Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Research article
14 Jun 2021
Research article |  | 14 Jun 2021

Surface melting over the Greenland ice sheet derived from enhanced resolution passive microwave brightness temperatures (1979–2019)

Paolo Colosio, Marco Tedesco, Roberto Ranzi, and Xavier Fettweis

Data sets

MEaSUREs Calibrated Enhanced-Resolution Passive Microwave Daily EASE-Grid 2.0 Brightness Temperature ESDR, Version 1 M. J. Brodzik, D. G. Long, M. A. Hardman, A. Paget, and R. L. Armstrong

Short summary
We use a new satellite dataset to study the spatiotemporal evolution of surface melting over Greenland at an enhanced resolution of 3.125 km. Using meteorological data and the MAR model, we observe that a dynamic algorithm can best detect surface melting. We found that the melting season is elongating, the melt extent is increasing and that high-resolution data better describe the spatiotemporal evolution of the melting season, which is crucial to improve estimates of sea level rise.