Sensitivity of Greenland ice sheet simulation to the numerical procedure employed for ice-sheet dynamics
Authors: Saito, Fuyuki; Abe-Ouchi, Ayako
Source: Annals of Glaciology, Volume 42, Number 1, August 2005 , pp. 331-336(6)
Publisher: International Glaciological Society
Abstract:The response of the Greenland ice sheet to global warming is simulated by two different numerical approaches, in order to evaluate the sensitivity of the analysis to the numerical structure employed. It is found that the thickness near the margin differs appreciably in these two simulations under identical conditions of modest warming, primarily due to a significant increase in the warming effect by an elevation–ablation feedback mechanism in one of the simulations. The change in ice-sheet volume differs by as much as a factor of two under strong climate-change forcing, demonstrating the need for care in interpreting the results of such climate-change analysis.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2005
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