Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 12, 2609–2636, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2609-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2609–2636, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2609-2018
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Channelized, distributed, and disconnected: subglacial drainage under a valley glacier in the Yukon

Camilo Rada and Christian Schoof

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We analyse a large glacier borehole pressure dataset and provide a holistic view of the observations, suggesting a consistent picture of the evolution of the subglacial drainage system. Some aspects are consistent with the established understanding and others ones are not. We propose that most of the inconsistencies arise from the capacity of some areas of the bed to become hydraulically isolated. We present an adaptation of an existing drainage model that incorporates this phenomena.