Balance velocities of the Greenland ice sheet

I. Joughin, M. Fahnestock, Simon Ekholm, R. Kwok

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We present a map of balance velocities for the Greenland ice sheet. The resolution of the underlying DEM, which was derived primarily from radar altimetery data, yields far greater detail than earlier balance velocity estimates for Greenland. The velocity contours reveal in striking detail the location of an ice stream in northeastern Greenland, which was only recently discovered using satellite imagery. Enhanced how associated with all of the major outlets is clearly visible, although small errors in the source data result in less accurate estimates of the absolute flow speeds. Nevertheless, the balance map is useful for ice-sheet modelling, mass balance studies, and field planning.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number23
Pages (from-to)3045-3048
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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