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

Comparison of four calving laws to model Greenland outlet glaciers

Youngmin Choi, Mathieu Morlighem, Michael Wood, and Johannes H. Bondzio

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Calving is an important mechanism that controls the dynamics of Greenland outlet glaciers. We test and compare four calving laws and assess which calving law has better predictive abilities. Overall, the calving law based on von Mises stress is more satisfactory than other laws, but new parameterizations should be derived to better capture the detailed processes involved in calving.