Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 12, 3383–3407, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3383–3407, 2018

Research article 29 Oct 2018

Research article | 29 Oct 2018

Basal control of supraglacial meltwater catchments on the Greenland Ice Sheet

Josh Crozier et al.

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Understanding ice sheet surface meltwater routing is important for modeling and predicting ice sheet evolution. We determined that bed topography underlying the Greenland Ice Sheet is the primary influence on 1–10 km scale ice surface topography, and on drainage-basin-scale surface meltwater routing. We provide a simple means of predicting the response of surface meltwater routing to changing ice flow conditions and explore the implications of this for subglacial hydrology.