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Dominik Fahrner Seminar

October 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

Dominik Fahrner Seminar

Title: The Response of Greenland’s Tidewater Glacier Terminus Positions to Climate

Abstract: Greenland’s tidewater glaciers have been retreating, thinning, and accelerating since the mid-1990s, thereby contributing 30-60% to the annual mass loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) through frontal ablation. Tidewater glacier termini are highly sensitive to climate forcings, however the relative influence of individual climate drivers on terminus behaviour, especially over multi-decadal timescales, is still not fully understood.

The role of ocean forcing is particularly poorly constrained as studies are spatio-temporally limited and continuous oceanographic observations within fjords are difficult to obtain. This seminar will explore the responses of tidewater glacier termini to different climate forcings over the past decades and show preliminary results from the Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Science Network’s (GRISO) Ocean forcing Ice Working Group.