Mass balance of the Amitsulôq ice cap, West Greenland

Andreas P. Ahlstrøm, Carl Egede Bøggild, Ole B. Olesen, Dorthe Petersen, Johan Jacob Mohr

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We present detailed mass balance measurements from the Amitsulôq ice cap in West Greenland spanning from 1982 to 1990. The data includes summer and winter balances from 26 stake locations distributed over five transects covering the whole ice cap. The mass balance measurements are combined with a recent satellite-derived digital elevation model to calculate the specific balance, which is in turn compared to discharge data from the adjacent Tasersiaq basin. The correlation between specific summer balance and discharge is R2 = 0.93 indicating that the basin discharge is dominated by glacial meltwater, linking the hydropower potential of the basin closely to the fate of the adjoining Greenland ice-sheet margin.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlacier Mass Balance Changes and Meltwater Discharge : IAHS Publ.
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventIAHS Assembly - Foz do Iguaçu, Brazi
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


ConferenceIAHS Assembly
CityFoz do Iguaçu, Brazi
Period01/01/2005 → …


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