Articles | Volume 8, issue 12
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3867–3876, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-3867-2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3867–3876, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-3867-2015

Model description paper 08 Dec 2015

Model description paper | 08 Dec 2015

A factorial snowpack model (FSM 1.0)

R. Essery

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Models of snow on the ground need to represent processes of solar radiation absorption, heat conduction, liquid water movement and compaction in snow and transfers of heat from the atmosphere. There are many such models in use, but their wide range in complexity makes it hard to understand how differences in process representations determine differences in predictions. Processes in the factorial snow model can be switched on or off independently, allowing highly controlled numerical experiments.