Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Konrad Steffen

Research Interests

My general interest is the study of processes related to climate and cryosphere interaction in polar and alpine regions based on in-situ and satellite measurements, and using climate system modeling to study their sensitivity. In particular I study and evaluate sea level changes and sensitivity studies of large ice sheets using in situ and modeling results. Most of this research is supported by the NASA/NSF initiative called PARCA: Program in Regional Arctic Climate Assessment.

Current Research

A 2012 update on the Greenland Climate Network and Swiss Camp Climatology (with current and former graduate students Daniel McGrath, William Colgan, Thomas Phillips, and Nicolas Bayou)

The Greenland Climate Network (GC-Net) was established in spring 1990 with the intention to monitor climatological and glaciological parameters at various locations on the Greenland Ice Sheet over several decades to study the climate variability. The first automatic weather station was installed at the Swiss Camp on the western slope of the Greenland Ice Sheet in spring 1990, followed by four automatic weather stations in 1995, four in 1996, five in 1997, four in 1999, one in 2002 and 2003, and the latest one at the European/U.S. deep-icecore site in northwestern Greenland in 2006. The long-term objectives for the Greenland weather station network are to measure daily, annual, and interannual variability in accumulation rate, surface climatology, and surface-energy balance at selected locations on the ice sheet, and to measure near-surface snow density at the GC-Net locations for the assessment of snow densification, accumulation, and metamorphosis.

GC-Net data requests from the beginning of 2009 to the present came from 184 individual users for surface process studies, model validation, and satellite intercomparison. The web interface allows us to capture the email and affiliation of all GC-Net users, including a short description of their use of the Greenland Climate data. Data requests are processed on a UNIX 4-processor workstation and datasets are transferred on a FTP site for direct downloading.

The mean annual air temperature at Swiss Camp is -12.3°C (1991-2009), with the coldest monthly temperature in February (-32°C) and the warmest monthly temperature in July (+1.8ºC). Summer mean monthly temperatures above freezing occurred in 1995 and from 1997 to the present. The mean annual temperature has increased by 4.0°C (about 2°C/decade) using a linear regression model as shown in Figure 1. The temperature minimum in 1992 was the result of the aerosol loading caused by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. The linear regressing model at 95-percent confidence shows that the Pinatubo cooling and the subsequent warming from the mid 1990s were outside the 95-percentconfidence level. The warming that occurred since 2000 to present shows approximately the same trend as the 19-year time series. The warmest mean annual temperatures were -10.0°C and -10.3°C in 2009 and 2006, respectively.

Radiation has been monitored continuously at Swiss Camp since 1993. The largest monthly mean net radiation is found in the summer of 2007 (> 60 W/m2), coincident with air temperatures above freezing, indicating a strong albedo-feedback mechanism at the equilibrium line altitude (Figure 2). Most of the annual snow cover melted and the bare ice surface was exposed, reducing the monthly albedo value to 0.4 (Figure 3).

It is worth discussing the three anomalous periods of 1995, 1998, and 2001-2009 (Figure 2). The summer season is characterized by a positive net radiation flux, which is indicative of the length of the melting season. High net radiation values can either be the result of low albedo values (i.e., 2003-2009, Figure 3), reduced cloudiness (increase in insolation), or increase in atmospheric temperatures (increase in long-wave radiation). The mean summer net radiation has been higher during the new millennium (30 W/m2) compared to the previous decade, with the exception of record high values in 1995, as a result of increased atmospheric temperatures leading to increase in surface melt (albedo reduction).


Interannual variability of monthly mean air temperatures (1991-2009) at the Swiss Camp, located at the equilibrium-line altitude on the western slope of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Interannual variability of monthly net radiation (W/m2) at the Swiss Camp (1993-2009).

Interannual variability of monthly mean albedo at the Swiss Camp (1993-2009).

