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Ice roughness length in CICE

I try to find out the roughness length used in the CICE model. I am running CAM4.0 in a stand alone configuration. I can only see one value of the roughness length in CICE, the default value of iceruf = 5e-4. This seems to be a very low value!

Is this the only value for the roughness length in the CICE?



CSEG and Liaisons
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The boundary layer over ice has to make certain assumptions. The roughness of the ice surface is one of these assumptions. If you are referring to the ice-ocean interface, this boundary layer formulation is even simpler and assumes a constant heat transfer coefficient and drag coefficient. You are certainly welcome to develop your own formulation and present your findings at a Polar Climate Working Group meeting in the near future.