[Liwg-core] Do we want the Antarctica wetland-glacier fix in the JG-BG spinup?

Bill Sacks sacks at ucar.edu
Tue Dec 4 09:46:07 MST 2018

Hi all,

Kate raised this question to me this morning, and I didn't have an 
answer, so I thought I'd see what others think: As many of you know, a 
bug was found in the CLM surface dataset, in that Antarctica's ice 
shelves are treated as wetlands rather than glaciers. In preindustrial 
and present-day climates, this has little impact on the climate, since 
the land surfaces are snow covered (although there are some minor 
differences due to different physics of the two landcover types). 
However, this can still have an impact on how easy it is to do some 
analysis of the runs.

So: Do people feel it's worth changing the surface dataset to the fixed 
version? In principle this should be straightforward, though it will 
probably require some coordination between Kate and Erik to make sure 
that the right fixed version is used. This could be worth doing if 
people plan to use the JG-BG spinup output for Antarctica-focused 
analyses; if not, then my feeling is that it's probably not worth the time.

Bill S

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