Arctic Research Directory

ID-358 :   InitMIP-Greenland experiments with the ice sheet model SICOPOLIS




InitMIP-Greenland experiments with the ice sheet model SICOPOLIS


SICOPOLIS (SImulation COde for POLythermal Ice Sheets) is a three-dimensional, dynamic/thermodynamic ice-sheet model that can be used for simulating problems of past, present or future glaciation of the Greenland ice sheet, the Antarctic ice sheet and other land-ice bodies ( Here, it is applied to the Greenland ice sheet with a horizontal resolution of 5 km to conduct the InitMIP-Greenland experiments. The objective of InitMIP-Greenland is to compare, evaluate, and improve the initialization techniques used in the ice sheet modelling community, and to estimate the associated uncertainties in modelled mass changes.

Computing Environment

Rironnet (cluster of Linux workstations operated by the Glacier and Ice Sheet Research Group, ILTS, Hokkaido University)

Principal Investigator

Ralf Greve
Institute of Low Temperature Science (ILTS), Hokkaido University


JP16H02224, JP17H06104

Data Information

Model Name
Abstract (Brief description of the experiment contents (initial conditions, boundary conditions, etc.))
InitMIP-Greenland consists of three experiments: (1) 'init': initial present-day state of the ice sheet, (2) 'ctrl': 100-year forward simulation with constant-climate forcing, (3) 'asmb': 100-year forward simulation with a large perturbation (prescribed surface mass balance anomaly) that mimics roughly an upper-end climate-change scenario like RCP8.5. We carried out these experiments with two different set-ups, labelled in the data set as 'ILTS_SICOPOLIS' and 'ILTSPIK_SICOPOLIS', respectively. For each set-up and each experiment, a range of ice-dynamic variables are available: ice thickness, surface and bed topographies, surface and basal mass balance, x-, y- and z-components of the surface, basal and depth-averaged flow velocity etc. The total size of the data set is approximately 0.5 GB.
Temporal Extent
Begin Date1990-01-01
End Date2090-01-01
Temporal Characteristicsevery 5 years
Geographic Bounding Box
North bound latitude84.0
West bound longitude-74.0
Eastbound longitude-12.0
South bound latitude59.0
Dimension NameDimension Size (slice number of the dimension)Resolution Unit
row3375 km (polar stereographic projection x-coordinate)
column5775 km (polar stereographic projection y-coordinate)
Data Information
Related URL
Article (the article written using this data)
Goelzer, H., S. Nowicki, T. Edwards, M. Beckley, A. Abe-Ouchi, A. Aschwanden, R. Calov, O. Gagliardini, F. Gillet-Chaulet, N. R. Golledge, J. Gregory, R. Greve, A. Humbert, P. Huybrechts, J. H. Kennedy, E. Larour, W. H. Lipscomb, S. Le clec'h, V. Lee, M. Morlighem, F. Pattyn, A. J. Payne, C. Rodehacke, M. Rueckamp, F. Saito, N. Schlegel, H. Seroussi, A. Shepherd, S. Sun, R. van de Wal and F. A. Ziemen. 2018. Design and results of the ice sheet model initialisation experiments initMIP-Greenland: an ISMIP6 intercomparison. The Cryosphere 12 (4), 1433-1460, doi: 10.5194/tc-12-1433-2018.


RollContact PersonNameRalf GreveAffiliationInstitute of Low Temperature Science (ILTS), Hokkaido
RollCo-researcherNameReinhard CalovAffiliationPotsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Data Registration
07:23 on Mon December 23, 2019
Last Update
07:23 on Mon December 23, 2019