Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 13, 815–825, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 815–825, 2019

Research article 07 Mar 2019

Research article | 07 Mar 2019

Increased Greenland melt triggered by large-scale, year-round cyclonic moisture intrusions

Marilena Oltmanns et al.


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Short summary
By combining reanalysis, weather station and satellite data, we show that increases in surface melt over Greenland are initiated by large-scale precipitation events year-round. Estimates from a regional climate model suggest that the initiated melting more than doubled between 1988 and 2012, amounting to ~28 % of the overall melt and revealing that, despite the involved mass gain, precipitation events are contributing to the ice sheet's decline.