Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Research article
15 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 15 Apr 2020

Unprecedented atmospheric conditions (1948–2019) drive the 2019 exceptional melting season over the Greenland ice sheet

Marco Tedesco and Xavier Fettweis

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Short summary
Unprecedented atmospheric conditions occurring in the summer of 2019 over Greenland promoted new record or close-to-record values of mass loss. Summer of 2019 was characterized by an exceptional persistence of anticyclonic conditions that enhanced melting.