Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 1005–1014, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 1005–1014, 2021

Brief communication 25 Feb 2021

Brief communication | 25 Feb 2021

Brief communication: Glacier run-off estimation using altimetry-derived basin volume change: case study at Humboldt Glacier, northwest Greenland

Laurence Gray

Data sets

IceBridge MCoRDS L2 Ice Thickness, Version 1.2 J. Paden, J. Li, C. Leuschen, F. Rodriguez-Morales, and R. Hale

CryoSat-2 Science Server European Space Agency

IceBridge BedMachine Greenland, Version 3 M. Morlighem, C. Williams, E. Rignot, L. An, J. E. Arndt, J. Bamber, G. Catania, N. Chauché, J. A. Dowdeswell, B. Dorschel, I. Fenty, K. Hogan, I. Howat, A. Hubbard, M. Jakobsson, T. M. Jordan, K. K. Kjeldsen, R. Millan, L. Mayer, J. Mouginot, B. Noël, C. O'Cofaigh, S. J. Palmer, S. Rysgaard, H. Seroussi, M. J. Siegert, P. Slabon, F. Straneo, M. R. van den Broeke, W. Weinrebe, M. Wood, and K. Zinglersen

Short summary
A total of 9 years of ice velocity and surface height data obtained from a variety of satellites are used to estimate the water run-off from the northern arm of the Humboldt Glacier in NW Greenland. This represents the first direct measurement of water run-off from a large Greenland glacier, and it complements the iceberg calving flux measurements also based on satellite data. This approach should help improve mass loss estimates for some large Greenland glaciers.