05 Jan 2022

05 Jan 2022

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

A decade of glaciological and meteorological observations in the Arctic (Werenskioldbreen, Svalbard)

Dariusz Sebastian Ignatiuk1, Małgorzata Błaszczyk1, Tomasz Budzik1, Mariusz Grabiec1, Jacek Adam Jania1, Marta Kondracka1, Michał Laska1, Łukasz Małarzewski1, and Łukasz Stachnik2 Dariusz Sebastian Ignatiuk et al.
  • 1University of Silesia in Katowice, Katowice, 40-007, Poland
  • 2University of Wrocław, Wrocław, 50-137, Poland

Abstract. The warming of the Arctic climate is well documented, but the mechanisms of Arctic amplification are still not fully understood. Thus, monitoring of glaciological and meteorological variables and the environmental response to accelerated climate warming must be continued and developed in Svalbard. Long-term meteorological observations carried out in situ on glaciers in conjunction with glaciological monitoring are rare in the Arctic and significantly expand our knowledge about processes in the polar environment. This study presents the unique glaciological and meteorological data collected in 2009–2020 in southern Spitsbergen (Werenskioldbreen). The meteorological data are comprised of air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, shortwave and longwave upwelling and downwelling radiation on 10 minutes, hourly and daily timescale (2009–2020). The snow dataset includes 49 sampling points from 2009–2019 with the snow depth, snow bulk density and SWE data. The glaciological data consist of point and surface annual winter, summer and net balance for 2009–2020. The paper also includes modelling of the daily glacier surface ablation (2009–2020) based on the presented data. The high-quality and long-term datasets are expected to serve as accurate forcing data in hydrological and glaciological models and validation of remote sensing products. The datasets are available from the and Polish Polar Database ( and Zenodo (, Ignatiuk, 2021a;, Ignatiuk, 2021b).

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Data sets

Glaciological data (point mass balance, SWE, snow depth, bulk snow density, modelled runoff) from Werenskioldbreen (Svabard) 2009-2020 Dariusz Igantiuk

Model code and software

Meteorological data from the Werenskioldbreen (Svalbard) 2009-2020 Dariusz Ignatiuk

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This paper has presented details of the glaciological and meteorological dataset (2009–2020) from the Werenskioldbreen (Svalbard). These high-quality and long-term observation data have been already used to assess the hydrological models and glaciological studies. The objective of releasing these data is to improve the usage of this data to calibration and validation of the remote sensing products, models as well as to increase data reuse.