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Volume 11, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 11, 1949–1965, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1949-2017
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Special issue: Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

The Cryosphere, 11, 1949–1965, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1949-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 23 Aug 2017

Research article | 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 et al.
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Ice sheets reflect most incoming solar radiation back into space due to their high reflectivity (albedo). The albedo of ice sheets changes as a function of, for example, liquid water content and ageing of snow. In this study we have improved the description of albedo over the Greenland ice sheet in a global climate model. This is an important step, which also improves estimates of the annual ice mass gain or loss over the ice sheet using this global climate model.
Ice sheets reflect most incoming solar radiation back into space due to their high reflectivity...
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