Greenland Ice Sheet solid ice discharge from 1986 through March 2020

Kenneth D. Mankoff*, Anne Solgaard, William Colgan, Andreas P. Ahlstrøm, Shfaqat Abbas Khan, Robert S. Fausto

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Abstract

We present a 1986 through March 2020 estimate of Greenland Ice Sheet ice discharge. Our data include all discharging ice that flows faster than 100myr-1 and are generated through an automatic and adaptable method, as opposed to conventional handpicked gates. We position gates near the present-year termini and estimate problematic bed topography (ice thickness) values where necessary. In addition to using annual timevarying ice thickness, our time series uses velocity maps that begin with sparse spatial and temporal coverage and end with near-complete spatial coverage and 12 d updates to velocity. The 2010 through 2019 average ice discharge through the flux gates is 487±49 Gt yr-1. The 10% uncertainty stems primarily from uncertain ice bed location (ice thickness). We attribute the 50 Gt yr-1 differences among our results and previous studies to our use of updated bed topography from BedMachine v3. Discharge is approximately steady from 1986 to 2000, increases sharply from 2000 to 2005, and then is approximately steady again. However, regional and glacier variability is more pronounced, with recent decreases at most major glaciers and in all but one region offset by increases in the northwest region through 2017 and in the southeast from 2017 through March 2020. As part of the journal's living archive option and our goal to make an operational product, all input data, code, and results from this study will be updated as needed (when new input data are available, as new features are added, or to fix bugs) and made available at https://doi.org/10.22008/promice/data/ice-discharge (Mankoff, 2020a) and at https://github.com/mankoff/ice-discharge (last access: 6 June 2020, Mankoff, 2020e).
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarth System Science Data
Volume12
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)1367-1383
ISSN1866-3508
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Mankoff, K. D., Solgaard, A., Colgan, W., Ahlstrøm, A. P., Khan, S. A., & Fausto, R. S. (2020). Greenland Ice Sheet solid ice discharge from 1986 through March 2020. Earth System Science Data, 12(2), 1367-1383. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1367-2020