Articles | Volume 8, issue 12
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3911–3928, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-3911-2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3911–3928, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-3911-2015

Methods for assessment of models 10 Dec 2015

Methods for assessment of models | 10 Dec 2015

Assessing the uncertainty of glacier mass-balance simulations in the European Arctic based on variance decomposition

T. Sauter and F. Obleitner

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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2015)  Author's response
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RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (06 Oct 2015)
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (23 Nov 2015) by Philippe Huybrechts
AR by Tobias Sauter on behalf of the Authors (01 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Even small errors in observational data can have a profound effect on snowpack simulations, which dilutes our confidence in the results. This paper aims at quantification of the overall contributions of these errors on the uncertainty of snowpack simulations in Arctic environments. The analysis demonstrates that the uncertainties in the data can have a profound impact on glacier mass balance estimates.