Snow Model Intercomparison Project for forest snow processes


The first phase of SnowMIP was commissioned as a working group of the International Commission on Snow and Ice. Results were returned for 24 models and 4 sites without significant exposed vegetation. Results were presented at meetings of the International Glaciological Society (Davos, 2003) and the International Union of Geophysics and Geodesy (Sapporo, 2003), and published by Etchevers et al. (2004).

Background to SnowMIP2

SnowMIP2 was, again, commissioned by the International Commission on Snow and Ice, which has since become the Commission of Cryospheric Sciences. SnowMIP2 was endorsed by 20th session of the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (Exeter, October 2004) and is an activity of the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) and the Global Land Atmosphere System Study.


Etchevers, Martin, Brown, Fierz, Lejeune, Bazile, Boone, Dai, Essery, Fernandez, Gusev, Jordan, Koren, Kowalczyk, Nasonova, Pyles, Schlosser,  Shmakin, Smirnova, Strasser, Verseghy, Yamazaki and Yang, 2004. Validation of the surface energy budget simulated by several snow models. Annals of Glaciology, 38, 150 - 158.