Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 12, 1523–1530, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1523–1530, 2018

Brief communication 27 Apr 2018

Brief communication | 27 Apr 2018

Brief communication: Unabated wastage of the Juneau and Stikine icefields (southeast Alaska) in the early 21st century

Etienne Berthier et al.

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Two recent studies suggested a slowdown in mass loss after 2000 of the Juneau and Stikine icefields, accounting for 10% of the total ice cover in Alaska. Here, the ASTER-based geodetic mass balances are revisited, carefully avoiding the use of the SRTM DEM, because of the unknown penetration depth of the SRTM C-band radar signal. We find strongly negative mass balances from 2000 to 2016 for both icefields, in agreement with airborne laser altimetry. Mass losses are thus continuing unabated.