Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 1–14, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1–14, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1-2016

Research article 15 Jan 2016

Research article | 15 Jan 2016

A moving-point approach to model shallow ice sheets: a study case with radially symmetrical ice sheets

B. Bonan et al.

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This paper introduce a moving-point approach to model the flow of ice sheets. This particular moving-grid numerical approach is based on the conservation of local masses. This allows the ice sheet margins to be tracked explicitly. A finite-difference moving-point scheme is derived and applied in a simplified context (1-D). The conservation method is also suitable for 2-D scenarios. This paper is a first step towards applications of the conservation method to realistic 2-D cases.