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Volume 11, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 11, 2363–2381, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2363-2017
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Special issue: Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

The Cryosphere, 11, 2363–2381, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2363-2017
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue editorial 23 Oct 2017

Special issue editorial | 23 Oct 2017

Investigating the local-scale influence of sea ice on Greenland surface melt

Julienne C. Stroeve et al.
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As the sea ice has declined strongly in recent years there has been a corresponding increase in Greenland melting. While both are likely a result of changes in atmospheric circulation patterns that favor summer melt, this study evaluates whether or not sea ice reductions around the Greenland ice sheet are having an influence on Greenland summer melt through enhanced sensible and latent heat transport from open water areas onto the ice sheet.
As the sea ice has declined strongly in recent years there has been a corresponding increase in...
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