Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Research article
10 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 10 Mar 2023

Exploring the role of snow metamorphism on the isotopic composition of the surface snow at EastGRIP

Romilly Harris Stuart, Anne-Katrine Faber, Sonja Wahl, Maria Hörhold, Sepp Kipfstuhl, Kristian Vasskog, Melanie Behrens, Alexandra M. Zuhr, and Hans Christian Steen-Larsen

Data sets

10 daily measurements of water isotopic composition of the surface 2.5 cm of snow from EastGRIP during summer of 2017-2019 Maria Hörhold, Melanie Behrens, Hans Christian Steen-Larsen, Anne-Katrine Faber, Sepp Kipfstuhl, Martin Madsen, Hannah Meyer, Diana Vladimirova, Sonja Wahl, Alexandra Zuhr, and Romilly Harris Stuart

10 daily surface measurements over 90 m transect, SSA, Density and Accumulation, from EastGRIP summer (May-August) of 2016-2019 Hans Christian Steen-Larsen, Maria Hörhold, Sepp Kipfstuhl, Anne-Katrine Faber, Johannes Freitag, Abigail G. Hughes, Martin Madsen, Melanie K. Behrens, Hannah Meyer, Diana Vladimirova, Sonja Wahl, Alexandra Zuhr, and Romilly Harris Stuart,

2 m processed sensible and latent heat flux, friction velocity and stability at EastGRIP site on Greenland Ice Sheet, summer 2019 Hans Christian Steen-Larsen and Sonja Wahl

Short summary
This empirical study uses continuous daily measurements from the Greenland Ice Sheet to document changes in surface snow properties. Consistent changes in snow isotopic composition are observed in the absence of deposition due to surface processes, indicating the isotopic signal of deposited precipitation is not always preserved. Our observations have potential implications for the interpretation of water isotopes in ice cores – historically assumed to reflect isotopic composition at deposition.