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ESM-SnowMIP: assessing snow models and quantifying snow-related climate feedbacks

Abstract : This paper describes ESM-SnowMIP, an international coordinated modelling effort to evaluate current snow schemes, including snow schemes that are included in Earth system models, in a wide variety of settings against local and global observations. The project aims to identify crucial processes and characteristics that need to be improved in snow models in the context of local-and global-scale modelling. A further objective of ESM-SnowMIP is to better quantify snow-related feedbacks in the Earth system. Although it is not part of the sixth phase of the Coupled Model Intercom-parison Project (CMIP6), ESM-SnowMIP is tightly linked to the CMIP6-endorsed Land Surface, Snow and Soil Moisture Model Intercomparison (LS3MIP).
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Gerhard Krinner, Chris Derksen, Richard Essery, Mark Flanner, Stefan Hagemann, et al.. ESM-SnowMIP: assessing snow models and quantifying snow-related climate feedbacks. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, Copernicus Publ, 2018, 11 (12), pp.5027-5049. ⟨10.5194/gmd-11-5027-2018⟩. ⟨hal-02985161⟩

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