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Figure from Kristin’s eLightning poster about Helheim Glacier and other glaciers feeding Sermilik Fjord. The leading principal component (blue data on bottom panel) correlates with both the terminus position (p=0.003, red data) and a seasonal cycle with maximum in mid-July (p=0.05, blue dashed line) that is consistent with runoff-control. The terminus position itself correlates to this annual cycle (R=-0.11, p=0.1). Examining p-values and considering some commonality of the forcings, we classify Helheim Glacier as terminus-controlled over 2014-2021.

This agrees with previous classifications of Helheim Glacier as usually terminus-controlled (2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017) [1,2,3] and sometimes runoff-controlled (2013) [1].  It agrees less with a study that found Helheim was runoff-controlled over 2009-2017 [7].
Map of Sermilik Fjord study area
Figure from Kristin’s eLightning poster. Sermilik Fjord, eastern Greenland, contains four major outlet glaciers. Helheim Glacier (westernmost) is the largest. The base map is a mosaic of Sentinel-2 images from summer 2019, by MacGregor et al. (2020). The wintertime terminus positions are from PROMICE.

By kpoinar

I am a glaciologist employed as an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department at the University of Buffalo.

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