Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 1259–1277, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1259-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1259–1277, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1259-2016

Research article 20 Jun 2016

Research article | 20 Jun 2016

Greenland Ice Sheet seasonal and spatial mass variability from model simulations and GRACE (2003–2012)

Patrick M. Alexander et al.

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We compared satellite-derived estimates of spatial and seasonal variations in Greenland Ice Sheet mass with a set of model simulations, revealing an agreement between models and satellite estimates for the ice-sheet-wide seasonal fluctuations in mass, but disagreement at finer spatial scales. The model simulations underestimate low-elevation mass loss. Improving the ability of models to capture variations and trends in Greenland Ice Sheet mass is important for estimating future sea level rise.