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TC | Volume 12, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 12, 2981–2999, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2981-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 12, 2981–2999, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2981-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 21 Sep 2018

Research article | 21 Sep 2018

Seasonal mass variations show timing and magnitude of meltwater storage in the Greenland Ice Sheet

Jiangjun Ran et al.
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To accurately predict future sea level rise, the mechanisms driving the observed mass loss must be better understood. Here, we combine data from the satellite gravimetry, surface mass balance, and ice discharge to analyze the mass budget of Greenland at various temporal scales. This study, for the first time, suggests the existence of a substantial meltwater storage during summer, with a peak value of 80–120 Gt in July. We highlight its importance for understanding ice sheet mass variability
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