Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
The Cryosphere, 13, 3317–3335, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 3317–3335, 2019

Research article 11 Dec 2019

Research article | 11 Dec 2019

Initialization of a global glacier model based on present-day glacier geometry and past climate information: an ensemble approach

Julia Eis et al.

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To provide estimates of past glacier mass changes, an adequate initial state is required. However, information about past glacier states at regional or global scales is largely incomplete. Our study presents a new way to initialize the Open Global Glacier Model from past climate information and present-day geometries. We show that even with perfectly known but incomplete boundary conditions, the problem of model initialization leads to nonunique solutions, and we propose an ensemble approach.