Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 1065–1085, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1065-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 1065–1085, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1065-2021

Research article 01 Mar 2021

Research article | 01 Mar 2021

Physics-based SNOWPACK model improves representation of near-surface Antarctic snow and firn density

Eric Keenan et al.

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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (23 Nov 2020) by Xavier Fettweis
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RR by Charles Amory (14 Jan 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (19 Jan 2021) by Xavier Fettweis
AR by Eric Keenan on behalf of the Authors (23 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (25 Jan 2021) by Xavier Fettweis
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Snow density is required to convert observed changes in ice sheet volume into mass, which ultimately drives ice sheet contribution to sea level rise. However, snow properties respond dynamically to wind-driven redistribution. Here we include a new wind-driven snow density scheme into an existing snow model. Our results demonstrate an improved representation of snow density when compared to observations and can therefore be used to improve retrievals of ice sheet mass balance.