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Volume 9, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 9, 603–611, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-603-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 9, 603–611, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-603-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 01 Apr 2015

Research article | 01 Apr 2015

Self-regulation of ice flow varies across the ablation area in south-west Greenland

R. S. W. van de Wal et al.
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This paper addresses the feedback between ice flow and melt rates. Using 20 years of data covering the whole ablation area, we show that there is not a strong positive correlation between annual ice velocities and melt rates. Rapid variations around the equilibrium line indicate the possibility of rapid variations high on the ice sheet.
This paper addresses the feedback between ice flow and melt rates. Using 20 years of data...
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