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The Cryosphere, 10, 1477–1494, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1477-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1477–1494, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1477-2016

Research article 13 Jul 2016

Research article | 13 Jul 2016

Inversion of geothermal heat flux in a thermomechanically coupled nonlinear Stokes ice sheet model

Hongyu Zhu et al.

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We study how well the basal geothermal heat flux can be inferred from surface velocity observations using a thermomechanically coupled nonlinear Stokes ice sheet model. The prospects and limitations of this inversion is studied in two and three dimensional model problems. We also argue that a one-way coupled approach for the adjoint equations motivated by staggered solvers for forward multiphysics problems can lead to an incorrect gradient and premature termination of the optimization iteration.