Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 15, 2917–2938, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2917-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 2917–2938, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2917-2021

Research article 28 Jun 2021

Research article | 28 Jun 2021

Sensitivity of the Greenland surface mass and energy balance to uncertainties in key model parameters

Tobias Zolles and Andreas Born

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We investigate the sensitivity of a glacier surface mass and the energy balance model of the Greenland ice sheet for the cold period of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and the present-day climate. The results show that the model sensitivity changes with climate. While for present-day simulations inclusions of sublimation and hoar formation are of minor importance, they cannot be neglected during the LGM. To simulate the surface mass balance over long timescales, a water vapor scheme is necessary.