Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 12, 1987–2003, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1987-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1987–2003, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1987-2018

Research article 12 Jun 2018

Research article | 12 Jun 2018

How does the ice sheet surface mass balance relate to snowfall? Insights from a ground-based precipitation radar in East Antarctica

Niels Souverijns et al.

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AR by Niels Souverijns on behalf of the Authors (22 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
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RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (11 May 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (26 May 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (29 May 2018) by Robert Arthern
AR by Niels Souverijns on behalf of the Authors (30 May 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
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This work is the first to gain insight into the local surface mass balance over Antarctica using accurate long-term snowfall observations. A non-linear relationship between accumulation and snowfall is discovered, indicating that total surface mass balance measurements are not a good proxy for snowfall over Antarctica. Furthermore, the meteorological drivers causing changes in the local SMB are identified.