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Volume 9, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 9, 217–228, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 9, 217–228, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 06 Feb 2015

Research article | 06 Feb 2015

Enthalpy benchmark experiments for numerical ice sheet models

T. Kleiner et al.
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Short summary
We present benchmark experiments and analytical solutions to test the implementation of enthalpy and the corresponding boundary conditions in numerical ice sheet models. The results of the applied models agree well with the analytical solutions if the change in conductivity between cold and temperate ice is properly considered in the model.
We present benchmark experiments and analytical solutions to test the implementation of enthalpy...