Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Data description paper
01 Mar 2022
Data description paper |  | 01 Mar 2022

The Greenland Firn Compaction Verification and Reconnaissance (FirnCover) dataset, 2013–2019

Michael J. MacFerrin, C. Max Stevens, Baptiste Vandecrux, Edwin D. Waddington, and Waleed Abdalati

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The vast majority of the Greenland ice sheet's surface is covered by pluriannual snow, also called firn, that accumulates year after year and is compressed into glacial ice. The thickness of the firn layer changes through time and responds to the surface climate. We present continuous measurement of the firn compaction at various depths for eight sites. The dataset will help to evaluate firn models, interpret ice cores, and convert remotely sensed ice sheet surface height change to mass loss.
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