Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Editor(s): M. Tedesco, I. M. Howat, E. Hanna, L. Koenig, I. Velicogna, and J. Bamber
The mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) is crucial for quantifying and properly projecting its contribution to sea level rise as well as to understand the implications of changes in both surface mass balance and ice dynamics in the Arctic system (e.g. impact on atmosphere, ocean, etc.). Over the past years, an increasing number of scientific efforts have been focusing on improving estimates of the mass balance of the GrIS and the physical processes driving such changes. The increasing number of ad hoc observations, both in situ and from airborne and spaceborne platforms, as well as the increasing complexity of regional and global climate models, ice sheet models, and physics parameterizationimplemented there have been catalyzing research activities and the amount of scholarly work focusing on the GrIS.

The goal of this special issue (SI) in The Cryosphere is to provide a venue for collecting papers focusing on the mass balance of the GrIS, with the gal of consolidating the current knowledge and state of the art of the scientific activities on the topic in an open-access, highly accessed, and community oriented journal, such as The Cryosphere. To our knowledge, no such effort has been made since the last PARCA activities, more than 2 decades ago. In view of this, we invite contributions focusing on results addressing the mass balance of the GrIS. The focus of the SI is on (though not limited to) the following: 1) papers specifically focusing on both the surface mass balance (SMB) as well as the ice dynamics of the GrIS, and their interaction, using insitu or remote sensing observations, modelling tools, and the combination of the two; 2) experiments and results addressing the issue of reducing uncertainties on mass balance estimates; 3) the application of novel techniques; 4) “synthesis” papers summarizing the most current methods, results, and applications concerning estimates of the mass balance of the GrIS. Studies generally focusing on the mass balance of the GrIS are also strongly encouraged.

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04 Jun 2018
Seasonal monitoring of melt and accumulation within the deep percolation zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet and comparison with simulations of regional climate modeling
Achim Heilig, Olaf Eisen, Michael MacFerrin, Marco Tedesco, and Xavier Fettweis
The Cryosphere, 12, 1851–1866,,, 2018
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23 Feb 2018
NHM–SMAP: spatially and temporally high-resolution nonhydrostatic atmospheric model coupled with detailed snow process model for Greenland Ice Sheet
Masashi Niwano, Teruo Aoki, Akihiro Hashimoto, Sumito Matoba, Satoru Yamaguchi, Tomonori Tanikawa, Koji Fujita, Akane Tsushima, Yoshinori Iizuka, Rigen Shimada, and Masahiro Hori
The Cryosphere, 12, 635–655,,, 2018
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07 Nov 2017
The modelled liquid water balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Christian R. Steger, Carleen H. Reijmer, and Michiel R. van den Broeke
The Cryosphere, 11, 2507–2526,,, 2017
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23 Oct 2017
Investigating the local-scale influence of sea ice on Greenland surface melt
Julienne C. Stroeve, John R. Mioduszewski, Asa Rennermalm, Linette N. Boisvert, Marco Tedesco, and David Robinson
The Cryosphere, 11, 2363–2381,,, 2017
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23 Aug 2017
On the importance of the albedo parameterization for the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet in EC-Earth
Michiel M. Helsen, Roderik S. W. van de Wal, Thomas J. Reerink, Richard Bintanja, Marianne S. Madsen, Shuting Yang, Qiang Li, and Qiong Zhang
The Cryosphere, 11, 1949–1965,,, 2017
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05 Jul 2017
Evaluation of Greenland near surface air temperature datasets
J. E. Jack Reeves Eyre and Xubin Zeng
The Cryosphere, 11, 1591–1605,,, 2017
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09 Jun 2017
Hypsometric amplification and routing moderation of Greenland ice sheet meltwater release
Dirk van As, Andreas Bech Mikkelsen, Morten Holtegaard Nielsen, Jason E. Box, Lillemor Claesson Liljedahl, Katrin Lindbäck, Lincoln Pitcher, and Bent Hasholt
The Cryosphere, 11, 1371–1386,,, 2017
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25 Apr 2017
Reconstructions of the 1900–2015 Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance using the regional climate MAR model
Xavier Fettweis, Jason E. Box, Cécile Agosta, Charles Amory, Christoph Kittel, Charlotte Lang, Dirk van As, Horst Machguth, and Hubert Gallée
The Cryosphere, 11, 1015–1033,,, 2017
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23 Mar 2017
Regional Greenland accumulation variability from Operation IceBridge airborne accumulation radar
Gabriel Lewis, Erich Osterberg, Robert Hawley, Brian Whitmore, Hans Peter Marshall, and Jason Box
The Cryosphere, 11, 773–788,,, 2017
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13 Oct 2016
A daily, 1 km resolution data set of downscaled Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance (1958–2015)
Brice Noël, Willem Jan van de Berg, Horst Machguth, Stef Lhermitte, Ian Howat, Xavier Fettweis, and Michiel R. van den Broeke
The Cryosphere, 10, 2361–2377,,, 2016
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06 Sep 2016
On the recent contribution of the Greenland ice sheet to sea level change
Michiel R. van den Broeke, Ellyn M. Enderlin, Ian M. Howat, Peter Kuipers Munneke, Brice P. Y. Noël, Willem Jan van de Berg, Erik van Meijgaard, and Bert Wouters
The Cryosphere, 10, 1933–1946,,, 2016
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11 Aug 2016
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Annual Greenland accumulation rates (2009–2012) from airborne snow radar
Lora S. Koenig, Alvaro Ivanoff, Patrick M. Alexander, Joseph A. MacGregor, Xavier Fettweis, Ben Panzer, John D. Paden, Richard R. Forster, Indrani Das, Joesph R. McConnell, Marco Tedesco, Carl Leuschen, and Prasad Gogineni
The Cryosphere, 10, 1739–1752,,, 2016
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