Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Research article
27 Apr 2015
Research article |  | 27 Apr 2015

A model study of Abrahamsenbreen, a surging glacier in northern Spitsbergen

J. Oerlemans and W. J. J. van Pelt


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Many glaciers on Svalbard are surging glaciers. A surge is a rapid advance of the glacier snout during a few years, followed by a long period of quiescence. During the surge ice flows to lower terrain and experiences higher melt rates in summer. Here we investigate the impact of surging on the long-term effects of climate warming. We have modelled Abrahamsenbreen in northern Spitsbergen as a typical case. We show that surges tend to accelerate glacier retreat when temperature increases.