Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 1965–1989, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1965–1989, 2016

Research article 07 Sep 2016

Research article | 07 Sep 2016

Application of GRACE to the assessment of model-based estimates of monthly Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance (2003–2012)

Nicole-Jeanne Schlegel et al.

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We investigate Greenland Ice Sheet mass change from 2003–2012 by comparing observations from GRACE with state-of-the-art atmospheric and ice sheet model simulations. We find that the largest discrepancies (in the northwest and southeast) are likely controlled by errors in modeled surface climate as well as ice–ocean interaction and hydrological processes (not included in the models). Models should consider such processes at monthly to seasonal resolutions in order to improve future projections.