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Volume 9, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 9, 945–956, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-945-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 9, 945–956, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-945-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 07 May 2015

Research article | 07 May 2015

Future climate and surface mass balance of Svalbard glaciers in an RCP8.5 climate scenario: a study with the regional climate model MAR forced by MIROC5

C. Lang et al.
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We simulated the 21st century Svalbard SMB with the regional model MAR (RCP8.5 scenario). Melt is projected to increase gently up to 2050 and then dramatically increase, with a larger increase in the south of the archipelago. This difference is due to larger ice albedo decrease in the south causing larger increase of absorbed solar radiation. The ablation area is projected to disappear over the entire Svalbard by 2085. The SMB decrease compared to present is projected to contribute 7mm to SLR.
We simulated the 21st century Svalbard SMB with the regional model MAR (RCP8.5 scenario). Melt...
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