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  • Beckerman, Andrew P., Cappelen, John, Hanna, Edward, Malmros, Jeppe K., McConnell, Joseph R., Mernild, Sebastian H., Sigl, Michael, Steffen, Konrad, Yde, Jacob C. (2015), Greenland precipitation trends in a long-term instrumental climate context (1890-2012): evaluation of coastal and ice core records: PRECIPITATION IN GREENLAND. Int. J. Climatol. Version: 1, issn: 10970088, doi: 10.1002/JOC.3986
  • Mernild, Sebastian H., Holland, David M., Holland, Denise, Rosing-Asvid, Aqqalu, Yde, Jacob C., Liston, Glen E., Steffen, Konrad (2015), Freshwater Flux and Spatiotemporal Simulated Runoff Variability into Ilulissat Icefjord, West Greenland, Linked to Salinity and Temperature Observations near Tidewater Glacier Margins Obtained Using Instrumented Ringed Seals. J. Phys. Oceanogr. Version: 1 45 (5) , issn: 00223670, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-14-0217.1
  • Steffen, Konrad, Meier, Ueli, Kchli, Christian, Manser, Rolf (2015), Forschung zur richtigen Zeit, umsetzungsorientiert und politisch eingebettet. Swiss J. For. Version: 1 166 (6) , issn: 00367818, doi: 10.3188/SZF.2015.0348
  • Ligtenberg, S. R. M., Nol, B. P. Y., Howat, I. M., Box, J. E., Mosley-Thompson, E., McConnell, J. R., Steffen, K., Harper, J. T., Das, S. B., van den Broeke, M. R., Kuipers Munneke, P. (2015), Elevation change of the Greenland Ice Sheet due to surface mass balance and firn processes, 19602014. Cryosphere Version: 1 9 (6) , issn: 19940424, doi: 10.5194/TC-9-2009-2015
  • Miller, NB, MD Shupe, CJ Cox, VP Walden, DD Turner and K Steffen (2015), Cloud Radiative Forcing at Summit, Greenland. J. Clim. Version: 1 28 (15) 6267-6280, issn: 0894-8755, ids: CO9YM, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0076.1
  • Cox, CJ, VP Walden, GP Compo, PM Rowe, MD Shupe and K Steffen (2014), Downwelling longwave flux over Summit, Greenland, 2010-2012: Analysis of surface-based observations and evaluation of ERA-Interim using wavelets. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 119 (21) 12317-12337, issn: 2169-897X, ids: AU6EQ, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021975
  • Steen-Larsen, HC, V Masson-Delmotte, M Hirabayashi, R Winkler, K Satow, F Prie, N Bayou, E Brun, KM Cuffey, D Dahl-Jensen, M Dumont, M Guillevic, S Kipfstuhl, A Landais, T Popp, C Risi, K Steffen, B Stenni and AE Sveinbjornsdottir (2014), What controls the isotopic composition of Greenland surface snow?. Clim. Past. Version: 1 10 (1) 377-392, issn: 1814-9324, ids: AE2XV, doi: 10.5194/cp-10-377-2014
  • McGrath, D, K Steffen, PR Holland, T Scambos, H Rajaram, W Abdalati and E Rignot (2014), The structure and effect of suture zones in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 119 (3) 588-602, issn: 2169-9003, ids: AE9WR, doi: 10.1002/2013JF002935
  • Dahl-Jensen, D, MR Albert, A Aldahan, N Azuma, D Balslev-Clausen, M Baumgartner, AM Berggren, M Bigler, T Binder, T Blunier, JC Bourgeois, EJ Brook, SL Buchardt, C Buizert, E Capron, J Chappellaz, J Chung, HB Clausen, I Cvijanovic, SM Davies, P Ditlevsen, O Eicher, H Fischer, DA Fisher, LG Fleet, G Gfeller, V Gkinis, S Gogineni, K Goto-Azuma, A Grinsted, H Gudlaugsdottir, M Guillevic, SB Hansen, M Hansson, M Hirabayashi, S Hong, SD Hur, P Huybrechts, CS Hvidberg, Y Iizuka, T Jenk, SJ Johnsen, TR Jones, J Jouzel, NB Karlsson, K Kawamura, K Keegan, E Kettner, S Kipfstuhl, HA Kjaer, M Koutnik, T Kuramoto, P Kohler, T Laepple, A Landais, PL Langen, LB Larsen, D Leuenberger, M Leuenberger, C Leuschen, J Li, V