Special Issue "Cryosphere in and around Regional Climate Models"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019
Dr. Sven Kotlarski
Climate Monitoring and Scenarios, Climate Division, Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, P.O. Box 257, CH-8058 Zurich-Airport, Switzerland
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Interests: Process Studies; Atmosphere; Climate; Global Warming; Hydrosphere; Cryosphere; Climatic Effects; Climate Statistics; Regional Climate Modelling; Climate Services
The cryosphere is an important and heavily-interacting component of the global climate system. Cryosphere-climate feedbacks occur at different spatial and temporal scales, and climate model development seeks to integrate the most important and relevant feedbacks. At regional scales, these primarily occur through the modification of surface and sub-surface features by the presence of snow and ice. Especially, in alpine terrain shaped by topography but also in polar environments, a comparatively high spatial resolution, such as being employed by regional climate models (RCMs), is required to appropriately account for these processes. The representation of the terrestrial cryosphere in RCMs has, therefore, gained particular attention in recent years, and sophisticated online parameterization schemes have been developed and applied. The same is true for the representation of sea ice in coupled regional atmosphere–ocean models. Furthermore, RCMs are increasingly employed to drive dedicated cryospheric impact models in an offline mode.
This Special Issue seeks to bring together studies that are concerned with
(a) the online representation of cryospheric features (snowfall, snow cover, glaciers, permafrost, sea ice) within RCMs in order to adequately account for cryosphere-climate feedbacks (Cryosphere IN RCMs)
(b) the offline forcing of cryospheric models by RCM output in order to assess sensitivities of the cryosphere with respect to climate change and variability or to assess future climate change impacts on the cryosphere (Cryosphere AROUND RCMs).
In addition, further topics, such as the use of cryospheric data sets for RCM validation or the assessment of cryosphere-related continental-scale teleconnections are warmly welcome.
Dr. Sven Kotlarski
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- Cryosphere-climate feedbacks
- Sea ice
- Regional climate models
- Snow-albedo feedback
- Mountain climates