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Direct measurements of meltwater runoff on the Greenland ice sheet surface

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, December 2017
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Title
Direct measurements of meltwater runoff on the Greenland ice sheet surface
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, December 2017
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1707743114
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Authors

Laurence C. Smith, Kang Yang, Lincoln H Pitcher, Brandon T. Overstreet, Vena W. Chu, Åsa K. Rennermalm, Jonathan C. Ryan, Matthew G. Cooper, Colin J. Gleason, Marco Tedesco, Jeyavinoth Jeyaratnam, Dirk van As, Michiel R. van den Broeke, Willem Jan van de Berg, Brice Noël, Peter L. Langen, Richard I. Cullather, Bin Zhao, Michael J. Willis, Alun Hubbard, Jason E. Box, Brittany A. Jenner, Alberto E. Behar

Abstract

Meltwater runoff from the Greenland ice sheet surface influences surface mass balance (SMB), ice dynamics, and global sea level rise, but is estimated with climate models and thus difficult to validate. We present a way to measure ice surface runoff directly, from hourly in situ supraglacial river discharge measurements and simultaneous high-resolution satellite/drone remote sensing of upstream fluvial catchment area. A first 72-h trial for a 63.1-km2 moulin-terminating internally drained catchment (IDC) on Greenland's midelevation (1,207-1,381 m above sea level) ablation zone is compared with melt and runoff simulations from HIRHAM5, MAR3.6, RACMO2.3, MERRA-2, and SEB climate/SMB models. Current models cannot reproduce peak discharges or timing of runoff entering moulins but are improved using synthetic unit hydrograph (SUH) theory. Retroactive SUH applications to two older field studies reproduce their findings, signifying that remotely sensed IDC area, shape, and supraglacial river length are useful for predicting delays in peak runoff delivery to moulins. Applying SUH to HIRHAM5, MAR3.6, and RACMO2.3 gridded melt products for 799 surrounding IDCs suggests their terminal moulins receive lower peak discharges, less diurnal variability, and asynchronous runoff timing relative to climate/SMB model output alone. Conversely, large IDCs produce high moulin discharges, even at high elevations where melt rates are low. During this particular field experiment, models overestimated runoff by +21 to +58%, linked to overestimated surface ablation and possible meltwater retention in bare, porous, low-density ice. Direct measurements of ice surface runoff will improve climate/SMB models, and incorporating remotely sensed IDCs will aid coupling of SMB with ice dynamics and subglacial systems.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 82 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 31 38%
Researcher 13 16%
Unspecified 9 11%
Student > Bachelor 6 7%
Student > Master 5 6%
Other 18 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 49 60%
Unspecified 15 18%
Environmental Science 9 11%
Engineering 2 2%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 2%
Other 5 6%

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