Lipenkov, P Martinerie, OJ Maselli, V Masson-Delmotte, JR McConnell, H Miller, O Mini, A Miyamoto, M Montagnat-Rentier, R Mulvaney, R Muscheler, AJ Orsi, J Paden, C Panton, F Pattyn, JR Petit, K Pol, T Popp, G Possnert, F Prie, M Prokopiou, A Quiquet, SO Rasmussen, D Raynaud, J Ren, C Reutenauer, C Ritz, T Rockmann, JL Rosen, M Rubino, O Rybak, D Samyn, CJ Sapart, A Schilt, AMZ Schmidt, J Schwander, S Schupbach, I Seierstad, JP Severinghaus, S Sheldon, SB Simonsen, J Sjolte, AM Solgaard, T Sowers, P Sperlich, HC Steen-Larsen, K Steffen, JP Steffensen, D Steinhage, TF Stocker, C Stowasser, AS Sturevik, WT Sturges, A Sveinbjornsdottir, A Svensson, JL Tison, J Uetake, P Vallelonga, RSW van de Wal, G van der Wel, BH Vaughn, B Vinther, E Waddington, A Wegner, I Weikusat, JWC White, F Wilhelms, M Winstrup, E Witrant, EW Wolff, C Xiao and J Zheng (2013), Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core. Nature Version: 1 493 (7433) 489-494, issn: 0028-0836, ids: 075GF, doi: 10.1038/nature11789
  • Hanna, E, JM Jones, J Cappelen, SH Mernild, L Wood, K Steffen and P Huybrechts (2013), The influence of North Atlantic atmospheric and oceanic forcing effects on 1900-2010 Greenland summer climate and ice melt/runoff. Int. J. Climatol. Version: 1 33 (4) 862-880, issn: 0899-8418, ids: 104EE, doi: 10.1002/joc.3475
  • Bennartz, R, MD Shupe, DD Turner, VP Walden, K Steffen, CJ Cox, MS Kulie, NB Miller and C Pettersen (2013), July 2012 Greenland melt extent enhanced by low-level liquid clouds. Nature Version: 1 496 (7443) 83-86, issn: 0028-0836, ids: 117ZZ, doi: 10.1038/nature12002, PubMed ID: 23552947
  • Petrenko, VV, P Martinerie, P Novelli, DM Etheridge, I Levin, Z Wang, T Blunier, J Chappellaz, J Kaiser, P Lang, LP Steele, S Hammer, J Mak, RL Langenfelds, J Schwander, JP Severinghaus, E Witrant, G Petron, MO Battle, G Forster, WT Sturges, JF Lamarque, K Steffen and JWC White (2013), A 60 yr record of atmospheric carbon monoxide reconstructed from Greenland firn air. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Version: 1 13 (15) 7567-7585, issn: 1680-7316, ids: 200XE, doi: 10.5194/acp-13-7567-2013
  • Phillips, T, H Rajaram, W Colgan, K Steffen and W Abdalati (2013), Evaluation of cryo-hydrologic warming as an explanation for increased ice velocities in the wet snow zone, Sermeq Avannarleq, West Greenland. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 118 (3) 1241-1256, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 238VC, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20079
  • McGrath, D, W Colgan, N Bayou, A Muto and K Steffen (2013), Recent warming at Summit, Greenland: Global context and implications. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 40 (10) 2091-2096, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 277SS, doi: 10.1002/grl.50456
  • McGrath, D, K Steffen, T Scambos, H Rajaram, G Casassa and JLR Lagos (2012), Basal crevasses and associated surface crevassing on the Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctica, and their role in ice-shelf instability. Ann. Glaciol. Version: 1 53 (60) 10-18, issn: 0260-3055, ids: 095BU, doi: 10.3189/2012AoG60A005
  • McGrath, D, K Steffen, H Rajaram, T Scambos, W Abdalati and E Rignot (2012), Basal crevasses on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Implications for meltwater ponding and hydrofracture. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 39 , Art. No. L16504, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 999JZ, doi: 10.1029/2012GL052413
