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Research article
23 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 23 Nov 2016

Rock glaciers on the run – understanding rock glacier landform evolution and recent changes from numerical flow modeling

Johann Müller, Andreas Vieli, and Isabelle Gärtner-Roer

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Rock glaciers are landforms indicative of permafrost creep and received considerable attention concerning their dynamical and thermal changes. We use a holistic approach to analyze and model the current and long-term dynamical development of two rock glaciers in the Swiss Alps. The modeling results show the impact of variations in temperature and sediment–ice supply on rock glacier evolution and describe proceeding signs of degradation due to climate warming.