Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 313–328, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 313–328, 2016

Research article 10 Feb 2016

Research article | 10 Feb 2016

Cloud effects on surface energy and mass balance in the ablation area of Brewster Glacier, New Zealand

J. P. Conway and N. J. Cullen


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AR by Jonathan Conway on behalf of the Authors (24 Jul 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (25 Aug 2015) by Eric Larour
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (28 Sep 2015)
ED: Publish as is (17 Nov 2015) by Eric Larour
Short summary
Clouds are shown to force fundamental changes in the surface energy and mass balance of Brewster Glacier, New Zealand. Cloudy periods exhibit greater melt due to increased incoming long-wave radiation and higher atmospheric vapour pressure rather than through minimal changes in mean air temperature and wind speed. Surface mass-balance sensitivity to air temperature is enhanced in overcast compared to clear-sky periods due to more frequent melt and a strong precipitation phase to albedo feedback.