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Climate Change Institute
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
Over the last decade, rapid mass loss has been detected at the margins of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Energy balance estimates indicate that only about half of this thinning can be attributed to increased surface melt, instead mass loss in large parts of both ice sheets is driven by the recent acceleration of outlet glaciers. The changes in flow velocities come along with increased calving at the terminus, rapid glacier retreat and thinning of the glacier thickness. It is poorly understood how these effects are initiated and how they interact with each other. My thesis research will examine the dominant controls on outlet glacier behaviour and the time scales over which they operate.
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