Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News & Views
  • Published:


Ocean fingerprints on glacier motion

Thinning and retreat of Jakobshavn Isbræ has reversed in 2016, in tandem with regional ocean cooling.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Fig. 1: The glacier–fjord–ocean system.


  1. Khazendar, A. et al. Nat. Geosci. (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Podlech, S. & Weidick, A. J. Glaciol. 50, 153–154 (2004).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Thomas, R. J. Glaciology 50, 57–66 (2004).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Holland, D. M., Thomas, R. H., de Young, B., Ribergaard, M. H. & Lyberth, B. Nat. Geosci. 1, 659–664 (2008).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Motyka, R. et al. J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surface 116, F01007 (2011).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Joughin, I., Smith, B. E., Shean, D. E. & Floricioiu, D. Cryosphere 8, 209–214 (2014).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Cassotto, R., Fahnestock, M., Amundson, J., Truffer, M. & Joughin, I. J. Glaciol. 61, 76–88 (2015).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Beaird, N. L., Straneo, F. & Jenkins, W. Ann. Glaciol. 58, 107–117 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Straneo, F., Hamilton, G., Stearns, L. & Sutherland, D. Oceanography 29, 34–45 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Wunsch, C. & Heimbach, P. J. Climate 26, 7167–7186 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Rebecca H. Jackson.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Jackson, R.H. Ocean fingerprints on glacier motion. Nat. Geosci. 12, 224–225 (2019).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing Anthropocene

Sign up for the Nature Briefing: Anthropocene newsletter — what matters in anthropocene research, free to your inbox weekly.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing: Anthropocene