  • Box, JE, X Fettweis, JC Stroeve, M Tedesco, DK Hall and K Steffen (2012), Greenland ice sheet albedo feedback: thermodynamics and atmospheric drivers. Cryosphere Version: 1 6 (4) 821-839, issn: 1994-0416, ids: 998NJ, doi: 10.5194/tc-6-821-2012
  • Tedesco, M, M Luthje, K Steffen, N Steiner, X Fettweis, I Willis, N Bayou and A Banwell (2012), Measurement and modeling of ablation of the bottom of supraglacial lakes in western Greenland. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 39 , Art. No. L02502, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 880GO, doi: 10.1029/2011GL049882
  • Liang, YL, W Colgan, Q Lv, K Steffen, W Abdalati, J Stroeve, D Gallaher and N Bayou (2012), A decadal investigation of supraglacial lakes in West Greenland using a fully automatic detection and tracking algorithm. Remote Sens. Environ. Version: 1 123 127-138, issn: 0034-4257, ids: 016CX, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.03.020
  • Colgan, W, H Rajaram, RS Anderson, K Steffen, HJ Zwally, T Phillips and W Abdalati (2012), The annual glaciohydrology cycle in the ablation zone of the Greenland ice sheet: Part 2. Observed and modeled ice flow. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 58 (207) 51-64, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 898QV, doi: 10.3189/2012JoG11J081
  • Muto, A, TA Scambos, K Steffen, AG Slater and GD Clow (2011), Recent surface temperature trends in the interior of East Antarctica from borehole firn temperature measurements and geophysical inverse methods. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 38 , Art. No. L15502, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 807PF, doi: 10.1029/2011GL048086
  • Steen-Larsen, HC, V Masson-Delmotte, J Sjolte, SJ Johnsen, BM Vinther, FM Breon, HB Clausen, D Dahl-Jensen, S Falourd, X Fettweis, H Gallee, J Jouzel, M Kageyama, H Lerche, B Minster, G Picard, HJ Punge, C Risi, D Salas, J Schwander, K Steffen, AE Sveinbjornsdottir, A Svensson and J White (2011), Understanding the climatic signal in the water stable isotope records from the NEEM shallow firn/ice cores in northwest Greenland. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 116 , Art. No. D06108, issn: 2169-897X, ids: 741LO, doi: 10.1029/2010JD014311
  • Phillips, T, S Leyk, H Rajaram, W Colgan, W Abdalati, D McGrath and K Steffen (2011), Modeling moulin distribution on Sermeq Avannarleq glacier using ASTER and WorldView imagery and fuzzy set theory. Remote Sens. Environ. Version: 1 115 (9) 2292-2301, issn: 0034-4257, ids: 788ZZ, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2011.04.029
  • Colgan, W, H Rajaram, R Anderson, K Steffen, T Phillips, I Joughin, HJ Zwally and W Abdalati (2011), The annual glaciohydrology cycle in the ablation zone of the Greenland ice sheet: Part 1. Hydrology model. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 57 (204) 697-709, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 822BT, doi: 10.3189/002214311797409668
  • McGrath, D, W Colgan, K Steffen, P Lauffenburger and J Balog (2011), Assessing the summer water budget of a moulin basin in the Sermeq Avannarleq ablation region, Greenland ice sheet. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 57 (205) 954-964, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 836NP
  • Hanna, E, P Huybrechts, J Cappelen, K Steffen, RC Bales, E Burgess, JR McConnell, JP Steffensen, M Van den Broeke, L Wake, G Bigg, M Griffiths and D Savas (2011), Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance 1870 to 2010 based on Twentieth Century Reanalysis, and links with global climate forcing. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 116 , Art. No. D24121, issn: 2169-897X, ids: 871OH, doi: 10.1029/2011JD016387
