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Persistent flow acceleration within the interior of the Greenland ice sheet
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2014 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, Vol. 41, no 3, 899-905 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We present surface velocity measurements from a high-elevation site located 140km from the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet, and similar to 50km into its accumulation area. Annual velocity increased each year from 51.780.01myr(-1) in 2009 to 52.920.01myr(-1) in 2012a net increase of 2.2%. These data also reveal a strong seasonal velocity cycle of up to 8.1% above the winter mean, driven by seasonal melt and supraglacial lake drainage. Sole et al. (2013) recently argued that ice motion in the ablation area is mediated by reduced winter flow following the development of efficient subglacial drainage during warmer, faster, summers. Our data extend this analysis and reveal a year-on-year increase in annual velocity above the equilibrium line altitude, where despite surface melt increasing, it is still sufficiently low to hinder the development of efficient drainage under thick ice. Key Points <list list-type="bulleted" id="grl51335-list-0001"> <list-item id="grl51335-li-0001">Ice flow in the accumulation area accelerated year-on-year between 2009 and 2012 <list-item id="grl51335-li-0002">The acceleration correlates with the inland expansion of supraglacial lakes <list-item id="grl51335-li-0003">This dynamic response contrasts with observations from the ablation zone

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2014. Vol. 41, no 3, 899-905 p.
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Greenland Ice Sheet, Ice sheet dynamics, Global Positioning System
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224489DOI: 10.1002/2013GL058933ISI: 000332990500022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-224489DiVA: diva2:717128
Available from: 2014-05-14 Created: 2014-05-13 Last updated: 2014-05-14Bibliographically approved

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