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Liu et al. 2007

Liu, J.P., Z.H. Zhang, J. Inoue, and R.M. Horton, 2007: Evaluation of snow/ice albedo parameterizations and their impacts on sea ice simulations. Int. J. Climatol., 27, 91-91, doi:10.1002/joc.1373.

Climate models use a variety of snow/ice albedo parameterizations for the ice covered ocean. In this study, we applied in situ measurements (surface temperature, snow depth and ice thickness) obtained from the Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA) as input values to four different snow/ice albedo parameterizations (representing the spectrum of parameterizations used in stand-alone sea ice models, numerical weather prediction and regional climate models of the Arctic Basin, and coupled global climate models), and evaluated the parameterized albedos against the SHEBA observed albedo. Results show that these parameterizations give very different representations of surface albedo. The impacts of systematic biases in the input values on the parameterized albedos were also assessed. To further understand how sea ice processes are influenced by differences in the albedo parameterizations, we examined baseline sea ice characteristics and responses of sea ice to an external perturbation for the simulations of the albedo parameterizations using a stand-alone basin-scale dynamic/thermodynamic sea ice model. Results show that an albedo treatment of sufficient complexity can produce more realistic basin-scale ice distributions, and likely more realistic ice responses as climate warms.

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@article{li09300d,
  author={Liu, J. P. and Zhang, Z. H. and Inoue, J. and Horton, R. M.},
  title={Evaluation of snow/ice albedo parameterizations and their impacts on sea ice simulations},
  year={2007},
  journal={Int. J. Climatol.},
  volume={27},
  pages={91--91},
  doi={10.1002/joc.1373},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - li09300d
AU  - Liu, J. P.
AU  - Zhang, Z. H.
AU  - Inoue, J.
AU  - Horton, R. M.
PY  - 2007
TI  - Evaluation of snow/ice albedo parameterizations and their impacts on sea ice simulations
JA  - Int. J. Climatol.
VL  - 27
SP  - 91
EP  - 91
DO  - 10.1002/joc.1373
ER  -

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