Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 14, 385–402, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 385–402, 2020

Research article 31 Jan 2020

Research article | 31 Jan 2020

Relating regional and point measurements of accumulation in southwest Greenland

Achim Heilig et al.

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We investigate the spatial representativeness of point observations of snow accumulation in SW Greenland. Such analyses have rarely been conducted but are necessary to link regional-scale observations from, e.g., remote-sensing data to firn cores and snow pits. The presented data reveal a low regional variability in density but snow depth can vary significantly. It is necessary to combine pits with spatial snow depth data to increase the regional representativeness of accumulation observations.