Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 12, 189–204, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 189–204, 2018

Research article 19 Jan 2018

Research article | 19 Jan 2018

Modelling debris transport within glaciers by advection in a full-Stokes ice flow model

Anna Wirbel et al.

Model code and software

awirbel/debadvect: Initial release (Version v1.0.0) A. Wirbel

Short summary
As debris cover affects the meltwater production and behaviour of glaciers it is important to understand how, and over what timescales, it forms. Here we develop an advanced 3-D numerical model that describes transport of sediment through a glacier to the point where it emerges at the surface. The numerical performance of the model is satisfactory and it reproduces debris structures observed within real-world glaciers, thereby offering a useful tool for future studies of debris-covered glaciers.