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The Cryosphere, 9, 139–150, 2015

Special issue: Interactions between climate change and the Cryosphere: SVALI,...

The Cryosphere, 9, 139–150, 2015

Research article 27 Jan 2015

Research article | 27 Jan 2015

Mass changes in Arctic ice caps and glaciers: implications of regionalizing elevation changes

J. Nilsson et al.

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The aim of this study is to determine and quantify the impact of different regionalization schemes on surface elevation changes, and how they affect the estimated spread in mass balance of Arctic ice caps and glaciers. The study found that the choice of regionalization has an important effect in regions with maritime climate and high variability in elevation change. In these areas the spread in mass balance was in many cases larger than the estimated errors of the individual methods.