Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 13, 413–425, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 413–425, 2019

Research article 04 Feb 2019

Research article | 04 Feb 2019

Moisture transport in observations and reanalyses as a proxy for snow accumulation in East Antarctica

Ambroise Dufour et al.

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The East Antarctic Ice Sheet is thicker and larger than its western counterpart. Whether it gains or loses mass depends in part on the snowfall but this is difficult to measure and model inside the continent. Fortunately, the weather balloons launched from a network of stations along the coast provide an indirect estimate. Indeed, they track the water vapour that will eventually precipitate inland. It turns out there has been no consistent change in moisture transport from 1980 to 2017.