Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 14, 1225–1244, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1225–1244, 2020

Research article 14 Apr 2020

Research article | 14 Apr 2020

Multi-physics ensemble snow modelling in the western Himalaya

David M. W. Pritchard et al.

Data sets

The High Asia Refined analysis (HAR) KLIMATOLOGIE TU-Berlin

MODIS MCD43A3 Version 6 Albedo Model dataset USGS

MOD11A1 Version 6 product USGS

MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Daily L3 Global 500m SIN Grid, Version 6 NSIDC

Climate data from the Concordia site EvK2CNR

Model code and software

FSM model code R. Essery

Extended FSM version R. Essery

Short summary
This study compares different snowpack model configurations applied in the western Himalaya. The results show how even sparse local observations can help to delineate climate input errors from model structure errors, which provides insights into model performance variation. The results also show how interactions between processes affect sensitivities to climate variability in different model configurations, with implications for model selection in climate change projections.