EGU23-9904, updated on 07 Aug 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
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Response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to temperature overshoot scenarios

Michele Petrini, Heiko Goelzer, Petra Langebroek, Charlotte Rahlves, and Jörg Schwinger
Michele Petrini et al.
  • NORCE Climate & Environment, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway

As there is no evidence for the implementation of sufficiently ambitious global CO2 emission reductions, it is very unlikely that we will be able to keep the global mean warming at the end of the century below the 1.5 C limit set in the Paris Agreement. However, the development of CO2 removal techniques could potentially allow us to reach the 1.5 C target after a period of temperature overshoot, by offsetting past and current high levels of emissions with net-negative emissions in the future. To assess the effectiveness and the risks associated to such mitigation options, we need to better understand the impact of temperature overshoot scenarios on various components of the Earth System.  

Here, we focus on the Greenland Ice Sheet. We force an ice-sheet model (CISM2) with Surface Mass Balance (SMB) from an ensemble of 400 years-long idealized overshoot simulations, carried out with the Norwegian Earth System Model NorESM2. The SMB, which is calculated in NorESM2 using an energy balance scheme at multiple elevation classes, is downscaled during runtime to the ice-sheet model grid, thus allowing to account explicitly for the SMB-height feedback. In this presentation, we will assess the sea-level contribution of the Greenland Ice Sheet for overshoot pathways, compared to reference pathways without overshoot. Moreover, we will assess the impact of individual processes, such as the SMB-height feedback and the ocean-driven mass loss at marine-terminating margins, on the sea-level contribution of the Greenland Ice Sheet.  

How to cite: Petrini, M., Goelzer, H., Langebroek, P., Rahlves, C., and Schwinger, J.: Response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to temperature overshoot scenarios , EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 23–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-9904,, 2023.