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Firn data compilation reveals widespread decrease of firn air content in western Greenland

Vandecrux, Baptiste ; MacFerrin, Michael ; Machguth, Horst ; Colgan, William T. ; As, Dirk van ; Heilig, Achim ; Stevens, C. Max ; Charalampidis, Charalampos ; Fausto, Robert S. ; Morris, Elizabeth M. ; Mosley-Thompson, Ellen ; Koenig, Lora ; Montgomery, Lynn N. ; Miège, Clément ; Simonsen, Sebastian B. ; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas ; Box, Jason E.

In: The Cryosphere, 2019, vol. 13, no. 3, p. 845–859

The perennial snow, or firn, on the Greenland ice sheet each summer stores part of the meltwater formed at the surface, buffering the ice sheet’s contribution to sea level. We gathered observations of firn air content, indicative of the space available in the firn to retain meltwater, and find that this air content remained stable in cold regions of the firn over the last 65 years but...

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Permafrost is warming at a global scale

Biskaborn, Boris K. ; Smith, Sharon L. ; Noetzli, Jeannette ; Matthes, Heidrun ; Vieira, Gonçalo ; Streletskiy, Dmitry A. ; Schoeneich, Philippe ; Romanovsky, Vladimir E. ; Lewkowicz, Antoni G. ; Abramov, Andrey ; Allard, Michel ; Boike, Julia ; Cable, William L. ; Christiansen, Hanne H. ; Delaloye, Reynald ; Diekmann, Bernhard ; Drozdov, Dmitry ; Etzelmüller, Bernd ; Grosse, Guido ; Guglielmin, Mauro ; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas ; Isaksen, Ketil ; Ishikawa, Mamoru ; Johansson, Margareta ; Johannsson, Halldor ; Joo, Anseok ; Kaverin, Dmitry ; Kholodov, Alexander ; Konstantinov, Pavel ; Kröger, Tim ; Lambiel, Christophe ; Lanckman, Jean-Pierre ; Luo, Dongliang ; Malkova, Galina ; Meiklejohn, Ian ; Moskalenko, Natalia ; Oliva, Marc ; Phillips, Marcia ; Ramos, Miguel ; Sannel, A. Britta K. ; Sergeev, Dmitrii ; Seybold, Cathy ; Skryabin, Pavel ; Vasiliev, Alexander ; Wu, Qingbai ; Yoshikawa, Kenji ; Zheleznyak, Mikhail ; Lantuit, Hugues

In: Nature Communications, 2019, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 264

Permafrost warming has the potential to amplify global climate change, because when frozen sediments thaw it unlocks soil organic carbon. Yet to date, no globally consistent assessment of permafrost temperature change has been compiled. Here we use a global data set of permafrost temperature time series from the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost to evaluate temperature change across...