Glacier Shape Predicts Risk of Thinning

The terminus of the glacier Kangerlugssuup Sermerssua. Tim Bartholomaus.

April 17 (UPI) — By analyzing a glacier’s shape, researchers can measure its susceptibility to thinning. Researchers at the University of Texas are using the analysis technique to identify glacial vulnerabilities in West Greenland.

“There are glaciers that popped up in our study that flew under the radar until now,” Denis Felikson, a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, said in a news release.

Understanding Greenland’s glacial systems is key to predicting future sea level rise. The Greenland Ice sheet has been losing mass for some time, but ice loss by individual glaciers is highly variable and hard to measure.

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Featuring: Denis Felikson, graduate research assistant,  University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences