Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Model evaluation paper
09 Jun 2021
Model evaluation paper |  | 09 Jun 2021

Performance of MAR (v3.11) in simulating the drifting-snow climate and surface mass balance of Adélie Land, East Antarctica

Charles Amory, Christoph Kittel, Louis Le Toumelin, Cécile Agosta, Alison Delhasse, Vincent Favier, and Xavier Fettweis

Data sets

A drifting snow data set (2010-2018) from coastal Adelie Land, eastern Antarctica C. Amory, C. Genthon, and V. Favier

Surface mass balance data V. Favier

Model code and software

Amory et al. (2021), Geoscientific Model Development: data, model outputs and source code C. Amory

MAR source code, v3.11.3 MAR Team

Short summary
This paper presents recent developments in the drifting-snow scheme of the regional climate model MAR and its application to simulate drifting snow and the surface mass balance of Adélie Land in East Antarctica. The model is extensively described and evaluated against a multi-year drifting-snow dataset and surface mass balance estimates available in the area. The model sensitivity to input parameters and improvements over a previously published version are also assessed.