Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
Research article
03 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 03 Nov 2016

Frequency and distribution of winter melt events from passive microwave satellite data in the pan-Arctic, 1988–2013

Libo Wang, Peter Toose, Ross Brown, and Chris Derksen


Interactive discussion

Status: closed
Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version Supplement - Supplement

Peer-review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (20 Sep 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (28 Sep 2016) by Claude Duguay
Short summary
The conventional wisdom is that Arctic warming will result in an increase in the frequency of winter melt events. However, results in this study show little evidence of trends in winter melt frequency over 1988–2013 period. The frequency of winter melt events is strongly influenced by the selection of the start and end dates of winter period, and a fixed-window method for analyzing winter melt events is observed to generate false increasing trends from a shift in the timing of snow cover season.