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Clouds enhance Greenland ice sheet meltwater runoff

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, January 2016
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37 news outlets
blogs
6 blogs
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63 tweeters
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4 Facebook pages
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1 Wikipedia page
googleplus
5 Google+ users
reddit
2 Redditors

Citations

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185 Mendeley
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4 CiteULike
Title
Clouds enhance Greenland ice sheet meltwater runoff
Published in
Nature Communications, January 2016
DOI 10.1038/ncomms10266
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Authors

K. Van Tricht, S. Lhermitte, J. T. M. Lenaerts, I. V. Gorodetskaya, T. S. L’Ecuyer, B. Noël, M. R. van den Broeke, D. D. Turner, N. P. M. van Lipzig

Abstract

The Greenland ice sheet has become one of the main contributors to global sea level rise, predominantly through increased meltwater runoff. The main drivers of Greenland ice sheet runoff, however, remain poorly understood. Here we show that clouds enhance meltwater runoff by about one-third relative to clear skies, using a unique combination of active satellite observations, climate model data and snow model simulations. This impact results from a cloud radiative effect of 29.5 (±5.2) W m(-2). Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, the Greenland ice sheet responds to this energy through a new pathway by which clouds reduce meltwater refreezing as opposed to increasing surface melt directly, thereby accelerating bare-ice exposure and enhancing meltwater runoff. The high sensitivity of the Greenland ice sheet to both ice-only and liquid-bearing clouds highlights the need for accurate cloud representations in climate models, to better predict future contributions of the Greenland ice sheet to global sea level rise.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Belgium 2 1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 176 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 63 34%
Researcher 41 22%
Student > Master 20 11%
Student > Bachelor 17 9%
Professor 10 5%
Other 22 12%
Unknown 12 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 109 59%
Environmental Science 32 17%
Physics and Astronomy 7 4%
Engineering 6 3%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 2%
Other 6 3%
Unknown 21 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 384. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 April 2020.
All research outputs
#33,744
of 15,077,469 outputs
Outputs from Nature Communications
#457
of 28,346 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,025
of 368,472 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature Communications
#8
of 729 outputs
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