Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Model description paper
08 Feb 2016
Model description paper |  | 08 Feb 2016

Simulating the thermal regime and thaw processes of ice-rich permafrost ground with the land-surface model CryoGrid 3

S. Westermann, M. Langer, J. Boike, M. Heikenfeld, M. Peter, B. Etzelmüller, and G. Krinner

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Thawing of permafrost is governed by a complex interplay of different processes, of which only conductive heat transfer is taken into account in most model studies. We present a new land-surface scheme designed for permafrost applications, CryoGrid 3, which constitutes a flexible platform to explore new parameterizations for a range of permafrost processes.