Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Clim. Past, 15, 1171–1186, 2019
Clim. Past, 15, 1171–1186, 2019

Research article 01 Jul 2019

Research article | 01 Jul 2019

A reconstruction of warm-water inflow to Upernavik Isstrøm since 1925 CE and its relation to glacier retreat

Flor Vermassen et al.

Data sets

Benthic foraminiferal abundances and age model from Upernavik Fjord, sediment core POR13-05. F. Vermassen, et al.

Short summary
By studying microfossils from sediments in Upernavik Fjord we investigate the role of ocean warming on the retreat of Upernavik Isstrøm during the past ~90 years. The reconstruction of Atlantic-derived waters shows a pattern similar to that of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, corroborating previous studies. The response of Upernavik Isstrøm to ocean forcing has been variable in the past, but the current retreat may be temporarily tempered by cooling bottom waters in the coming decade.