Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 12, 3499–3509, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3499-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3499–3509, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3499-2018

Research article 09 Nov 2018

Research article | 09 Nov 2018

On the suitability of the Thorpe–Mason model for calculating sublimation of saltating snow

Varun Sharma et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (01 Oct 2018) by Florent Dominé
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ED: Publish as is (12 Oct 2018) by Florent Dominé
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Short summary
The Thorpe-Mason (TM) model describes how an ice grain sublimates during aeolian transport. We revisit this classic model using simple numerical experiments and discover that for many common scenarios, the model is likely to underestimate the amount of ice loss. Extending this result to drifting and blowing snow using high-resolution turbulent flow simulations, the study shows that current estimates for ice loss due to sublimation in regions such as Antarctica need to be significantly updated.