Outcomes from full-Stokes simulations of Store Glacier, West Greenland

J. Todd and P. Christoffersen
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Many iceberg-calving glaciers in Greenland have recently been observed to accelerate and retreat, prompting fears about their future stability in the face of climate change. We present results from a flow modelling study of Store Glacier, West Greenland, which suggest that glacier geometry may play an important role in determining calving glacier stability. Store Glacier flows into a narrow, shallow fjord and our model suggests this may make it insensitive to future ocean warming.
Many iceberg-calving glaciers in Greenland have recently been observed to accelerate and...
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