Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 16, 1181–1196, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 1181–1196, 2022
Research article
07 Apr 2022
Research article | 07 Apr 2022

Modelling the effect of submarine iceberg melting on glacier-adjacent water properties

Benjamin Joseph Davison et al.

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The ocean is an important driver of Greenland glacier retreat. Icebergs influence ocean temperature in the vicinity of glaciers, which will affect glacier retreat rates, but the effect of icebergs on water temperature is poorly understood. In this study, we use a model to show that icebergs cause large changes to water properties next to Greenland's glaciers, which could influence ocean-driven glacier retreat around Greenland.