Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 14, 309–330, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-309-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 309–330, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-309-2020

Research article 29 Jan 2020

Research article | 29 Jan 2020

Glacier algae accelerate melt rates on the south-western Greenland Ice Sheet

Joseph M. Cook et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (08 Jul 2019) by Marco Tedesco
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (07 Aug 2019) by Marco Tedesco
AR by Joseph Cook on behalf of the Authors (07 Aug 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 Aug 2019) by Marco Tedesco
RR by Stephen Warren (21 Aug 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (25 Aug 2019)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (26 Aug 2019) by Marco Tedesco
AR by Joseph Cook on behalf of the Authors (26 Sep 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Oct 2019) by Marco Tedesco
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Nov 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (12 Nov 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Dec 2019) by Marco Tedesco
AR by Joseph Cook on behalf of the Authors (05 Dec 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Dec 2019) by Marco Tedesco
AR by Joseph Cook on behalf of the Authors (16 Dec 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 Dec 2019) by Marco Tedesco
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Short summary
Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) is a major source of uncertainty for sea level rise projections. Ice-darkening due to the growth of algae has been recognized as a potential accelerator of melting. This paper measures and models the algae-driven ice melting and maps the algae over the ice sheet for the first time. We estimate that as much as 13 % total runoff from the south-western GrIS can be attributed to these algae, showing that they must be included in future mass balance models.