Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Research article
18 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 18 Mar 2019

Resolving the influence of temperature forcing through heat conduction on rock glacier dynamics: a numerical modelling approach

Alessandro Cicoira, Jan Beutel, Jérome Faillettaz, Isabelle Gärtner-Roer, and Andreas Vieli


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Short summary
Rock glacier flow varies on multiple timescales. The variations have been linked to climatic forcing, but a quantitative understanding is still missing. We use a 1-D numerical modelling approach coupling heat conduction to a creep model in order to study the influence of temperature variations on rock glacier flow. Our results show that heat conduction alone cannot explain the observed variations. Other processes, likely linked to water, must dominate the short-term velocity signal.