The Spatiotemporal Variability of Cloud Radiative Effects on the Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance

M. Izeboud, S. Lhermitte, K. Van Tricht, J. T.M. Lenaerts, N. P.M. Van Lipzig, N. Wever

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

4 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

To better understand and quantify the impact of clouds on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance (SMB), we study the spatiotemporal variability of the cloud radiative effect (CRE). The total CRE is separated in short-term and long-term impacts by performing multiple simulations with the SNOWPACK model for 2001-+2010. The annual total CRE is 16.8 ± 4.5 W m−2, reducing the SMB with −157 ± 3.8 Gt yr−1. Summer cloud radiative cooling is −6.4 ± 5.7 W m−2 in the ablation area, increasing the SMB with 121 ± 2.2 Gt yr−1. The annual integrated impact is cloud-reduced SMB of −36 Gt yr−1. The short-term effect dominates the opposing long-term effects through the albedo-melt feedback. A long-term warming effect decreases the albedo and so preconditions the surface for enhanced (summer) melt. The impact of the CRE, determined by spatial, temporal and initial conditions, explains existing conflicted views on the role of cloud radiation and emphasizes the need for accurate cloud and albedo representations in future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2020GL087315
Number of pages9
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume47
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • cloud impact
  • cloud radiative effect
  • Greenland ice sheet

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The Spatiotemporal Variability of Cloud Radiative Effects on the Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this