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Sensitivity of Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance to Surface Albedo Parameterization: a Study with a Regional Climate Model : Volume 6, Issue 2 (24/04/2012)

By Van Angelen, J. H.

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Title: Sensitivity of Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance to Surface Albedo Parameterization: a Study with a Regional Climate Model : Volume 6, Issue 2 (24/04/2012)  
Author: Van Angelen, J. H.
Volume: Vol. 6, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Cryosphere, Discussions
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Van Angelen, J. H., Fettweis, X., Meijgaard, E. V., Lhermitte, S., Munneke, P. K., M. Lenaert, J. T., & Van Den Broeke, M. R. (2012). Sensitivity of Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance to Surface Albedo Parameterization: a Study with a Regional Climate Model : Volume 6, Issue 2 (24/04/2012). Retrieved from

Description: Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. We present a sensitivity study of the surface mass balance (SMB) of the Greenland Ice Sheet, as modeled using a regional atmospheric climate model, to various parameter settings in the albedo parameterization. The snow albedo parameterization uses grain size as a prognostic variable and further depends on cloud cover, solar zenith angle and black carbon concentration. For the control experiment the overestimation of absorbed shortwave radiation (+6 %) at the K-transect (West Greenland) for the period 2004–2009 is considerably reduced compared to the previous density-dependent albedo parameterization (+22 %). To simulate realistic snow albedo values, a small concentration of black carbon is needed. A background ice albedo field derived from MODIS imagery improves the agreement between the modeled and observed SMB gradient along the K-transect. The effect of enhanced retention and refreezing is a decrease of the albedo due to an increase in snow grain size. As a secondary effect of refreezing the snowpack is heated, enhancing melt and further lowering the albedo. Especially in a warmer climate this process is important, since it reduces the refreezing potential of the firn layer covering the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Sensitivity of Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance to surface albedo parameterization: a study with a regional climate model

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