This website was developed for Phase II of the Model Intercomparison Activity, as organised within
the framework of
EISMINT (European Ice Sheet Modeling INiTiative). The
objective of this activity was to test
and compare existing numerical ice-sheet, ice-shelf, and glacier models as
they were run by several groups worldwide, in order to narrow down
uncertainties and to enable participating groups to upgrade their own models.
For Phase II, a new series of experimental setups was developed,
aiming at comparing the performance of models under real-world situations
and under much more challenging conditions than was the case during previous
workshops held in Brussels (1993) and in Bremerhaven (1994).
The results of the Phase II experiments were discussed during a three-day
workshop, organized in October 1997 in
The intercomparison descriptions are still available. Some of the benchmark results
have been published and are also available from this page further below.
There exist descriptions for 5 intercomparison topics, each of which
was coordinated by the person mentioned in brackets:
- MacAyeal, D.R., V. Rommelaere, Ph. Huybrechts, C.L. Hulbe, J. Determann, and C.
An ice-shelf model test based on the Ross ice shelf.
Annals of Glaciology 23, 46-51.
- Huybrechts, Ph., A.J. Payne and EISMINT Intercomparison Group (1996).
The EISMINT benchmarks for testing ice-sheet models.
Annals of Glaciology 23, 1-12.
- MacAyeal, D.R.(1997).
EISMINT: Lessons in Ice-Sheet Modeling.
Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 428 p.
- Huybrechts, Ph.(1998).
Report of the Third EISMINT Workshop on Model Intercomparison.
European Science Foundation (Strasbourg), 120 p.
- Oerlemans, J., B. Anderson, A. Hubbard, Ph. Huybrechts, T. Johannesson,
W.H. Knap, M. Schmeits, A.P. Stroeven, R.S.W. van de Wal, J. Wallinga,
and Z. Zuo (1998).
Modelling the response of glaciers to climate warming.
Climate Dynamics 14, 267-274.
- Payne, A.J. , Ph. Huybrechts, A. Abe-Ouchi, R. Calov, J.L. Fastook,
R. Greve, S.J. Marshall, I. Marsiat, C. Ritz, L. Tarasov,
and M.P.A. Thomassen (2000).
Results from the EISMINT model intercomparison:
the effects of thermomechanical coupling.
Journal of Glaciology, 46(153), 227-238.