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30 Jan 2023
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Introducing CRYOWRF v1.0: multiscale atmospheric flow simulations with advanced snow cover modelling

Varun Sharma, Franziska Gerber, and Michael Lehning

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Modelling the interactions of the atmosphere and cryosphere is essential to understanding our changing climate. This paper presents the coupling of the widely used WRF atmosphere to the SNOWPACK snow model. This work creates an important new tool for the modelling community.
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Most current generation climate and weather models have a relatively simplistic description of snow and snow–atmosphere interaction. One reason for this is the belief that including an advanced snow model would make the simulations too computationally demanding. In this study, we bring together two state-of-the-art models for atmosphere (WRF) and snow cover (SNOWPACK) and highlight both the feasibility and necessity of such coupled models to explore underexplored phenomena in the cryosphere.