Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 12, 1273–1291, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1273-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1273–1291, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1273-2018
Research article
11 Apr 2018
Research article | 11 Apr 2018

Changing pattern of ice flow and mass balance for glaciers discharging into the Larsen A and B embayments, Antarctic Peninsula, 2011 to 2016

Helmut Rott et al.

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We analysed volume change, mass balance and ice flow of glaciers draining into the Larsen A and Larsen B embayments on the Antarctic Peninsula for 2011 to 2013 and 2013 to 2016. The mass balance is based on elevation change measured by the radar satellite mission TanDEM-X and on the mass budget method. The glaciers show continuing losses in ice mass, which is a response to ice shelf break-up. After 2013 the downwasting of glaciers slowed down, coinciding with years of persistent sea ice cover.