Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 12, 721–739, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 721–739, 2018

Research article 28 Feb 2018

Research article | 28 Feb 2018

Calving relation for tidewater glaciers based on detailed stress field analysis

Rémy Mercenier et al.

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This study investigates the effect of geometrical properties on the stress state and flow regime in the vicinity of the calving front of grounded tidewater glaciers. Our analysis shows that the stress state for simple geometries can be determined solely by the water depth relative to ice thickness. This scaled relationship allows for a simple parametrization to predict calving rates of grounded tidewater glaciers that is simple, physics-based and in good agreement with observations.