Contrasting response of south Greenland glaciers to recent climatic change

C. R. Warren, N. F. Glasser

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A unique geographical configuration of glaciers exists in the Narsarsuaq district of South Greenland. Two large outlet glaciers divide into seven distributaries, such that each glacier system has land-terminating, tidewater-calving, and freshwater-calving termini. Despite a similar climatic regime, these seven glaciers have exhibited strongly contrasting terminal behavior in historical time, as shown by historical records, aerial photographs, and field work in 1989. The behavior of the calving glaciers cannot be accounted for with reference solely to climatic parameters. The combination of iceberg calving dynamics and topography control has partially decoupled them from climatic forcing such that their oscillations relate more closely to glaciodynamic than glacioclimatic factors. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-132
Number of pages9
JournalArctic & Alpine Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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