Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 16, 3051–3070, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-3051-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 3051–3070, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-3051-2022
Research article
02 Aug 2022
Research article | 02 Aug 2022

Offset of MODIS land surface temperatures from in situ air temperatures in the upper Kaskawulsh Glacier region (St. Elias Mountains) indicates near-surface temperature inversions

Ingalise Kindstedt et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-211', Anonymous Referee #1, 15 Nov 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-211', Anonymous Referee #2, 03 Jan 2022
  • RC3: 'Comment on tc-2021-211', Anonymous Referee #3, 06 Jan 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (23 Feb 2022) by Marie Dumont
AR by Ingalise Kindstedt on behalf of the Authors (08 Apr 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (26 Apr 2022) by Marie Dumont
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (09 May 2022)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (21 May 2022)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (13 Jun 2022) by Marie Dumont
AR by Ingalise Kindstedt on behalf of the Authors (02 Jul 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Jul 2022) by Marie Dumont
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Short summary
We show that neither the large spatial footprint of the MODIS sensor nor poorly constrained snow emissivity values explain the observed cold offset in MODIS land surface temperatures (LSTs) in the St. Elias. Instead, the offset is most prominent under conditions associated with near-surface temperature inversions. This work represents an advance in the application of MODIS LSTs to glaciated alpine regions, where we often depend solely on remote sensing products for temperature information.