Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 13, 2303–2315, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2303-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2303–2315, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2303-2019

Research article 05 Sep 2019

Research article | 05 Sep 2019

Impact of warming shelf waters on ice mélange and terminus retreat at a large SE Greenland glacier

Suzanne L. Bevan et al.

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AR by Suzanne Bevan on behalf of the Authors (30 Apr 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 May 2019) by Ginny Catania
AR by Suzanne Bevan on behalf of the Authors (27 Jun 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (19 Jul 2019) by Ginny Catania
AR by Suzanne Bevan on behalf of the Authors (24 Jul 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (29 Jul 2019) by Ginny Catania
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Short summary
Kangerlussuaq Glacier in Greenland retreated significantly in the early 2000s and typified the response of calving glaciers to climate change. Satellite images show that it has recently retreated even further. The current retreat follows the appearance of extremely warm surface waters on the continental shelf during the summer of 2016, which likely entered the fjord and caused the rigid mass of sea ice and icebergs, which normally inhibits calving, to melt and break up.