Articles | Volume 14, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 14, 3175–3194, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3175-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 3175–3194, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3175-2020

Research article 18 Sep 2020

Research article | 18 Sep 2020

An analysis of instabilities and limit cycles in glacier-dammed reservoirs

Christian Schoof

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (14 Nov 2019) by Daniel Farinotti
AR by Christian Schoof on behalf of the Authors (09 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Mar 2020) by Daniel Farinotti
RR by Mauro Werder (03 May 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (14 May 2020) by Daniel Farinotti
AR by Christian Schoof on behalf of the Authors (06 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Glacier lake outburst floods are major glacial hazards in which ice-dammed reservoirs rapidly drain, often in a recurring fashion. The main flood phase typically involves a growing channel being eroded into ice by water flow. What is poorly understood is how that channel first comes into being. In this paper, I investigate how an under-ice drainage system composed of small, naturally occurring voids can turn into a channel and how this can explain the cyclical behaviour of outburst floods.