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Volume 9, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 9, 1831-1844, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1831-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 9, 1831-1844, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1831-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 18 Sep 2015

Research article | 18 Sep 2015

Evaluation of the updated regional climate model RACMO2.3: summer snowfall impact on the Greenland Ice Sheet

B. Noël et al.
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We compare Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance (SMB) from the updated polar version of the regional climate model RACMO2.3 and the previous version 2.1. RACMO2.3 has an adjusted rainfall-to-snowfall conversion favouring summer snowfall over rainfall. Enhanced summer snowfall reduce melt rates in the ablation zone by covering dark ice with highly reflective fresh snow. This improves the modelled SMB-elevation gradient and surface energy balance compared to observations in west Greenland.
We compare Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance (SMB) from the updated polar version of the...
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