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