Modeling glacier mass changes on regional and global scales

EOAS Project Members: 
Valentina RadicSam Anderson
Other Project Members: 
Cole Lord-May

The objective of this NSERC DISCOVERY and CFI funded project is to develop and validate a physically based model of surface mass balance on a regional scale, aiming to answer the following questions:

  • Can physically based models successfully simulate surface mass changes for the full suite of glaciers?
  • Can mesoscale weather models be used to adequately downscale climate fields that drive regional glacier mass changes?
  • How successful is the performance of global climate models in simulating large-scale climate features relevant for glacier mass changes?
  • How can we simulate glacier dynamics for a full suite of glaciers in a region of complex topography?