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Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 271–285, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-271-2016
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The Cryosphere, 10, 271–285, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-271-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 03 Feb 2016

Research article | 03 Feb 2016

The modelled surface mass balance of the Antarctic Peninsula at 5.5 km horizontal resolution

J. M. van Wessem et al.

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This study presents the first high-resolution (5.5 km) modelled estimate of surface mass balance (SMB) over the period 1979–2014 for the Antarctic Peninsula (AP). Precipitation (snowfall and rain) largely determines the SMB, and is exceptionally high over the western mountain slopes, with annual values > 4 m water equivalent. Snowmelt is widespread over the AP, but only runs off into the ocean at some locations: the Larsen B,C, and Wilkins ice shelves, and along the north-western mountains.
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