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Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 1089–1104, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1089-2016
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The Cryosphere, 10, 1089–1104, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1089-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Research article 25 May 2016

Research article | 25 May 2016

The climatic mass balance of Svalbard glaciers: a 10-year simulation with a coupled atmosphere–glacier mass balance model

Kjetil S. Aas et al.
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A high-resolution, coupled atmosphere--climatic mass balance (CMB) model is applied to Svalbard for the period 2003 to 2013. The mean CMB during this period is negative but displays large spatial and temporal variations. Comparison with observations on different scales shows a good overall model performance except for one particular glacier, where wind strongly affects the spatial patterns of CMB. The model also shows considerable sensitivity to model resolution, especially on local scales.
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