Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 14, 673–691, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 673–691, 2020

Research article 17 Feb 2020

Research article | 17 Feb 2020

Parameter sensitivity analysis of dynamic ice sheet models – numerical computations

Gong Cheng and Per Lötstedt

Model code and software

Numerical experiments for FS adjoint G. Cheng

Numerical experiments for SSA adjoint G. Cheng

Short summary
We present a time-dependent inverse method for ice sheet modeling. By investigating the sensitivity of the observations of the velocity and the height at the surface to the basal conditions of the ice, we show that if the basal parameters are time dependent, then time cannot be ignored in the inversion. By looking at the numerical features, we conclude that adding the height information of an ice sheet in the velocity inversion procedure could improve the robustness of the inference.