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Glacier Retreat and the Oceans: A view from Patagonia

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The observed retreat of the vast majority of glaciers in the Patagonian Ice Fields has been well documented, but the role that the large network on fjords and the adjacent South Pacific ocean is playing in this process has not. Here, the only existing multi-year oceanographic observations from a proglacial fjord in Patagonia are discussed. The site is the proglacial fjord adjacent to Jorge Montt Glacier (the northern-most glacier in the southern Patagonian Ice Fields), which has been retreating for most of the XX century, with increased rates nearing 1 km/year in recent years. Seasonal oceanographic cruises, oceanographic moorings and automatic weather station data collected from 2010 to 2015 are used to characterize the evolution of the fjord circulation and the freshwater discharge from the plume in synoptic to intearnnual time-scales.

This talk is part of the British Antarctic Survey - Polar Oceans seminar series series.

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