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TC | Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 3811–3827, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3811-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 14, 3811–3827, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3811-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 09 Nov 2020

Research article | 09 Nov 2020

Recent changes in pan-Antarctic region surface snowmelt detected by AMSR-E and AMSR2

Lei Zheng et al.

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Snowmelt plays a key role in mass and energy balance in polar regions. In this study, we report on the spatial and temporal variations in the surface snowmelt over the Antarctic sea ice and ice sheet (pan-Antarctic region) based on AMSR-E and AMSR2. Melt detection on sea ice is improved by excluding the effect of open water. The decline in surface snowmelt on the Antarctic ice sheet was very likely linked with the enhanced summer Southern Annular Mode.
Snowmelt plays a key role in mass and energy balance in polar regions. In this study, we report...
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