Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
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Climatology and surface impacts of atmospheric rivers on West Antarctica
- Final revised paper (published on 21 Feb 2023)
- Preprint (discussion started on 22 Jun 2022)
- Supplement to the preprint
Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor |
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RC1: 'Comment on tc-2022-101', Sanne Veldhuijsen, 19 Jul 2022
RC2: 'Reply on RC1', Sanne Veldhuijsen, 19 Jul 2022
- AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Michelle Maclennan, 02 Sep 2022
- AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Michelle Maclennan, 02 Sep 2022
- RC2: 'Reply on RC1', Sanne Veldhuijsen, 19 Jul 2022
RC3: 'Comment on tc-2022-101', Anonymous Referee #2, 09 Aug 2022
- AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Michelle Maclennan, 02 Sep 2022
RC4: 'Comment on tc-2022-101', Anonymous Referee #3, 13 Aug 2022
- AC4: 'Reply on RC4', Michelle Maclennan, 02 Sep 2022
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (12 Nov 2022) by Ruth Mottram
AR by Michelle Maclennan on behalf of the Authors (21 Nov 2022)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Dec 2022) by Ruth Mottram
Review “Climatology and Surface Impacts of Atmospheric Rivers on West Antarctica” by Michelle Maclennan and co-authors.
This manuscript investigates the climatological conditions and the surface impacts of atmospheric rivers (ARs) in West Antarctica. The author first uses reanalysis model output (MERRA-2) in combination with an AR detection tool to examine the contribution of ARs in this region from 1980 to 2020. Then for a more detailed and smaller scale perspective the authors present a case study of three successive ARs on Thwaites Glacier in February 2020, for which they use reanalysis data, in-situ measurements and a firn model. Finally, the authors discuss how ARs may change in a future climate.
The manuscript is well written with clear figures. It is an interesting and relevant study within the scope of TC. The idea and methods are not completely new, it builds on existing knowledge from ARs in Antarctica and previous firn modeling efforts. By combining large scale model output and in-situ measurements, the results are a useful contribution for understanding the climatology and impacts of atmospheric rivers in West Antarctica. Despite being a topic of interest, there are some minor aspects especially regarding the contribution/purpose, goals stated in introduction, methodology and results that might be better represented. I elaborate on this in the comments below, which follow the order of the manuscript.