Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Research article
13 May 2020
Research article |  | 13 May 2020

Incorporating moisture content in surface energy balance modeling of a debris-covered glacier

Alexandra Giese, Aaron Boone, Patrick Wagnon, and Robert Hawley


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Feb 2020) by Tobias Bolch
AR by Alexandra Giese on behalf of the Authors (02 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (26 Mar 2020) by Tobias Bolch
AR by Alexandra Giese on behalf of the Authors (03 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Rocky debris on glacier surfaces is known to affect the melt of mountain glaciers. Debris can be dry or filled to varying extents with liquid water and ice; whether debris is dry, wet, and/or icy affects how efficiently heat is conducted through debris from its surface to the ice interface. Our paper presents a new energy balance model that simulates moisture phase, evolution, and location in debris. ISBA-DEB is applied to West Changri Nup glacier in Nepal to reveal important physical processes.