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Firn data compilation reveals widespread decrease of firn air content in western Greenland

Vandecrux, Baptiste ; MacFerrin, Michael ; Machguth, Horst ; Colgan, William T. ; As, Dirk van ; Heilig, Achim ; Stevens, C. Max ; Charalampidis, Charalampos ; Fausto, Robert S. ; Morris, Elizabeth M. ; Mosley-Thompson, Ellen ; Koenig, Lora ; Montgomery, Lynn N. ; Miège, Clément ; Simonsen, Sebastian B. ; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas ; Box, Jason E.

In: The Cryosphere, 2019, vol. 13, no. 3, p. 845–859

The perennial snow, or firn, on the Greenland ice sheet each summer stores part of the meltwater formed at the surface, buffering the ice sheet’s contribution to sea level. We gathered observations of firn air content, indicative of the space available in the firn to retain meltwater, and find that this air content remained stable in cold regions of the firn over the last 65 years but...

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A large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland

Kjær, Kurt H. ; Larsen, Nicolaj K. ; Binder, Tobias ; Bjørk, Anders A. ; Eisen, Olaf ; Fahnestock, Mark A. ; Funder, Svend ; Garde, Adam A. ; Haack, Henning ; Helm, Veit ; Houmark-Nielsen, Michael ; Kjeldsen, Kristian K. ; Khan, Shfaqat A. ; Machguth, Horst ; McDonald, Iain ; Morlighem, Mathieu ; Mouginot, Jérémie ; Paden, John D. ; Waight, Tod E. ; Weikusat, Christian ; Willerslev, Eske ; MacGregor, Joseph A.

In: Science Advances, 2018, vol. 4, no. 11, p. eaar8173

We report the discovery of a large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland. From airborne radar surveys, we identify a 31-kilometer-wide, circular bedrock depression beneath up to a kilometer of ice. This depression has an elevated rim that cross-cuts tributary subglacial channels and a subdued central uplift that appears to be actively eroding. From ground...

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A snow density dataset for improving surface boundary conditions in greenland ice sheet firn modeling

Fausto, Robert S. ; Box, Jason E. ; Vandecrux, Baptiste ; As, Dirk van ; Steffen, Konrad ; MacFerrin, Michael J. ; Machguth, Horst ; Colgan, William ; Koenig, Lora S. ; McGrath, Daniel ; Charalampidis, Charalampos ; Braithwaite, Roger J.

In: Frontiers in Earth Science, 2018, vol. 6, p. -

The surface snow density of glaciers and ice sheets is of fundamental importance in converting volume to mass in both altimetry and surface mass balance studies, yet it is often poorly constrained. Site-specific surface snow densities are typically derived from empirical relations based on temperature and wind speed. These parameterizations commonly calculate the average density of the top...

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Numerical reconstructions of the flow and basal conditions of the Rhine glacier, European Central Alps, at the Last Glacial Maximum

Cohen, Denis ; Gillet-Chaulet, Fabien ; Haeberli, Wilfried ; Machguth, Horst ; Fischer, Urs H.

In: The Cryosphere, 2018, vol. 12, no. 8, p. 2515–2544

At the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), the Rhine glacier in the Swiss Alps covered an area of about 16000km2. As part of an integrative study about the safety of repositories for radioactive waste under ice age conditions in Switzerland, we modeled the Rhine glacier using a thermodynamically coupled three-dimensional, transient Stokes flow and heat transport model down to a horizontal resolution...

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Elevation changes of the Holm Land Ice Cap, northeast Greenland, from 1978 to 2012–2015, derived from high-resolution digital elevation models

Albedyll, Luisa von ; Machguth, Horst ; Nussbaumer, Samuel U. ; Zemp, Michael

In: Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 2018, vol. 50, no. 1, p. e1523638

Greenland’s peripheral glaciers and ice caps are key indicators of climate change in the Arctic, but quantitative observational data of their recent evolution are sparse. Three recently released high-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs)—AeroDEM (based on images from 1978 to 1987), ArcticDEM (2012–2015), and TanDEM-X (2010–2014)—provide the possibility to calculate elevation...

