Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
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, Alexandra Gossart, Irina V. Gorodetskaya, Stef Lhermitte, Alexander Mangold, Quentin Laffineur, Andy Delcloo, and Nicole P. M. van Lipzig


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AR by Niels Souverijns on behalf of the Authors (22 Mar 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 May 2018) by Robert Arthern
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 
Short summary
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.