Articles | Volume 23, issue 4
Research article
23 Feb 2023
Research article |  | 23 Feb 2023

Satellite remote sensing of regional and seasonal Arctic cooling showing a multi-decadal trend towards brighter and more liquid clouds

Luca Lelli, Marco Vountas, Narges Khosravi, and John Philipp Burrows

Data sets

Pan-Arctic spectral reflectances at the top-of-atmosphere between 1996 and 2018 Luca Lelli, Marco Vountas, Narges Khosravi, and John Philip Burrows

GOME-2 Level 1B Fundamental Data Record Release 3 - Metop-A and -B EUMETSAT

ESA Cloud Climate Change Initiative (ESA Cloud\_cci) data: Cloud\_cci AVHRR-PM L3C/L3U CLD\_PRODUCTS v3.0 Martin Stengel, Oliver Sus, Stefan Stapelberg, Stephan Finkensieper, Benjamin W\"urzler, Daniel Philipp, Rainer Hollmann, and Caroline Poulsen,

Spectral albedo of sea ice and melt ponds measured during POLARSTERN cruise ARK-XXVII/3 (IceArc) in 2012 L. Istomina, M. Nicolaus, and D. K. Perovich

Model code and software

CDO User Guide Uwe Schulzweida

The Generic Mapping Tools Version 6 ( P. Wessel, J. F. Luis, L. Uieda, R. Scharroo, F. Wobbe, W. H. F. Smith, and D. Tian

Short summary
Arctic amplification describes the recent period in which temperatures have been rising twice as fast as or more than the global average and sea ice and the Greenland ice shelf are approaching a tipping point. Hence, the Arctic ability to reflect solar energy decreases and absorption by the surface increases. Using 2 decades of complementary satellite data, we discover that clouds unexpectedly increase the pan-Arctic reflectance by increasing their liquid water content, thus cooling the Arctic.
Final-revised paper