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Co-editors-in-chief: Chris Derksen, Olaf Eisen, Christian Haas, Christian Hauck, Nanna Bjørnholt Karlsson & Thomas Mölg

The Cryosphere (TC) is a not-for-profit international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications, and review papers on all aspects of frozen water and ground on Earth and on other planetary bodies.

The main subject areas are ice sheets and glaciers, planetary ice bodies, permafrost, river and lake ice, seasonal snow cover, sea ice, remote sensing, numerical modelling, in situ and laboratory studies of the above and including studies of the interaction of the cryosphere with the rest of the climate system.

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News
25 Jan 2021 Review article: Earth's ice imbalance

Satellite observations are the best method for tracking ice loss, because the cryosphere is vast and remote. Using these, and some numerical models, the authors show that Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes (Tt) of ice since 1994.

25 Jan 2021 Review article: Earth's ice imbalance

Satellite observations are the best method for tracking ice loss, because the cryosphere is vast and remote. Using these, and some numerical models, the authors show that Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes (Tt) of ice since 1994.

13 Jan 2021 Spectral characterization, radiative forcing and pigment content of coastal Antarctic snow algae: approaches to spectrally discriminate red and green communities and their impact on snowmelt

The authors present radiative forcing (RF) estimates by snow algae in the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) region from multi-year measurements of solar radiation and ground-based hyperspectral characterization of red and green snow algae collected during a brief field expedition in austral summer 2018.

13 Jan 2021 Spectral characterization, radiative forcing and pigment content of coastal Antarctic snow algae: approaches to spectrally discriminate red and green communities and their impact on snowmelt

The authors present radiative forcing (RF) estimates by snow algae in the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) region from multi-year measurements of solar radiation and ground-based hyperspectral characterization of red and green snow algae collected during a brief field expedition in austral summer 2018.

02 Dec 2020 Mapping the age of ice of Gauligletscher combining surface radionuclide contamination and ice flow modeling

In this paper the authors show that plutonium is an effective tracer to identify ice originating from the early 1960s at the surface of a mountain glacier after a long time within the ice flow, giving unique information on the long-term former ice motion. Combined with ice flow modelling, the dating can be extended to the entire glacier, and the authors show that an airplane which crash-landed on the Gauligletscher in 1946 will likely soon be released from the ice close to the place where pieces have emerged in recent years.

02 Dec 2020 Mapping the age of ice of Gauligletscher combining surface radionuclide contamination and ice flow modeling

In this paper the authors show that plutonium is an effective tracer to identify ice originating from the early 1960s at the surface of a mountain glacier after a long time within the ice flow, giving unique information on the long-term former ice motion. Combined with ice flow modelling, the dating can be extended to the entire glacier, and the authors show that an airplane which crash-landed on the Gauligletscher in 1946 will likely soon be released from the ice close to the place where pieces have emerged in recent years.

Recent papers
23 Feb 2021
Recent changes in Pan-Arctic sea ice, lake ice, and snow on/off timing
Alicia A. Dauginis and Laura C. Brown
The Cryosphere Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-52,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-52, 2021
Preprint under review for TC (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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23 Feb 2021
Upstream flow effects revealed in the EastGRIP ice core using a Monte Carlo inversion of a two-dimensional ice-flow model
Tamara Annina Gerber, Christine Schøtt Hvidberg, Sune Olander Rasmussen, Steven Franke, Giulia Sinnl, Aslak Grinsted, Daniela Jansen, and Dorthe Dahl-Jensen
The Cryosphere Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-63,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-63, 2021
Preprint under review for TC (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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22 Feb 2021
Recent degradation of Interior Alaska permafrost mapped with ground surveys, geophysics, deep drilling, and repeat airborne LiDAR
Thomas A. Douglas, Christopher A. Hiemstra, John E. Anderson, Robyn A. Barbato, Kevin L. Bjella, Elias J. Deeb, Arthur B. Gelvin, Patricia E. Nelsen, Stephen D. Newman, Stephanie P. Saari, and Anna M. Wagner
The Cryosphere Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-47,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-47, 2021
Preprint under review for TC (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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19 Feb 2021
The cooling signature of basal crevasses in a hard-bedded region of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Ian E. McDowell, Neil F. Humphrey, Joel T. Harper, and Toby W. Meierbachtol
The Cryosphere, 15, 897–907, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-897-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-897-2021, 2021
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19 Feb 2021
Trends and spatial variation in rain-on-snow events over the Arctic Ocean during the early melt season
Tingfeng Dou, Cunde Xiao, Jiping Liu, Qiang Wang, Shifeng Pan, Jie Su, Xiaojun Yuan, Minghu Ding, Feng Zhang, Kai Xue, Peter A. Bieniek, and Hajo Eicken
The Cryosphere, 15, 883–895, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-883-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-883-2021, 2021
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Highlight articles
28 Jan 2021
Macroscopic water vapor diffusion is not enhanced in snow
Kévin Fourteau, Florent Domine, and Pascal Hagenmuller
The Cryosphere, 15, 389–406, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-389-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-389-2021, 2021
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25 Jan 2021
Review article: Earth's ice imbalance
Thomas Slater, Isobel R. Lawrence, Inès N. Otosaka, Andrew Shepherd, Noel Gourmelen, Livia Jakob, Paul Tepes, Lin Gilbert, and Peter Nienow
The Cryosphere, 15, 233–246, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-233-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-233-2021, 2021
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18 Dec 2020
Brief communication: Heterogenous thinning and subglacial lake activity on Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica
Andrew O. Hoffman, Knut Christianson, Daniel Shapero, Benjamin E. Smith, and Ian Joughin
The Cryosphere, 14, 4603–4609, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4603-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4603-2020, 2020
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04 Dec 2020
The Antarctic sea ice cover from ICESat-2 and CryoSat-2: freeboard, snow depth, and ice thickness
Sahra Kacimi and Ron Kwok
The Cryosphere, 14, 4453–4474, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4453-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4453-2020, 2020
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01 Dec 2020
The catastrophic thermokarst lake drainage events of 2018 in northwestern Alaska: fast-forward into the future
Ingmar Nitze, Sarah W. Cooley, Claude R. Duguay, Benjamin M. Jones, and Guido Grosse
The Cryosphere, 14, 4279–4297, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4279-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4279-2020, 2020
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