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November 9, 2017

Storbreen, Svalbard Major Retreat Opens New Fjord

Storbreen, Svalbard in 1990 and 2017 Landsat images.  The red arrows indicate 1990 terminus , yellow arrow the 2017 terminus and purple dots the snowline in 1990.  A recent snow storm has obscured the actual snowline in Aug 2017.  Storbreen Glacier (ST) terminates on the north side of Hornsund in southern Svalbard.  From 1990 to 2017 Storbreen has experienced a substantial retreat opening a new fjord and separating from Hornbreen …

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June 29, 2017

Monacobreen Separates from Seligerbreen, Svalbard

Monacobreen Separation from Seligerbreen in 1999 and 2016 Landsat images.  The red arrow is the 1999 terminus location and yellow arrow the 2016 terminus location.  Moancobreen  is a glacier that terminates at the head of Liefdefjorden , a branch of Woodfjorden in Spitsbergen, Svalbard. NW Spitsbergen is a region that has experienced extensive long term glacier thinning from 1965 to 2007 (Nuth et al, 2010). Svalbard is host to 163 tidewater glaciers with …

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May 22, 2017

Besselsbreen Retreat Glacier Wide Thinning , Svalbard

Besselsbreen (B) and Augnebreen (A) comparison in a 1990 and 2016 Landsat image. Red arrows indicate terminus position in 1990, yellow arrow indicates terminus in 2016, purple arrows indicate locations of upglacier thinning from 1990 to 2016 and the yellow line indicates the width of the tongue on the eastern side of Besselsbreen to the medial moraine with Augnebreen Besselsbreen Glacier flows north to  tidewater from the Barents Icecap on Barentsoya …

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May 18, 2017

Hinlopenbreen, Svalbard 7 km Retreat 1990-2016.

Hinlopenbreen, Svalbard in 1990 and 2016 Landsat imagery.  red arrow is 1990 terminus, yellow arrow is 2016 terminus,and Oslobreen is noted by Point O Hinlopenbreen is a large tidewater glacier in northern Svalbard.  The glacier has a periodic history of surging, with the last surge occurring in 1970 (Nuth et al 2010). The glacier has the largest negative balance of -0.58 m/year from 1965-2005 (Nuth et al 2010).   The …

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December 20, 2016

Has Fridtjovbreen, Svalbard Surged for the last time?

Fidtjovbreen, Svalbard comparison in 1998 and 2016 Landsat imagery.  Red arrow marks the 1998 terminus, yellow arrow the 2016 terminus and purple dots mark the snowline.  The Yellow numbers indicate area of separation between glaciers. Pink arrows indicate areas on the upper glacier where thinning is exposing more bedrock. F=Fridtjovbreen, S=Sagabreen, G=Gronfjordbreen Fridtjovbreen, Svalbard, is a tidewater-terminating glacier that started a 7-year surge advance during the 1990’s. This central Spitsbergen …

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May 16, 2016

Frostisen Ice Cap Svalbard, Ongoing Defrosting 1990-2015

Frostisen Ice Cap in 1990 and 2015 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 1990 terminus location, yellow arrow the 2015 terminus location.  Purple arrows indicate thinning on the upper margin of the ice cap, and the letter A indicates an outcrop of rock emerging through the ice. Frostisen is an ice cap in Dickson Land of Central Svalbard.  The World Glacier inventory of 1960 listed the area of the ice cap …

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April 20, 2016

Belopolskijbreen Retreat Generates Terminus Split, Svalbard

Belopolskijbreen comparison in 1990 and 2014 Landsat images.  Red arrow is the 1990 terminus location, yellow the 2014 extent of the a bedrock ridge separating the two lobes of the glacier, and purple arrow an area of thinning at the head of the glacier.  Most of the attention on Svalbard glaciers goes to the larger tidewater glaciers, which collectively having been losing volume rapidly.  Belopolskijbreen in Sorkappland near the southern tip …

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November 23, 2015

Paierbreen Rapid Calving Retreat, Svalbard

1990 and 2014 Landsat images indicating Paierbreen (P), Muhlbacherbreen (MU) and Hansbreen (H). The red arrow and red dots indicate the 1990 terminus location and yellow arrows and yellow dots the 2014 terminus location. The purple arrow indicates the location of a supraglacial lake that was persistent in the 1990’s but is no longer evident in 2013, 2014 and 2015. From 1990 to 2014 all four of the glaciers terminating …

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October 19, 2015

Kronebreen and Kongsvegen, Svalbard Initiation of Glacier Separation 2015

Kronebreen terminus in 2013 (left) and 2015 (right), note the configuration change and separation initiation of Kronebreen and Kongsvegen at yellow arrow. Kronebreen is a large, (450 km2) tidewater glacier on the northwest coast of Svalbard terminating in a shared terminus with Kongsvegen at the head of Kongsfjorden.  Changes in 2015 indicate the shared terminus will not continue.  Luckman et al (2015) observed Kronebreen has a winter speed of 1.5–2 m/day, …

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July 15, 2015

Samarinbreen, Svalbard Rapid Retreat 1990-2014

Samarinbreen (SA) 1990 left, and 2014 right, Landsat image comparison.  KO=Korberbreen, CH=Chomjakovbreen, ME=Mendeleevbreen Red arrows indicate 1990 terminus position, yellow arrows 2014 terminus. and purple dots the snowline. Samarinbreen terminated in a calving front in Samarinvagan, a bay on the southern side of Hornsund Fjord. Hornsund is a fjord that in 2015 almost cuts through the southern Island of Svalbard, due to the retreat of Hamberbergbreen and Hornbreen. The Institute of …

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