Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 10, 477–496, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 477–496, 2016

Research article 03 Mar 2016

Research article | 03 Mar 2016

The darkening of the Greenland ice sheet: trends, drivers, and projections (1981–2100)

Marco Tedesco et al.


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (14 Jan 2016)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Jan 2016) by Edward Hanna
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (09 Feb 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (10 Feb 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Feb 2016) by Edward Hanna
Short summary
Summer surface albedo over Greenland decreased at a rate of 0.02 per decade between 1996 and 2012. The decrease is due to snow grain growth, the expansion of bare ice areas, and trends in light-absorbing impurities on snow and ice surfaces. Neither aerosol models nor in situ observations indicate increasing trends in impurities in the atmosphere over Greenland. Albedo projections through to the end of the century under different warming scenarios consistently point to continued darkening.