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ANNUAL ACCUMULATION OVER THE GREENLAND ICE SHEET INTERPOLATED FROM HISTORICAL AND NEWLY COMPILED OBSERVATION DATA

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The estimation of ice/snow accumulation is of great significance in quantifying the mass balance of ice sheets and variation in water resources. Improving the accuracy and reducing uncertainty has been a challenge for the estimation of annual accumulation over the Greenland ice sheet. In this study, we kriged and analyzed the spatial pattern of accumulation based on an observation data series including 315 points used in a recent research, plus 101 ice cores and snow pits and newly compiled 23 coastal weather station data. The estimated annual accumulation over the Greenland ice sheet is 31.2 g cm−2 yr−1, with a standard error of 0.9 g cm−2 yr−1. The main differences between the improved map developed in this study and the recently published accumulation maps are in the coastal areas, especially southeast and southwest regions. The analysis of accumulations versus elevation reveals the distribution patterns of accumulation over the Greenland ice sheet.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0459.2012.00458.x

Affiliations: 1: University of Maryland, College Park, USA 2: USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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