Mass loss from an ice-sheet drainage basin in West Greenland

Authors

  • Morten L. Andersen Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark
  • Signe B. Andersen Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark
  • Lars Stenseng DTU Space, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
  • Henriette Skourup DTU Space, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
  • William Colgan Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark
  • Steen S. Kristensen DTU Space, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
  • John P. Merryman Boncori Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, 00142 Rome, Italy
  • Andreas P. Ahlstrøm Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark
  • Xavier Fettweis Department of Geography, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium
  • René Forsberg DTU Space, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
  • Michele Citterio Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark
  • Jason E. Box Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark
  • Dirk van As Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark
  • Robert S. Fausto Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K. Denmark

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34194/geusb.v31.4670

Abstract

The Greenland ice sheet is losing mass to the ocean at an increasing rate (Thomas et al. 2006). During the 1980s the ice sheet was believed to be in near-equilibrium (van den Broeke et al. 2009). Within the first decade of the 21st century, however, a net negative balance was observed. Greenland’s present rate of ice loss is c. 250 Gt yr–1, equivalent to a sea-level rise contribution of c. 0.69 mm yr–1. The rate of ice loss has increased over the post 1992 observation period (Shepherd et al. 2012).

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Published

2014-06-25

How to Cite

Andersen, M. L., Andersen, S. B., Stenseng, L., Skourup, H., Colgan, W., Kristensen, S. S., Merryman Boncori, J. P., Ahlstrøm, A. P., Fettweis, X., Forsberg, R., Citterio, M., Box, J. E., van As, D., & Fausto, R. S. (2014). Mass loss from an ice-sheet drainage basin in West Greenland. GEUS Bulletin, 31, 87–90. https://doi.org/10.34194/geusb.v31.4670

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