Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Research article
03 Jul 2017
Research article |  | 03 Jul 2017

SEMIC: an efficient surface energy and mass balance model applied to the Greenland ice sheet

Mario Krapp, Alexander Robinson, and Andrey Ganopolski

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We present the snowpack model SEMIC. It calculates snow height, surface temperature, surface albedo, and the surface mass balance of snow- and ice-covered surfaces while using meteorological data as input. In this paper we describe how SEMIC works and how well it compares with snowpack data of a more sophisticated regional climate model applied to the Greenland ice sheet. Because of its simplicity and efficiency, SEMIC can be used as a coupling interface between atmospheric and ice sheet models.