Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Research article
31 May 2018
Research article |  | 31 May 2018

The importance of snow albedo for ice sheet evolution over the last glacial cycle

Matteo Willeit and Andrey Ganopolski


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Feb 2018) by David Thornalley
AR by Matteo Willeit on behalf of the Authors (26 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Apr 2018) by David Thornalley
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (30 Apr 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (14 May 2018) by David Thornalley
Short summary
The surface energy and mass balance of ice sheets strongly depends on surface albedo. Here, using an Earth system model of intermediate complexity, we explore the role played by surface albedo for the simulation of glacial cycles. We show that the evolution of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets over the last glacial cycle is very sensitive to the parameterization of snow grain size and the effect of dust deposition on snow albedo.