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

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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.