Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Research article
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29 Jan 2021
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 29 Jan 2021

Greenland climate simulations show high Eemian surface melt which could explain reduced total air content in ice cores

Andreas Plach, Bo M. Vinther, Kerim H. Nisancioglu, Sindhu Vudayagiri, and Thomas Blunier

Data sets

MEaSUREs Greenland Surface Melt Daily 25 km EASE-Grid 2.0, Version 1, Greenland subset T. L. Mote

Melting trends over the Greenland ice sheet (19582009) from spaceborne microwave data and regional climate models X. Fettweis, M. Tedesco, M. van den Broeke, M. and J. Ettema

Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core NEEM community members

GRIP total air content D. Raynaud

Reconstructing the last interglacial at Summit, Greenland: Insights from GISP2 A. M. Yau, M. L. Bender, A. Robinson, and E. J. Brook

Model code and software


Short summary
In light of recent large-scale melting of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS), e.g., in the summer of 2012 several days with surface melt on the entire ice sheet (including elevations above 3000 m), we use computer simulations to estimate the amount of melt during a warmer-than-present period of the past. Our simulations show more extensive melt than today. This is important for the interpretation of ice cores which are used to reconstruct the evolution of the ice sheet and the climate.