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TC | Volume 13, issue 7
The Cryosphere, 13, 1819-1842, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1819-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 13, 1819-1842, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1819-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 09 Jul 2019

Research article | 09 Jul 2019

Development of physically based liquid water schemes for Greenland firn-densification models

Vincent Verjans et al.
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 May 2019) by Nanna Bjørnholt Karlsson
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ED: Publish as is (04 Jun 2019) by Nanna Bjørnholt Karlsson
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Firn models rely on empirical approaches for representing the percolation and refreezing of meltwater through the firn column. We develop liquid water schemes of different levels of complexity for firn models and compare their performances with respect to observations of density profiles from Greenland. Our results demonstrate that physically advanced water schemes do not lead to better agreement with density observations. Uncertainties in other processes contribute more to model discrepancy.
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