Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 13, 2489–2509, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2489-2019

Special issue: The Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6...

The Cryosphere, 13, 2489–2509, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2489-2019

Research article 26 Sep 2019

Research article | 26 Sep 2019

Estimating Greenland tidewater glacier retreat driven by submarine melting

Donald A. Slater et al.

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The ocean's influence on the retreat of Greenland's tidewater glaciers is a key factor determining future sea level. By considering observations of ~200 glaciers from 1960, we find a significant relationship between retreat and melting in the ocean. Projected forwards, this relationship estimates the future evolution of Greenland's tidewater glaciers and provides a practical and empirically validated way of representing ice–ocean interaction in large-scale models used to estimate sea level rise.