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Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 2147–2171, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2147-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 10, 2147–2171, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2147-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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 et al.

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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.
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