Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 307–312, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 307–312, 2016

Research article 05 Feb 2016

Research article | 05 Feb 2016

Brief communication: Impact of mesh resolution for MISMIP and MISMIP3d experiments using Elmer/Ice

O. Gagliardini et al.

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In this paper it is shown that the sensitivity to the mesh resolution is not improved for a vanishing friction at the grounding line (GL). For a discontinuous friction at the GL, we further show that the results are moreover very sensitive to the way the friction is interpolated in the close vicinity of the GL. In the light of these new insights, new results for the MISMIP3d experiments obtained for higher resolutions than previously published are made available for future comparisons.