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The Cryosphere An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Accurate predictions of future changes in glacier flow require the realistic simulation of glacier terminus position change in numerical models. We use crevasse observations for 19 Greenland glaciers to explore whether the two commonly used crevasse depth models match observations. The models cannot reproduce spatial patterns, and we largely attribute discrepancies between modeled and observed depths to the models' inability to account for advection.
TC | Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 4121–4133, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4121-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 4121–4133, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4121-2020

Research article 18 Nov 2020

Research article | 18 Nov 2020

Sharp contrasts in observed and modeled crevasse patterns at Greenland's marine terminating glaciers

Ellyn M. Enderlin and Timothy C. Bartholomaus

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Accurate predictions of future changes in glacier flow require the realistic simulation of glacier terminus position change in numerical models. We use crevasse observations for 19 Greenland glaciers to explore whether the two commonly used crevasse depth models match observations. The models cannot reproduce spatial patterns, and we largely attribute discrepancies between modeled and observed depths to the models' inability to account for advection.
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