glaciers & ice sheets

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glaciers & ice sheets

Postby subin » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:24 pm

I'm doing an Arctic winter run and noticed some peculiarities over Greenland.

I was wondering how WRF keeps track of ice sheet thickness -- is it just the "SNOWH" variable, and if so, are ice and snow lumped together? The units of SNOWH are meters, but is that physical depth or liquid water content? If the former, why am I getting a SNOWH of several hundred meters over Northern Greenland-- I thought the Greenland ice sheet was several kilometers.

Thanks--
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Re: glaciers & ice sheets

Postby wrfhelp » Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:38 pm

WRF does not track ice sheet thickness. It only keeps the same seaice as it is in the
initial field. This is field called XICE.

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Re: glaciers & ice sheets

Postby cioran » Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:46 pm

ello!

I would be very intrested in the answer of subin about:

>> The units of SNOWH are meters, but is that physical depth or liquid water content?

Thank you very much!
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Re: glaciers & ice sheets

Postby wrfhelp » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:03 pm

SNOWH is the physical snow depth in meters.
Information can be found by looking the physics modules.

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