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January 31, 2013

Narssap Sermia Retreat, SW Greenland

Narssap Sermia is a calving tidewater glacier in southwest Greenland. This glacier had a stable terminus from 1970-2000. From 2006 to 2012 the glacier has begun a significant retreat. Rignot et al (2006)and Joughin et al (2010) noted that the glacier sped up dramatically in 2005 and 2006 at the time of the retreat initiation. This was an acceleration of at 150%, and the retreat from 2000-2010 was 500 m …