Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Research article
18 Jun 2020
Research article |  | 18 Jun 2020

Surface emergence of glacial plumes determined by fjord stratification

Eva De Andrés, Donald A. Slater, Fiamma Straneo, Jaime Otero, Sarah Das, and Francisco Navarro


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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Apr 2020) by Jan De Rydt
AR by Eva De Andrés on behalf of the Authors (24 Apr 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 May 2020) by Jan De Rydt
AR by Eva De Andrés on behalf of the Authors (16 May 2020)  Manuscript 

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Eva De Andrés on behalf of the Authors (16 Jun 2020)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (16 Jun 2020) by Jan De Rydt
Short summary
Buoyant plumes at tidewater glaciers result from localized subglacial discharges of surface melt. They promote glacier submarine melting and influence the delivery of nutrients to the fjord's surface waters. Combining plume theory with observations, we have found that increased fjord stratification, which is due to larger meltwater content, prevents the vertical growth of the plume and buffers submarine melting. We discuss the implications for nutrient fluxes, CO2 trapping and water export.