Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 13, 2303–2315, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2303–2315, 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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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.