[CRYOLIST] Call for participation to ITMIX - the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment

Daniel Farinotti daniel.farinotti at wsl.ch
Mon Oct 12 23:18:54 PDT 2015

The *Working Group (WG) on Glacier Ice Thickness Estimation 
<http://www.cryosphericsciences.org/wg_glacierIceThickEst.html>* of the 
International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS 
<http://www.cryosphericsciences.org/>) is pleased to announce the launch of

*Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment*

and extends its***call for participation* to ITMIX from the WG members 
to the wider community.

The experiment aims at comparing existing approaches that estimate the 
ice thickness of glaciers and ice caps from characteristics of the 
surface, and will be run on a set of predefined test cases.

In a first step, the models participating to ITMIX are requested to 
generate an estimate of the ice thickness distribution for the above 
test cases by making best possible use of a set of provided data. These 
data include glacier outlines, digital elevation models of the surface, 
and - depending on the test case - a combination of informations about 
surface mass balance, surface flow velocities, and rates of ice 
thickness change. In a second step, the so-produced results will be 
compared against direct ice thickness measurements.

The ITMIX is anticipated to provide insights in the performance of 
individual approaches and to allow a better quantification of the 
accuracy with which ice thickness distributions for glaciers around the 
globe can currently be estimated.

*For more information* about the scope, rules, and plan of action of the 
experiment, as well as for participating to the ITMIX itself, please 


The deadline  for the submission of results to the first phase of the 
experiment is Monday 29 February 2016.

For any sort of feedback or further questions, please don't hesitate to 
contact us directly.
We are looking forward to a successful experiment!

In the name of the whole working group, the WG co-chairs
Daniel Farinotti, Huilin Li, and Liss M. Andreassen
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