28 Jan 2021

28 Jan 2021

Review status: a revised version of this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

The AntSMB dataset: a comprehensive compilation of surface mass balance field observations over the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Yetang Wang1, Minghu Ding2, Carleen H. Reijmer3, Paul C. J. P. Smeets3, Shugui Hou4, and Cunde Xiao5 Yetang Wang et al.
  • 1College of Geography and Environment, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China
  • 2Institute of Tibetan Plateau and Polar Meteorology, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
  • 3Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 4School of Oceanography, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
  • 5State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China

Abstract. A comprehensive compilation of observed records is needed for accurate quantification of surface mass balance (SMB) over Antarctica, which is a key challenge for calculation of Antarctic contribution to global sea level change. Here, we present the AntSMB dataset: a new quality-controlled dataset of a variety of published field measurements of the Antarctic Ice Sheet SMB by means of stakes, snow pits, ice cores, ultrasonic sounders and ground-penetrating radars. The dataset collects 268 913 individual multi-year averaged observations, 687 annual resolved time series from 675 sites extending back the past 1000 years, and 78 968 records at daily resolution from 32 sites across the whole ice sheet. These records are derived from ice core, snow pits, stakes/stake farms, ultrasonic sounders and ground-penetrating radar measurements. This is the first ice-sheet-scale compilation of SMB records at different temporal (daily, annual and multi-year) resolutions from multiple types of measurements, which is available at: (Wang et al., 2021). The database has potentially wide applications such as the investigation of temporal and spatial variability in SMB, model validation, assessment of remote sensing retrievals and data assimilation.

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Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on essd-2021-22', Anonymous Referee #1, 20 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Yetang Wang, 17 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2021-22', Cécile Agosta, 09 Mar 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Yetang Wang, 17 Apr 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Yetang Wang, 17 Apr 2021

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comprehensive dataset of surface mass balance field observations over the Antarctic Ice Sheet version 1.0 Y. Wang, M. Ding, C. Reijmer, P. Smeets, S. Hou, and C. Xiao

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