Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 16, 2449–2470, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 2449–2470, 2022
Research article
23 Jun 2022
Research article | 23 Jun 2022

Unravelling the long-term, locally heterogenous response of Greenland glaciers observed in archival photography

Michael A. Cooper et al.

Data sets

East Greenland (66.3 and 68.4°N) glacier front position shape files David M. Rippin, William A. P. Smith, Michael A. Cooper, Edwin Hancock, and Paulina Lewińska

Orthophotomaps of East Greenland, in particular of the 260 km-long section of coastline between 66.3 and 68.4°N Paulina Lewińska, David M. Rippin, William A. P. Smith, Edwin Hancock, and Michael A. Cooper

USGS EROS Archive - Declassified Data - Declassified Satellite Imagery - 1 Earth Resources Observation and Science Center

ArcticDEM Claire Porter, Paul Morin, Ian Howat, Myoung-Jon Noh, Brian Bates, Kenneth Peterman, Scott Keesey, Matthew Schlenk, Judith Gardiner, Karen Tomko, Michael Willis, Cole Kelleher, Michael Cloutier, Eric Husby, Steven Foga, Hitomi Nakamura, Melisa Platson, Michael, Jr. Wethington, Cathleen Williamson, Gregory Bauer, Jeremy Enos, Galen Arnold, William Kramer, Peter Becker, Abhijit Doshi, Cristelle D'Souza, Pat Cummens, Fabien Laurier, and Mikkel Bojesen

Short summary
Here we use old photographs gathered several decades ago to expand the temporal record of glacier change in part of East Greenland. This is important because the longer the record of past glacier change, the better we are at predicting future glacier behaviour. Our work also shows that despite all these glaciers retreating, the rate at which they do this varies markedly. It is therefore important to consider outlet glaciers from Greenland individually to take account of this differing behaviour.