Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Research article
15 May 2019
Research article |  | 15 May 2019

Quantifying the snowmelt–albedo feedback at Neumayer Station, East Antarctica

Constantijn L. Jakobs, Carleen H. Reijmer, Peter Kuipers Munneke, Gert König-Langlo, and Michiel R. van den Broeke


Interactive discussion

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Peer-review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Stan Jakobs on behalf of the Authors (11 Mar 2019)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Mar 2019) by Mark Flanner
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (18 Mar 2019)
RR by Ghislain Picard (09 Apr 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (26 Apr 2019) by Mark Flanner
AR by Stan Jakobs on behalf of the Authors (30 Apr 2019)  Author's response   Manuscript 

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Stan Jakobs on behalf of the Authors (13 May 2019)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (13 May 2019) by Mark Flanner
Short summary
We use 24 years of observations at Neumayer Station, East Antarctica, to calculate the surface energy balance and the associated surface melt, which we find to be mainly driven by the absorption of solar radiation. Meltwater can refreeze in the subsurface snow layers, thereby decreasing the surface albedo and hence allowing for more absorption of solar radiation. By implementing an albedo parameterisation, we show that this feedback accounts for a threefold increase in surface melt at Neumayer.