EGU21-8225, updated on 20 Feb 2024
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Greenland melting signatures in model simulations and oceanic observations

Sophie Stolzenberger1, Roelof Rietbroek2, Claudia Wekerle3, Bernd Uebbing1, and Jürgen Kusche1
Sophie Stolzenberger et al.
  • 1University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany (
  • 2University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • 3Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany

The impact of Greenland freshwater on oceanic variables in the North Atlantic has been controversially discussed in the past. Within the framework of the German research project GROCE (Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Interaction), we present a comprehensive study using ocean modelling results including and excluding the Greenland freshwater flux. The aim of this study is whether signatures of Greenland ice sheet melting found in ocean model simulations are visible in the observations. Therefore, we estimate changes in temperature, salinity, steric heights and sea level anomalies since the 1990s. The observational database includes altimetric and gravimetric satellite data as well as Argo floats. We will discuss similarities/differences between model simulations and observations for smaller regions around Greenland in the North Atlantic. As these experiments are available for two different horizontal resolutions, we will furthermore be able to assess the effects of an increased model resolution.

How to cite: Stolzenberger, S., Rietbroek, R., Wekerle, C., Uebbing, B., and Kusche, J.: Greenland melting signatures in model simulations and oceanic observations, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-8225,, 2021.

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