  • Colgan, W, K Steffen, WS McLamb, W Abdalati, H Rajaram, R Motyka, T Phillips and R Anderson (2011), An increase in crevasse extent, West Greenland: Hydrologic implications. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 38 , Art. No. L18502, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 823PQ, doi: 10.1029/2011GL048491
  • Fausto, RS, AP Ahlstrom, D Van As and K Steffen (2011), Present-day temperature standard deviation parameterization for Greenland. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 57 (206) 1181-1183, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 864GC
  • Mernild, SH, GE Liston, K Steffen, M van den Broeke and B Hasholt (2010), Runoff and mass-balance simulations from the Greenland Ice Sheet at Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord) in a 30-year perspective, 1979-2008. Cryosphere Version: 1 4 (2) 231-242, issn: 1994-0416, ids: 618XR, doi: 10.5194/tc-4-231-2010
  • Mernild, SH, IM Howat, Y Ahn, GE Liston, K Steffen, BH Jakobsen, B Hasholt, B Fog and D van As (2010), Freshwater flux to Sermilik Fjord, SE Greenland. Cryosphere Version: 1 4 (4) 453-465, issn: 1994-0416, ids: 698FK, doi: 10.5194/tc-4-453-2010
  • Ettema, J, MR van den Broeke, E van Meijgaard, WJ van de Berg, JE Box and K Steffen (2010), Climate of the Greenland ice sheet using a high-resolution climate model - Part 1: Evaluation. Cryosphere Version: 1 4 (4) 511-527, issn: 1994-0416, ids: 698FK, doi: 10.5194/tc-4-511-2010
  • McGrath, D, K Steffen, I Overeem, SH Mernild, B Hasholt and M van den Broeke (2010), Sediment plumes as a proxy for local ice-sheet runoff in Kangerlussuaq Fjord, West Greenland. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 56 (199) 813-821, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 709AL, doi: 10.3189/002214310794457227
  • Phillips, T, H Rajaram and K Steffen (2010), Cryo-hydrologic warming: A potential mechanism for rapid thermal response of ice sheets. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 37 , Art. No. L20503, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 704YK, doi: 10.1029/2010GL044397
  • Mernild, SH, GE Liston, K Steffen and P Chylek (2010), Meltwater flux and runoff modeling in the ablation area of Jakobshavn Isbrae, West Greenland. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 56 (195) 20-32, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 642YK
  • Munneke, PK, MR van den Broeke, CH Reijmer, MM Helsen, W Boot, M Schneebeli and K Steffen (2009), The role of radiation penetration in the energy budget of the snowpack at Summit, Greenland. Cryosphere Version: 1 3 (2) 155-165, issn: 1994-0416, ids: 576QS
  • Doherty, SJ, S Bojinski, A Henderson-Sellers, K Noone, D Goodrich, NL Bindoff, JA Church, KA Hibbard, TR Karl, L Kajefez-Bogataj, AH Lynch, DE Parker, IC Prentice, V Ramaswamy, RW Saunders, MS Smith, K Steffen, TF Stocker, PW Thorne, KE Trenberth, MM Verstraete and FW Zwiers (2009), LESSONS LEARNED FROM IPCC AR4 Scientific Developments Needed To Understand, Predict, And Respond To Climate Change. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. Version: 1 90 (4) 497-513, issn: 0003-0007, ids: 445FI, doi: 10.1175/2008BAMS2643.1
  • Rial, JA, C Tang and K Steffen (2009), Glacial rumblings from Jakobshavn ice stream, Greenland. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 55 (191) 389-399, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 483CP
