Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Research article
08 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 08 Jul 2016

Two years with extreme and little snowfall: effects on energy partitioning and surface energy exchange in a high-Arctic tundra ecosystem

Christian Stiegler, Magnus Lund, Torben Røjle Christensen, Mikhail Mastepanov, and Anders Lindroth


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (08 Jun 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Jun 2016) by Michiel van den Broeke
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Short summary
In this study we investigate the impact of strong variability in snow accumulation during 2 subsequent years (2013–2014) on the land–atmosphere interactions and surface energy exchange in two high-Arctic tundra ecosystems (wet fen and dry heath) in Zackenberg, Northeast Greenland. We observe that the energy balance during the snowmelt periods and growing seasons was strongly regulated by the availability of snow meltwater, with strong impact on the overall ecosystem performance.