Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 12, 2147–2158, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2147–2158, 2018

Research article 27 Jun 2018

Research article | 27 Jun 2018

Observations and modelling of algal growth on a snowpack in north-western Greenland

Yukihiko Onuma et al.

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Snow algal bloom can substantially increase melt rates of the snow due to the effect of albedo reduction on the snow surface. In this study, the temporal changes in algal abundance on the snowpacks of Greenland Glacier were studied in order to reproduce snow algal growth using a numerical model. Our study demonstrates that a simple numerical model could simulate the temporal variation in snow algal abundance on the glacier throughout the summer season.