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Changes in Greenland’s peripheral glaciers linked to the North Atlantic Oscillation

Bjørk?, A. A. ; Aagaard, S. ; Lütt, A. ; Khan, S. A. ; Box, J. E. ; Kjeldsen?, K. K. ; Larsen, N. K. ; Korsgaard?, N. J. ; Cappelen, J. ; Colgan, W. T. ; Machguth, Horst ; Andresen, C. S. ; Peings, Y. ; Kjær, K. H.

In: Nature Climate Change, 2018, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 48–52

Glaciers and ice caps peripheral to the main Greenland Ice Sheet contribute markedly to sea-level rise1,2,3. Their changes and variability, however, have been difficult to quantify on multi-decadal timescales due to an absence of long-term data4. Here, using historical aerial surveys, expedition photographs, spy satellite imagery and new remote-sensing products, we map glacier length...

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Assessment of evolution and risks of glacier lake outbursts in the Djungarskiy Alatau, Central Asia, using Landsat imagery and glacier bed topography modelling

Kapitsa, Vassiliy ; Shahgedanova, Maria ; Machguth, Horst ; Severskiy, Igor ; Medeu, Akhmetkal

In: Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 2017, vol. 17, no. 10, p. 1837–1856

Changes in the abundance and area of mountain lakes in the Djungarskiy (Jetysu) Alatau between 2002 and 2014 were investigated using Landsat imagery. The number of lakes increased by 6.2 % from 599 to 636 with a growth rate of 0.51 % a−1. The combined areas were 16.26 ± 0.85 to 17.35 ± 0.92 km2 respectively and the overall change was within the uncertainty of measurements....

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Three decades of volume change of a small greenlandic glacier using ground penetrating radar, structure from motion, and aerial photogrammetry

Marcer, M. ; Stentoft, P. A. ; Bjerre, E. ; Cimoli, E. ; Bjørk, A. ; Stenseng, L. ; Machguth, Horst

In: Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 2017, vol. 49, no. 3, p. 411–425

Glaciers in the Arctic are losing mass at an increasing rate. Here we use surface topography derived from Structure from Motion (SfM) and ice volume from ground penetrating radar (GPR) to describe the 2014 state of Aqqutikitsoq glacier (2.85 km2) on Greenland's west coast. A photogrammetrically derived 1985 digital elevation model (DEM) was subtracted from a 2014 DEM obtained using land-based...

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Re-establishing glacier monitoring in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Central Asia

Hoelzle, Martin ; Azisov, Erlan ; Barandun, Martina ; Huss, Matthias ; Farinotti, Daniel ; Gafurov, Abror ; Hagg, Wilfried ; Kenzhebaev, Ruslan ; Kronenberg, Marlene ; Machguth, Horst ; Merkushkin, Alexandr ; Moldobekov, Bolot ; Petrov, Maxim ; Saks, Tomas ; Salzmann, Nadine ; Schöne, Tilo ; Tarasov, Yuri ; Usubaliev, Ryskul ; Vorogushyn, Sergiy ; Yakovlev, Andrey ; Zemp, Michael

In: Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems, 2017, vol. 6, no. 2, p. 397–418

Glacier mass loss is among the clearest indicators of atmospheric warming. The observation of these changes is one of the major objectives of the international climate monitoring strategy developed by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). Long-term glacier mass balance measurements are furthermore the basis for calibrating and validating models simulating future runoff of glacierised...

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Reconstructions of the 1900–2015 Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance using the regional climate MAR model

Fettweis, Xavier ; Box, Jason E. ; Agosta, Cécile ; Amory, Charles ; Kittel, Christoph ; Lang, Charlotte ; As, Dirk van ; Machguth, Horst ; Gallée, Hubert

In: The Cryosphere, 2017, vol. 11, no. 2, p. 1015–1033

With the aim of studying the recent Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) surface mass balance (SMB) decrease relative to the last century, we have forced the regional climate MAR (Modèle Atmosphérique Régional; version 3.5.2) model with the ERA-Interim (ECMWF Interim Re-Analysis; 1979–2015), ERA-40 (1958–2001), NCEP–NCARv1 (National Centers for Environmental Prediction–National Center for...