Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1125–1141, 2016
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1125–1141, 2016
Development and technical paper
24 Mar 2016
Development and technical paper | 24 Mar 2016

The location of the thermodynamic atmosphere–ice interface in fully coupled models – a case study using JULES and CICE

Alex E. West et al.

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This study compares two methods of coupling a sea ice model to an atmospheric model in a series of idealized one-dimensional experiments. The JULES method calculates surface variables in the atmosphere; the CICE method calculates surface variables in the sea ice. It is found that simulations of all variables are more accurate in the JULES method, likely because of the shorter time step of the atmosphere.