Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 9, 2311–2321, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2311-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 2311–2321, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2311-2015

Research article 07 Dec 2015

Research article | 07 Dec 2015

Evaluation of the CMIP5 models in the aim of regional modelling of the Antarctic surface mass balance

C. Agosta et al.

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Estimates of the Antarctic surface mass balance with regional climate models (RCMs) require proper fields for forcing; hence we evaluate 41 CMIP5 climate models over Antarctica and include six reanalyses. Most of the models are biased compared to ERA-Interim, ACCESS1-3 being the best choice for forcing RCMs. Climate change is less sensitive to global warming than it is to the present-day simulated sea ice and to the feedback between sea-ice decrease and temperature increase around Antarctica.