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Volume 11, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 11, 949–970, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-949-2017
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The Cryosphere, 11, 949–970, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-949-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 18 Apr 2017

Research article | 18 Apr 2017

How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment

Daniel Farinotti et al.

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ITMIX – the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment – was the first coordinated performance assessment for models inferring glacier ice thickness from surface characteristics. Considering 17 different models and 21 different test cases, we show that although solutions of individual models can differ considerably, an ensemble average can yield uncertainties in the order of 10 ± 24 % the mean ice thickness. Ways forward for improving such estimates are sketched.
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