Term: Seasonal sensitivity characteristic (SSC) Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A set of sensitivities, CT,k (in m w. E. K-1) and CP,k (in m w. E.), of Annual mass balance Ba to changes in monthly mean temperature Tk and normalized monthly precipitation Pk / Pref, k , where k = 1, ..., 12 is the month index and Pref, k, is the monthly precipitation averaged over a reference period. The SSC, which is estimated either from observations or from model calculations, was introduced by Oerlemans and Reichert (2000). It consists of two sets of 12 numbers each: bba a C C ;T k P k , T P P ( / k k ref, k ) Describing seasonal sensitivity with a resolution of 1 month is a matter of convenience.  IHPGlacierMassBalance