Satellite gravimetry observation of Antarctic snow accumulation related to ENSO

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Abstract
Interannual ice-mass variations along the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) and in the Amundsen Sea Sector (AS) are obtained for the years 2002 until 2009 using satellite data of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, that correlate well (r ≈ 0.7) with accumulation variations based on the net precipitation from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts. Moreover, mass signals for AP and AS are anti-correlated in time (r ≈ - 0.4) and contain El Ni\~no Southern Oscillation signatures related to the strength of the Amundsen Sea Low pressure system, that has a dominant influence on West Antarctic atmospheric moisture transports. The GRACE interannual mass variations exhibit root-mean squared amplitudes of: 16.4 \textpm 4.1 Gt (AP) and 28.6 \textpm 10.5 Gt (AS), which are significant compared to the mean annual mass loss of - 110.2 \textpm 6.7 Gt/a in coastal West Antarctica.
Year of Publication
2010
Journal
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume
299
Number of Pages
352-358
Date Published
11/2010
ISSN Number
0012821X
DOI
10.1016/j.epsl.2010.09.015