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Earth System Science Data The Data Publishing Journal
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 4, 31-35, 2012
http://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/4/31/2012/
doi:10.5194/essd-4-31-2012
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29 Aug 2012
Twenty-one years of mass balance observations along the K-transect, West Greenland
R. S. W. van de Wal, W. Boot, C. J. P. P. Smeets, H. Snellen, M. R. van den Broeke, and J. Oerlemans Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Abstract. A 21-yr record is presented of surface mass balance measurements along the K-transect. The series covers the period 1990–2011. Data are available at eight sites along a transect over an altitude range of 380–1850 m at approximately 67° N in West Greenland. The surface mass balance gradient is on average 3.8 × 10−3 m w.e. m−1, and the mean equilibrium line altitude is 1553 m a.s.l. Only the lower three sites within 10 km of the margin up to an elevation of 700 m experience a significant increasing trend in the ablation over the entire period. Data are available at: doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.779181.

Citation: van de Wal, R. S. W., Boot, W., Smeets, C. J. P. P., Snellen, H., van den Broeke, M. R., and Oerlemans, J.: Twenty-one years of mass balance observations along the K-transect, West Greenland, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 4, 31-35, doi:10.5194/essd-4-31-2012, 2012.
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