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Datta et al. 2019

Datta, R.T., M. Tedesco, X. Fettweis, C. Agosta, S. Lhermitte, J.T.M. Lenaerts, and N. Wever, 2019: The effect of foehn-induced surface melt on firn evolution over the Northeast Antarctic Peninsula. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, no. 7, 3822-3831, doi:10.1029/2018GL080845.

Surface meltwater ponding has been implicated as a major driver for recent ice shelf collapse as well as the speedup of tributary glaciers in the northeast Antarctic Peninsula. Surface melt on the NAP is impacted by the strength and frequency of westerly winds, which result in sporadic foehn flow. We estimate changes in the frequency of foehn flow and the associated impact on snow melt, density, and the percolation depth of meltwater over the period 1982?2017 using a regional climate model and passive microwave data. The first of two methods extracts spatial patterns of melt occurrence using empirical orthogonal function analysis. The second method applies the Foehn Index, introduced here to capture foehn occurrence over the full study domain. Both methods show substantial foehn-induced melt late in the melt season since 2015, resulting in compounded densification of the near-surface snow, with potential implications for future ice shelf stability. % %

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@article{da08200c,
  author={Datta, R. T. and Tedesco, M. and Fettweis, X. and Agosta, C. and Lhermitte, S. and Lenaerts, J. T. M. and Wever, N.},
  title={The effect of foehn-induced surface melt on firn evolution over the Northeast Antarctic Peninsula},
  year={2019},
  journal={Geophys. Res. Lett.},
  volume={46},
  number={7},
  pages={3822--3831},
  doi={10.1029/2018GL080845},
}

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RIS Citation

TY  - JOUR
ID  - da08200c
AU  - Datta, R. T.
AU  - Tedesco, M.
AU  - Fettweis, X.
AU  - Agosta, C.
AU  - Lhermitte, S.
AU  - Lenaerts, J. T. M.
AU  - Wever, N.
PY  - 2019
TI  - The effect of foehn-induced surface melt on firn evolution over the Northeast Antarctic Peninsula
JA  - Geophys. Res. Lett.
VL  - 46
IS  - 7
SP  - 3822
EP  - 3831
DO  - 10.1029/2018GL080845
ER  -

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