Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 15, 4315–4333, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4315–4333, 2021

Research article 08 Sep 2021

Research article | 08 Sep 2021

Downscaled surface mass balance in Antarctica: impacts of subsurface processes and large-scale atmospheric circulation

Nicolaj Hansen et al.

Model code and software

SEB_Firn_model: GEUS surface energy balance and firn model v0.3 B. Vandecrux

Short summary
We have used computer models to estimate the Antarctic surface mass balance (SMB) from 1980 to 2017. Our estimates lies between 2473.5 ± 114.4 Gt per year and 2564.8 ± 113.7 Gt per year. To evaluate our models, we compared the modelled snow temperatures and densities to in situ measurements. We also investigated the spatial distribution of the SMB. It is very important to have estimates of the Antarctic SMB because then it is easier to understand global sea level changes.