Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1949-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1949-2017
Research article
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23 Aug 2017
Research article |  | 23 Aug 2017

On the importance of the albedo parameterization for the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet in EC-Earth

Michiel M. Helsen, Roderik S. W. van de Wal, Thomas J. Reerink, Richard Bintanja, Marianne S. Madsen, Shuting Yang, Qiang Li, and Qiong Zhang

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Ice sheets reflect most incoming solar radiation back into space due to their high reflectivity (albedo). The albedo of ice sheets changes as a function of, for example, liquid water content and ageing of snow. In this study we have improved the description of albedo over the Greenland ice sheet in a global climate model. This is an important step, which also improves estimates of the annual ice mass gain or loss over the ice sheet using this global climate model.