  • Mernild, SH, GE Liston, CA Hiemstra, K Steffen, E Hanna and JH Christensen (2009), Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass-balance modelling and freshwater flux for 2007, and in a 1995-2007 perspective. Hydrol. Process. Version: 1 23 (17) 2470-2484, issn: 0885-6087, ids: 485EG, doi: 10.1002/hyp.7354
  • Fausto, RS, AP Ahlstrom, D van As, SJ Johnsen, PL Langen and K Steffen (2009), Improving surface boundary conditions with focus on coupling snow densification and meltwater retention in large-scale ice-sheet models of Greenland. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 55 (193) 869-878, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 544RH
  • Mernild, SH, GE Liston, CA Hiemstra and K Steffen (2008), Surface Melt Area and Water Balance Modeling on the Greenland Ice Sheet 1995-2005. J. Hydrometeorol. Version: 1 9 (6) 1191-1211, issn: 1525-755X, ids: 386DD, doi: 10.1175/2008JHM957.1
  • Hanna, E, P Huybrechts, K Steffen, J Cappelen, R Huff, C Shuman, T Irvine-Fynn, S Wise and M Griffiths (2008), Increased runoff from melt from the Greenland Ice Sheet: A response to global warming. J. Clim. Version: 1 21 (2) 331-341, issn: 0894-8755, ids: 256CF, doi: 10.1175/2007JCLI1964.1
  • Rignot, E and K Steffen (2008), Channelized bottom melting and stability of floating ice shelves. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 35 (2) , Art. No. L02503, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 254DR, doi: 10.1029/2007GL031765
  • Hall, DK, JE Box, KA Casey, SJ Hook, CA Shuman and K Steffen (2008), Comparison of satellite-derived and in-situ observations of ice and snow surface temperatures over Greenland. Remote Sens. Environ. Version: 1 112 (10) 3739-3749, issn: 0034-4257, ids: 356SO, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2008.05.007
  • Wang, L, M Sharp, B Rivard and K Steffen (2007), Melt season duration and ice layer formation on the Greenland ice sheet, 2000-2004. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 112 (F4) , Art. No. F04013, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 244QE, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000760
  • Alfieri, JG, PD Blanken, DN Yates and K Steffen (2007), Variability in the environmental factors driving evapotranspiration from a grazed rangeland during severe drought conditions. J. Hydrometeorol. Version: 1 8 (2) 207-220, issn: 1525-755X, ids: 162BK, doi: 10.1175/JHM569.1
  • Cullen, NJ, K Steffen and PD Blanken (2007), Nonstationarity of turbulent heat fluxes at Summit, Greenland. Bound.-Layer Meteorol. Version: 1 122 (2) 439-455, issn: Jun-14, ids: 131WX, doi: 10.1007/s10546-006-9112-2
  • Nghiem, S. V., K. Steffen, G. Neumann and R. Huff (2007), Snow accumulation and snowmelt monitoring in Greenland and Antarctica. Version: 1 DYNAMIC PLANET: MONITORING AND UNDERSTANDING A DYNAMIC PLANET WITH GEODETIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC TOOLS IAG Symposium on Dynamic PlanetIAG Symposium on Dynamic Planet 130 31-+, Cairns, AUSTRALIACairns, AUSTRALIA, AUG 22-26, 2005AUG 22-26, 2005, Ed. Tregoning, P; Rizos, C, issn: 0939-9585, isbn: 978-3-540-49349-5
  • Box, JE, DH Bromwich, BA Veenhuis, LS Bai, JC Stroeve, JC Rogers, K Steffen, T Haran and SH Wang (2006), Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance variability (1988-2004) from calibrated polar MM5 output. J. Clim. Version: 1 19 (12) 2783-2800, issn: 0894-8755, ids: 057ZT, doi: 10.1175/JCLI3738.1
