Earth  ID: 3053

Jakobshavn Glacier Calving Front Recession (2001-2003)

Jakobshavn Isbrae holds the record as Greenland's fastest moving glacier and major contributor to the mass balance of the continental ice sheet. Starting in late 2000, following a period of slowing down in the mid 1990s, the glacier showed significant acceleration and nearly doubled its discharge of ice. The following imagery from the Landsat satellite shows the retreat of Jakobshavn's calving front from 2001 to 2003.

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Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Waleed Abdalati (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Sarah DeWitt (NASA/GSFC): Writer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Nature, Volume 432, 2 December 2004, pp. 608-610

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AGU 2004

SVS >> Melting
GCMD >> Location >> Greenland
SVS >> Jakobshavn
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Cryosphere >> Snow/ice
SVS >> Landform Change
SVS >> Glaciers
NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Geomorphic Landforms/processes >> Glacial Processes

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version