Greenland ice sheet

M. Tedesco, J.E. Box, J. Cappelen, R.S. Fausto, X. Fettweis, T. Mote, C.J.P.P. Smeets, D. van As, R.S.W. van de Wal, I. Velicogna

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Estimates of the spatial extent of ice surface melt across the Greenland ice (GrIS sheet) during the pe-riod 1979–2016 are derived from brightness tempera-tures measured by the Special Sensor Microwave Im-ager (SSMI) and the SSMI/Sounder (SSMIS) passive microwave radiometers (e.g., Mote 2007; Tedesco et al. 2013). These observations indicate that 2016 extended the overall increasing melting trend, although it was not a record-breaking year in terms of melt extent and duration. The updated trend for melt extent over the entire Greenland ice sheet for the period 1979–2016 is +15 800 ± 2300 km2 yr−1.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationState of the climate in 2016
EditorsJessica Blunden, Derek S. Arndt
PublisherAmerican Meteorological Society
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Publication series

SeriesBulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate


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