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Experimental protocol for sealevel projections from ISMIP6 standalone ice sheet models

Sophie Nowicki1, Antony J. Payne5, Heiko Goelzer3,4, Helene Seroussi5, William H. Lipscomb6, Ayako Abe-Ouchi7, Cecile Agosta8, Patrick Alexander9,10, Xylar S. Asay-Davis11, Alice Barthel11, Thomas J. Bracegirdle12, Richard Cullather1, Denis Felikson1, Xavier Fettweis13, Jonathan Gregory14,15, Tore Hatterman16,17, Nicolas C. Jourdain18, Peter Kuipers Munneke2, Eric Larour5, Christopher M. Little19, Mathieu Morlinghem20, Isabel Nias1, Andrew Shepherd21, Erika Simon1, Donald Slater22, Robin Smith23,24, Fiammetta Straneo22, Luke D. Trusel25, Michiel R. van den Broeke3, and Roderik van de Wal3 Sophie Nowicki et al.
  • 1NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
  • 2School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  • 3Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • 4Laboratoire de Glaciologie, UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
  • 5Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 6Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for AtmosphericResearch, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 7Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba, Japan
  • 8Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement, LSCE-IPSL, CEA-CNRS-UVSQ, Université Paris-Saclay, France
  • 9Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA
  • 10Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, USA
  • 11Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA
  • 12British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK
  • 13Laboratory of Climatology, Department of Geography, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
  • 14National Center for AtmosphericScience, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • 15Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK
  • 16Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway
  • 17Energy and Climate Group, Department of Physics and Technology, The Arctic University – University of Tromsø, Norway
  • 18Univ. Grenoble Alpes/CNRS/IRD/G-INP, Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement, France
  • 19Atmospheric and Environmental ResearchInc., Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
  • 20Department of Earth System Science, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
  • 21School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 22Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
  • 23National Center for AtmosphericScience, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • 24Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • 25Department of Geography, Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA

Abstract. Projection of the contribution of ice sheets to sea-level change as part of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project – phase 6 (CMIP6) takes the form of simulations from coupled ice-sheet-climate models and standalone ice sheet models, overseen by the Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for CMIP6 (ISMIP6). This paper describes the experimental setup for process-based sea-level change projections to be performed with standalone Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet models in the context of ISMIP6. The ISMIP6 protocol relies on a suite of polar atmospheric and oceanic CMIP-based forcing for ice sheet models, in order to explore the uncertainty in projected sea-level change due to future emissions scenarios, CMIP models, ice sheet models, and parameterizations for ice-ocean interactions. We describe here the approach taken for defining the suite of ISMIP6 standalone ice sheet simulations, document the experimental framework and implementation, as well as present an overview of the ISMIP6 forcing to be used by participating ice sheet modeling groups.

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This paper describes the experimental protocol for ice sheet models taking part in the Ice Sheet Model Intercomparion Project for CMIP6 (ISMIP6) and presents an overview of the atmospheric and oceanic datasets to be used for the simulations. The ISMIP6 framework allows for exploring the uncertainty in 21st century sea-level change from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
This paper describes the experimental protocol for ice sheet models taking part in the Ice Sheet...