Understanding the impacts of climate change on ice sheets and glaciers requires accurate surface mass balance. The interaction of ice sheets and glaciers with the atmosphere means that coupled atmosphere-ocean modes and large-scale weather patterns, meso-scale circulations over mountains, and local-scale energy and mass exchanges in the near-surface boundary layer can control the surface mass balance. Surface processes including melt-albedo feedbacks and firn densification introduce further complexity in determining surface mass balance. The Ice Sheets Model Intercomparison Project (ISMIP6), part of the Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6), aims to constrain the total mass balance contribution of ice sheets and glaciers to sea level rise. In this context, accurate estimates of surface mass balance from both models and observations are crucial, and so intercomparisons of models are currently underway.

This session focuses on (i) novel field- and remotely-sensed advances in measuring the surface energy balance and surface mass balance and (ii) process-based modelling that improves our understanding of glacier and ice sheet surface mass balance and atmospheric interaction. We invite contributions from a broad range of theoretical, numerical or observational studies that explore historic, recent and projected changes to glacier and ice sheet surface mass balance and atmospheric interaction. The range of topics includes but is not limited to: surface energy balance; improvements to satellite SMB retrievals; firn densification; future atmospheric circulation impacts; changes in cloudiness; and the impact of impurities upon albedo. We particularly welcome contributions which focus on improvements to process understanding that will lead to better SMB estimates in the future.

Co-organized as CL2.12
Convener: Andrew Tedstone | Co-conveners: Willem Jan van de Berg, Ruth Mottram, Charles Amory, Emily Collier
| Fri, 12 Apr, 14:00–15:45, 16:15–18:00
Room N2
| Attendance Thu, 11 Apr, 16:15–18:00
Hall X4

Attendance time: Thursday, 11 April 2019, 16:15–18:00 | Hall X4

Chairperson: Charles Amory, Emily Collier
Hall X4
X4.31 |
Cécile Agosta, Charles Amory, Christoph Kittel, and Xavier Fettweis
Hall X4
X4.32 |
Christoph Kittel, Charles Amory, Cécile Agosta, Alison Delhasse, and Xavier Fettweis
Hall X4
X4.33 |
Fredrik Boberg, Ruth Mottram, Nicolaj Hansen, and Sebastian Simonsen
Hall X4
X4.34 |
Lindsey Nicholson and Ivana Stiperski
Hall X4
X4.36 |
Andrew Tedstone, Christopher Williamson, Joseph Cook, Jenine McCutcheon, Xavier Fettweis, Mark Flanner, Jonathan Bamber, and Martyn Tranter
Hall X4
X4.37 |
Willem Jan van de Berg