Articles | Volume 14, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 14, 2687–2713, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2687-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 2687–2713, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2687-2020

Research article 27 Aug 2020

Research article | 27 Aug 2020

Quantifying spatiotemporal variability of glacier algal blooms and the impact on surface albedo in southwestern Greenland

Shujie Wang et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (05 Feb 2020) by Stef Lhermitte
AR by Shujie Wang on behalf of the Authors (11 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (31 Mar 2020) by Stef Lhermitte
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RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (16 Apr 2020)
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (06 May 2020) by Stef Lhermitte
AR by Shujie Wang on behalf of the Authors (26 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Jul 2020) by Stef Lhermitte
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Short summary
Glacial algal blooms play a significant role in darkening the Greenland Ice Sheet during summertime. The dark pigments generated by glacial algae could substantially reduce the bare ice albedo and thereby enhance surface melt. We used satellite data to map the spatial distribution of glacial algae and characterized the seasonal growth pattern and interannual trends of glacial algae in southwestern Greenland. Our study is important for bridging microbial activities with ice sheet mass balance.