Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 11, 2507–2526, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2507-2017

Special issue: Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

The Cryosphere, 11, 2507–2526, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2507-2017

Research article 07 Nov 2017

Research article | 07 Nov 2017

The modelled liquid water balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Christian R. Steger et al.

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Mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet, which contributes to sea level rise, is currently dominated by surface melt and run-off. The relation between these two variables is rather uncertain due to the firn layer’s potential to buffer melt in solid (refreezing) or liquid (firn aquifer) form. To address this uncertainty, we analyse output of a numerical firn model run over 1960–2014. Results show a spatially variable response of the ice sheet to increasing melt and an upward migration of aquifers.