Why is KNS special?
Compared to other Greenland glaciers, a lot is known about Kangiata Nunaata Sermia and how it has changed over time. It is one of Greenland’s rapidly vanishing glaciers, having retreated 22.6 km in the last three centuries. Up until the 1940s, KNS and its neighbouring glacier, Akullersuup Sermia, were joined and flowed into one another. More recently, the glacier front (also called its terminus) has receded two kilometres since 1994 as documented from satellite imagery (see picture), which is largely linked to variable climate conditions and exceptionally warm periods.