Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 9, 603–611, 2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 603–611, 2015
Research article
01 Apr 2015
Research article | 01 Apr 2015

Self-regulation of ice flow varies across the ablation area in south-west Greenland

R. S. W. van de Wal et al.

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This paper addresses the feedback between ice flow and melt rates. Using 20 years of data covering the whole ablation area, we show that there is not a strong positive correlation between annual ice velocities and melt rates. Rapid variations around the equilibrium line indicate the possibility of rapid variations high on the ice sheet.