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Comparison of Aeolian Snow Transport Events and Snow Mass Fluxes Between Observations and Simulations Made by the Regional Climate Model Mar in Adélie Land, East Antarctica : Volume 8, Issue 6 (05/12/2014)

By Trouvilliez, A.

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Title: Comparison of Aeolian Snow Transport Events and Snow Mass Fluxes Between Observations and Simulations Made by the Regional Climate Model Mar in Adélie Land, East Antarctica : Volume 8, Issue 6 (05/12/2014)  
Author: Trouvilliez, A.
Volume: Vol. 8, Issue 6
Language: English
Subject: Science, Cryosphere, Discussions
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Naaim-Bouvet, F., Gallée, H., Genthon, C., Favier, V., Amory, C., Trouvilliez, A.,...Piard, L. (2014). Comparison of Aeolian Snow Transport Events and Snow Mass Fluxes Between Observations and Simulations Made by the Regional Climate Model Mar in Adélie Land, East Antarctica : Volume 8, Issue 6 (05/12/2014). Retrieved from

Description: CNRS, LGGE, UMR5183, 38401 Grenoble, France. The regional climate model MAR including a coupled snow pack/aeolian snow transport parameterisation is compared with aeolian snow mass fluxes at a fine spatial resolution (5 km horizontally and 2 m vertically) and at a fine temporal resolution (30 min) over 1 month in Antarctica. Numerous feedbacks are taken into account in the MAR including the drag partitioning caused by the roughness elements. Wind speed is correctly simulated with a positive value of the Nash test (0.60 and 0.37) but the wind speeds above 10 m s−1 are underestimated. The aeolian snow transport events are correctly reproduced with a good temporal resolution except for the aeolian snow transport events with a particles' maximum height below 1 m. The simulated threshold friction velocity, calculated without snowfall, is overestimated. The simulated aeolian snow mass fluxes between 0 to 2 m have the same variations but are underestimated compared to the second-generation FlowCapt values and so is the simulated relative humidity at 2 m. This underestimation is not entirely due to the underestimation of the simulated wind speed. The MAR underestimates the aeolian snow quantity that pass through the first two meters by a factor ten compared to the second-generation FlowCapt value (13 990 kg m−1 and 151 509 kg m−1 respectively). It will conduct the MAR, with this parametrisation, to underestimate the effect of the aeolian snow transport on the Antarctic surface mass balance.

Comparison of aeolian snow transport events and snow mass fluxes between observations and simulations made by the regional climate model MAR in Adélie Land, East Antarctica

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