Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 15, 2719–2738, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2719-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 2719–2738, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2719-2021

Research article 17 Jun 2021

Research article | 17 Jun 2021

Sensitivity of subglacial drainage to water supply distribution at the Kongsfjord basin, Svalbard

Chloé Scholzen et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (04 Mar 2021) by Valentina Radic
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (08 May 2021) by Valentina Radic
AR by Chloé Scholzen on behalf of the Authors (12 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 May 2021) by Valentina Radic
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We use a two-dimensional model of water flow below the glaciers in Kongsfjord, Svalbard, to investigate how different processes of surface-to-bed meltwater transfer affect subglacial hydraulic conditions. The latter are important for the sliding motion of glaciers, which in some cases exhibit huge variations. Our findings indicate that the glaciers in our study area undergo substantial sliding because water is poorly evacuated from their base, with limited influence from the surface hydrology.