In contrast, previous measurements of glaciers in Greenland have revealed underwater ice fronts
that under-cut the main glacial body.
After achieving his PhD in 2017 Matthew, from North Tyneside and whose research plotted early 19th century ice fronts
around the Arctic, took up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary in Canada.
The USGS previously documented that the majority of ice fronts
on the entire Peninsula have also retreated during the late 20th century and into the early 21st century.
Ice fronts were far more advanced around the Arctic during the early 19th century than they are today, according to a new analysis of whalers' log books.
'Significantly, this is the first time we have ever had direct observational information on the ice fronts in the North Atlantic and Davis Straits area before 1900,' said Dennis Wheeler, who led the study.
WHALING ship logbooks studied by North East researchers have revealed that ice fronts in the early 19th Century were far more advanced around the Arctic than they are today.
Project leader Dr Dennis Wheeler said: "Significantly this is the first time we have ever had direct observational information on the ice fronts in the North Atlantic and Davis Straits area before 1900.
The new research adds to a previous USGS study that demonstrated that the majority of ice fronts
on the Antarctic Peninsula have retreated during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.