Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 191–215, 2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 191–215, 2017

Research article 26 Jan 2017

Research article | 26 Jan 2017

Diagnosing the decline in climatic mass balance of glaciers in Svalbard over 1957–2014

Torbjørn Ims Østby et al.


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AR by Torbjørn Ims Østby on behalf of the Authors (22 Nov 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Dec 2016) by G. Hilmar Gudmundsson
RR by Xavier Fettweis (13 Dec 2016)
ED: Publish as is (25 Dec 2016) by G. Hilmar Gudmundsson
Short summary
We present modelled climatic mass balance for all glaciers in Svalbard for the period 1957–2014 at 1 km resolution using a coupled surface energy balance and snowpack model, thereby closing temporal and spatial gaps in direct and geodetic mass balance estimates. Supporting previous studies, our results indicate increased mass loss over the period. A detailed analysis of the involved energy fluxes reveals that increased mass loss is caused by atmospheric warming further amplified by feedbacks.