  • Cullen, NJ, T Molg, G Kaser, K Hussein, K Steffen and DR Hardy (2006), Kilimanjaro Glaciers: Recent areal extent from satellite data and new interpretation of observed 20th century retreat rates. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 33 (16) , Art. No. L16502, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 081QD, doi: 10.1029/2006GL027084
  • Orr, A, E Hanna, JCR Hunt, J Cappelen, K Steffen and AG Stephens (2005), Characteristics of stable flows over Southern Greenland. Pure Appl. Geophys. Version: 1 162 (10) 1747-1778, issn: 0033-4553, ids: 948LW, doi: 10.1007/s00024-005-2691-x
  • Hanna, E, P Huybrechts, I Janssens, J Cappelen, K Steffen and A Stephens (2005), Runoff and mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet: 1958-2003. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 110 (D13) , Art. No. D13108, issn: 2169-897X, ids: 950CQ, doi: 10.1029/2004JD005641
  • Nghiem, SV, K Steffen, G Neumann and R Huff (2005), Mapping of ice layer extent and snow accumulation in the percolation zone of the Greenland ice sheet. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 110 (F2) , Art. No. F02017, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 940UH, doi: 10.1029/2004JF000234
  • Steffen, K, SV Nghiem, R Huff and G Neumann (2004), The melt anomaly of 2002 on the Greenland Ice Sheet from active and passive microwave satellite observations. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 31 (20) , Art. No. L20402, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 867XJ, doi: 10.1029/2004GL020444
  • Thomas, RH, W Abdalati, E Frederick, WB Krabill, S Manizade and K Steffen (2003), Investigation of surface melting and dynamic thinning on Jakobshavn Isbrae, Greenland. J. Glaciol. Version: 1 49 (165) 231-239, issn: 0022-1430, ids: 771DW, doi: 10.3189/172756503781830764
  • Smith, LC, YW Sheng, RR Forster, K Steffen, KE Frey and DE Alsdorf (2003), Melting of small Arctic ice caps observed from ERS scatterometer time series. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 30 (20) , Art. No. 2034, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 736XE, doi: 10.1029/2003GL017641
  • Dassau, TM, AL Sumner, SL Koeniger, PB Shepson, J Yang, RE Honrath, NJ Cullen, K Steffen, HW Jacobi, M Frey and RC Bales (2002), Investigation of the role of the snowpack on atmospheric formaldehyde chemistry at Summit, Greenland. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 107 (D19) , Art. No. 4394, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 635YT, doi: 10.1029/2002JD002182
  • Helmig, D, J Boulter, D David, JW Birks, NJ Cullen, K Steffen, BJ Johnson and SJ Oltmans (2002), Ozone and meteorological Summit, Greenland, boundary-layer conditions at during 3-21 June 2000. Atmos. Environ. Version: 1 36 (15-16) 2595-2608, Art. No. PII S1352-2310(02)00129-2, issn: 1352-2310, ids: 569QU, doi: 10.1016/S1352-2310(02)00129-2
  • Jacobi, HW, MM Frey, MA Hutterli, RC Bales, O Schrems, NJ Cullen, K Steffen and C Koehler (2002), Measurements of hydrogen peroxide and formaldehyde exchange between the atmosphere and surface snow at Summit, Greenland. Atmos. Environ. Version: 1 36 (15-16) 2619-2628, Art. No. PII S1352-2310(02)00106-1, issn: 1352-2310, ids: 569QU, doi: 10.1016/S1352-2310(02)00106-1
  • Honrath, RE, Y Lu, MC Peterson, JE Dibb, MA Arsenault, NJ Cullen and K Steffen (2002), Vertical fluxes of NOx, HONO, and HNO3 above the snowpack at Summit, Greenland. Atmos. Environ. Version: 1 36 (15-16) 2629-2640, Art. No. PII S1352-2310(02)00132-2, issn: 1352-2310, ids: 569QU, doi: 10.1016/S1352-2310(02)00132-2
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