Benchmark experiments for higher-order and full-Stokes ice sheet models (ISMIP-HOM)

F. Pattyn*, L. Perichon, A. Aschwanden, B. Breuer, B. De Smedt, O. Gagliardini, G. H. Gudmundsson, R. C.A. Hindmarsh, A. Hubbard, J. V. Johnson, T. Kleiner, Y. Konovalov, C. Martin, A. J. Payne, D. Pollard, S. Price, M. Rückamp, F. Saito, O. Souček, S. SugiyamaT. Zwinger

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We present the results of the first ice sheet model intercomparison project for higher-order and full-Stokes ice sheet models. These models are compared and verified in a series of six experiments of which one has an analytical solution obtained from a perturbation analysis. The experiments are applied to both 2-D and 3-D geometries; five experiments are steady-state diagnostic, and one has a time-dependent prognostic solution. All participating models give results that are in close agreement. A clear distinction can be made between higher-order models and those that solve the full system of equations. The full-Stokes models show a much smaller spread, hence are in better agreement with one another and with the analytical solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-108
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


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