Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 13, 2133–2148, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2133–2148, 2019
Research article
15 Aug 2019
Research article | 15 Aug 2019

Eemian Greenland ice sheet simulated with a higher-order model shows strong sensitivity to surface mass balance forcing

Andreas Plach et al.

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Meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) rises sea level and knowing how the GrIS behaved in the past will help to become better in predicting its future. Here, the evolution of the past GrIS is shown to be dominated by how much ice melts (a result of the prevailing climate) rather than how ice flow is represented in the simulations. Therefore, it is very important to know past climates accurately, in order to be able to simulate the evolution of the GrIS and its contribution to sea level.