Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Research article
20 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 20 Sep 2016

How much cryosphere model complexity is just right? Exploration using the conceptual cryosphere hydrology framework

Thomas M. Mosier, David F. Hill, and Kendra V. Sharp


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (02 Aug 2016)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Aug 2016) by Valentina Radic
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (19 Aug 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (22 Aug 2016) by Valentina Radic
AR by Thomas Mosier on behalf of the Authors (25 Aug 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Aug 2016) by Valentina Radic
Short summary
Our paper presents the Conceptual Cryosphere Hydrology Framework (CCHF), a tool to enable more rapid development and intercomparison of cryosphere process representations. Using the CCHF, we demonstrate that some common existing degree index cryosphere models are not well suited for assessing impacts across climates, even though these models appear to perform well under a common evaluation strategy. We show that more robust models can be formulated without increasing data input requirements.