Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 3487–3510, 2021
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 3487–3510, 2021

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 et al.

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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.