Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Research article
29 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 29 Nov 2018

Supraglacial debris thickness variability: impact on ablation and relation to terrain properties

Lindsey I. Nicholson, Michael McCarthy, Hamish D. Pritchard, and Ian Willis


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Short summary
Ground-penetrating radar of supraglacial debris thickness is used to study local thickness variability. Freshly emergent debris cover appears to have higher skewness and kurtosis than more mature debris covers. Accounting for debris thickness variability in ablation models can result in markedly different ice ablation than is calculated using the mean debris thickness. Slope stability modelling reveals likely locations for locally thin debris with high ablation.