Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 12, 1511–1522, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1511–1522, 2018

Research article 25 Apr 2018

Research article | 25 Apr 2018

Simulating ice thickness and velocity evolution of Upernavik Isstrøm 1849–2012 by forcing prescribed terminus positions in ISSM

Konstanze Haubner et al.

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We investigate the effect of neglecting calving on Upernavik Isstrøm, West Greenland, between 1849 and 2012. Our simulation is forced with observed terminus positions in discrete time steps and is responsive to the prescribed ice front changes. Simulated frontal retreat is needed to obtain a realistic ice surface elevation and velocity evolution of Upernavik. Using the prescribed terminus position change we gain insight to mass loss partitioning during different time periods.