Volume changes of Vatnajökull ice cap, Iceland, due to surface mass balance, ice flow, and subglacial melting at geothermal areas

Eyjólfur Magnússon, Helgi Björnson, Jørgen Dall, Finnur Pálsson

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


We present observed changes in the geometry of western Vatnajökull over a period of about ten years which are caused by the surface mass balance, ice flow (both during surges and quiescent periods), and basal melting due to geothermal and volcanic activity. Comparison of two digital elevation models shows that from 1985 to 1998 the outlet glaciers have lost 14 ± 5 km3, on the average 1 m/yr
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue numberL05504
Pages (from-to)1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Cite this