Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 169–177, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-169-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 169–177, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-169-2017

Research article 25 Jan 2017

Research article | 25 Jan 2017

Rapid wastage of the Hazen Plateau ice caps, northeastern Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Mark C. Serreze et al.

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The Hazen Plateau of Ellesmere Island, Nunavat, Canada, is unglaciated with the exception of four small ice caps, the two St. Patrick Bay ice caps and the Murray and Simmons ice caps. Satellite data reveal that as of July 2016, the St. Patrick Bay ice caps have shrunk to 5 % of the area they covered in 1959 and will disappear in a few years. The Murray and Simmons ice caps have been reduced to 39 % and 25 %, respectively, of their former areas and may persist for another one or two decades.