Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 9, 1183–1190, 2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 1183–1190, 2015

Research article 05 Jun 2015

Research article | 05 Jun 2015

Winter speed-up of quiescent surge-type glaciers in Yukon, Canada

T. Abe and M. Furuya

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Whereas glacier surge is known to often initiate in winter, we show significant winter speed-up signals in the upstream region even at quiescent surge-type glaciers in Yukon, Canada. Moreover, the winter speed-up region expanded from upstream to downstream. Given the absence of surface meltwater input in winter, we speculate the presence of englacial water storage that does not directly connect to the surface, yet can promote basal sliding through increased water pressure.