Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 12, 907–920, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 907–920, 2018

Research article 14 Mar 2018

Research article | 14 Mar 2018

Near-surface temperature inversion during summer at Summit, Greenland, and its relation to MODIS-derived surface temperatures

Alden C. Adolph et al.

Data sets

Infrared Surface Temperature near Summit, Greenland in June and July of 2015 A. Adolph, M. Albert and D. Hall

Meteorology mea- surements at Summit Station, Greenland NOAA ESRL Global Monitoring Division

Millimeter Wavelength Cloud Radar (MMCRMOM), updated hourly, 1 June 2015–30 July 2018, Summit Station, Greenland (SMT) ARM Climate Research Facility

MODIS surface temperature data NASA LP DAAC

Short summary
In our studies of surface temperature in Greenland, we found that there can be differences between the temperature of the snow surface and the air directly above, depending on wind speed and incoming solar radiation. We also found that temperature measurements of the snow surface from remote sensing instruments may be more accurate than previously thought. Our results are relevant to studies of climate change in the remote sensing community and in studies of the atmospheric boundary layer.