Oceans melting Greenland: Early results from NASA’s ocean-ice mission in Greenland

Ian Fenty, Josh K. Willis, Ala Khazendar, Steven Dinardo, René Forsberg, Ichiro Fukumori, David Holland, Martin Jakobsson, Delwyn Moller, James Morison, Andreas Münchow, Eric Rignot, Michael Schodlok, Andrew F. Thompson, Kirsteen Tinto, Matthew Rutherford, Nicole Trenholm

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Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet represents a major uncertainty in projecting future rates of global sea level rise. Much of this uncertainty is related to a lack of knowledge about subsurface ocean hydrographic properties, particularly heat content, how these properties are modified across the continental shelf, and about the extent to which the ocean interacts with glaciers. Early results from NASA’s five-year Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission, based on extensive hydrographic and bathymetric surveys, suggest that many glaciers terminate in deep water and are hence vulnerable to increased melting due to ocean-ice interaction. OMG will track ocean conditions and ice loss at glaciers around Greenland through the year 2020, providing critical information about ocean-driven Greenland ice mass loss in a warming climate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-83
Number of pages12
JournalOceanography
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Fenty, I., Willis, J. K., Khazendar, A., Dinardo, S., Forsberg, R., Fukumori, I., ... Trenholm, N. (2016). Oceans melting Greenland: Early results from NASA’s ocean-ice mission in Greenland. Oceanography, 29(4), 72-83. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.100

Oceans melting Greenland : Early results from NASA’s ocean-ice mission in Greenland. / Fenty, Ian; Willis, Josh K.; Khazendar, Ala; Dinardo, Steven; Forsberg, René; Fukumori, Ichiro; Holland, David; Jakobsson, Martin; Moller, Delwyn; Morison, James; Münchow, Andreas; Rignot, Eric; Schodlok, Michael; Thompson, Andrew F.; Tinto, Kirsteen; Rutherford, Matthew; Trenholm, Nicole.

In: Oceanography, Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.12.2016, p. 72-83.

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Fenty, I, Willis, JK, Khazendar, A, Dinardo, S, Forsberg, R, Fukumori, I, Holland, D, Jakobsson, M, Moller, D, Morison, J, Münchow, A, Rignot, E, Schodlok, M, Thompson, AF, Tinto, K, Rutherford, M & Trenholm, N 2016, 'Oceans melting Greenland: Early results from NASA’s ocean-ice mission in Greenland', Oceanography, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 72-83. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.100
Fenty I, Willis JK, Khazendar A, Dinardo S, Forsberg R, Fukumori I et al. Oceans melting Greenland: Early results from NASA’s ocean-ice mission in Greenland. Oceanography. 2016 Dec 1;29(4):72-83. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.100
Fenty, Ian ; Willis, Josh K. ; Khazendar, Ala ; Dinardo, Steven ; Forsberg, René ; Fukumori, Ichiro ; Holland, David ; Jakobsson, Martin ; Moller, Delwyn ; Morison, James ; Münchow, Andreas ; Rignot, Eric ; Schodlok, Michael ; Thompson, Andrew F. ; Tinto, Kirsteen ; Rutherford, Matthew ; Trenholm, Nicole. / Oceans melting Greenland : Early results from NASA’s ocean-ice mission in Greenland. In: Oceanography. 2016 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 72-83.
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