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A MASS BALANCE PROFILE ALONG THE WESTERN SLOPE OF GREENLAND

ALBERT, TODD H  University of Colorado.

The Pakitsoq region (west-central Greenland) is presently one of the most intensely monitored portions of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and is the major focus of a recent PARCA initiative. A profile of 11 autonomous measurement stations has been established along a transect between Summit, Greenland, and the margin of the ice sheet just north of the Jakobshaven Isbrae. Data from these stations has been supplemented with shallow pit and ice core data from 174 sites in the area between Summit and the western margin to establish a mass balance profile along the transect. Each component of the mass balance is presented, and spatial and temporal variability is discussed.


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