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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
01 Apr 2021 Winter drainage of surface lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet from Sentinel-1 SAR imagery

The surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet contains thousands of surface lakes. These lakes can deliver water through cracks to the ice sheet base and influence the speed of ice flow. Here the authors look at instances of lakes draining in the middle of winter using the Sentinel-1 radar satellites.

01 Apr 2021 Winter drainage of surface lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet from Sentinel-1 SAR imagery

The surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet contains thousands of surface lakes. These lakes can deliver water through cracks to the ice sheet base and influence the speed of ice flow. Here the authors look at instances of lakes draining in the middle of winter using the Sentinel-1 radar satellites.

18 Mar 2021 Observed snow depth trends in the European Alps: 1971 to 2019

The first Alpine-wide assessment of station snow depth has been enabled by a collaborative effort of the research community which involves more than 30 partners, 6 countries, and more than 2000 stations.

18 Mar 2021 Observed snow depth trends in the European Alps: 1971 to 2019

The first Alpine-wide assessment of station snow depth has been enabled by a collaborative effort of the research community which involves more than 30 partners, 6 countries, and more than 2000 stations.

25 Feb 2021 The 32-year record-high surface melt in 2019/2020 on the northern George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula

Ice shelves are thick floating layers of glacier ice extending from the glaciers on land that buttress much of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and help to protect it from losing ice to the ocean. However, the stability of ice shelves is vulnerable to meltwater lakes that form on their surfaces during the summer.

25 Feb 2021 The 32-year record-high surface melt in 2019/2020 on the northern George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula

Ice shelves are thick floating layers of glacier ice extending from the glaciers on land that buttress much of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and help to protect it from losing ice to the ocean. However, the stability of ice shelves is vulnerable to meltwater lakes that form on their surfaces during the summer.

Recent papers
13 Apr 2021
Simulated Ka- and Ku-band radar altimeter height and freeboard estimation on snow-covered Arctic sea ice
Rasmus T. Tonboe, Vishnu Nandan, John Yackel, Stefan Kern, Leif Toudal Pedersen, and Julienne Stroeve
The Cryosphere, 15, 1811–1822, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1811-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1811-2021, 2021
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13 Apr 2021
Pervasive diffusion of climate signals recorded in ice-vein ionic impurities
Felix S. L. Ng
The Cryosphere, 15, 1787–1810, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1787-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1787-2021, 2021
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13 Apr 2021
Impact of updated radiative transfer scheme in snow and ice in RACMO2.3p3 on the surface mass and energy budget of the Greenland ice sheet
Christiaan T. van Dalum, Willem Jan van de Berg, and Michiel R. van den Broeke
The Cryosphere, 15, 1823–1844, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1823-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1823-2021, 2021
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13 Apr 2021
Sentinel-1 time series for mapping snow cover and timing of snowmelt in Arctic periglacial environments: Case study from the Zackenberg Valley, Greenland
Sebastian Buchelt, Kirstine Skov, and Tobias Ullmann
The Cryosphere Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-78,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-78, 2021
Preprint under review for TC (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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13 Apr 2021
Advances in altimetric snow depth estimates using bi-frequency SARAL/CryoSat-2 Ka/Ku measurements
Florent Garnier, Sara Fleury, Gilles Garric, Jérôme Bouffard, Michel Tsamados, Antoine Laforge, Marion Bocquet, Renée Mie Fredensborg Hansen, and Frederique Rémy
The Cryosphere Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-79,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-79, 2021
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Highlight articles
13 Apr 2021
Pervasive diffusion of climate signals recorded in ice-vein ionic impurities
Felix S. L. Ng
The Cryosphere, 15, 1787–1810, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1787-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1787-2021, 2021
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12 Apr 2021
Sudden large-volume detachments of low-angle mountain glaciers – more frequent than thought?
Andreas Kääb, Mylène Jacquemart, Adrien Gilbert, Silvan Leinss, Luc Girod, Christian Huggel, Daniel Falaschi, Felipe Ugalde, Dmitry Petrakov, Sergey Chernomorets, Mikhail Dokukin, Frank Paul, Simon Gascoin, Etienne Berthier, and Jeffrey S. Kargel
The Cryosphere, 15, 1751–1785, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1751-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1751-2021, 2021
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18 Mar 2021
Observed snow depth trends in the European Alps: 1971 to 2019
Michael Matiu, Alice Crespi, Giacomo Bertoldi, Carlo Maria Carmagnola, Christoph Marty, Samuel Morin, Wolfgang Schöner, Daniele Cat Berro, Gabriele Chiogna, Ludovica De Gregorio, Sven Kotlarski, Bruno Majone, Gernot Resch, Silvia Terzago, Mauro Valt, Walter Beozzo, Paola Cianfarra, Isabelle Gouttevin, Giorgia Marcolini, Claudia Notarnicola, Marcello Petitta, Simon C. Scherrer, Ulrich Strasser, Michael Winkler, Marc Zebisch, Andrea Cicogna, Roberto Cremonini, Andrea Debernardi, Mattia Faletto, Mauro Gaddo, Lorenzo Giovannini, Luca Mercalli, Jean-Michel Soubeyroux, Andrea Sušnik, Alberto Trenti, Stefano Urbani, and Viktor Weilguni
The Cryosphere, 15, 1343–1382, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1343-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1343-2021, 2021
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03 Mar 2021
The case of a southern European glacier which survived Roman and medieval warm periods but is disappearing under recent warming
Ana Moreno, Miguel Bartolomé, Juan Ignacio López-Moreno, Jorge Pey, Juan Pablo Corella, Jordi García-Orellana, Carlos Sancho, María Leunda, Graciela Gil-Romera, Penélope González-Sampériz, Carlos Pérez-Mejías, Francisco Navarro, Jaime Otero-García, Javier Lapazaran, Esteban Alonso-González, Cristina Cid, Jerónimo López-Martínez, Belén Oliva-Urcia, Sérgio Henrique Faria, María José Sierra, Rocío Millán, Xavier Querol, Andrés Alastuey, and José M. García-Ruíz
The Cryosphere, 15, 1157–1172, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1157-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1157-2021, 2021
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02 Mar 2021
Diverging responses of high-latitude CO2 and CH4 emissions in idealized climate change scenarios
Philipp de Vrese, Tobias Stacke, Thomas Kleinen, and Victor Brovkin
The Cryosphere, 15, 1097–1130, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1097-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1097-2021, 2021
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