Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 15, 1587–1606, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1587-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 1587–1606, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1587-2021
Research article
01 Apr 2021
Research article | 01 Apr 2021

Winter drainage of surface lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet from Sentinel-1 SAR imagery

Corinne L. Benedek and Ian C. Willis

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The surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet contains thousands of surface lakes. These lakes can deliver water through cracks to the ice sheet base and influence the speed of ice flow. Here we look at instances of lakes draining in the middle of winter using the Sentinel-1 radar satellites. Winter-draining lakes can help us understand the mechanisms for lake drainages throughout the year and can point to winter movement of water that will impact our understanding of ice sheet hydrology.