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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2719-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2719-2021
Research article
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17 Jun 2021
Research article |  | 17 Jun 2021

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

Chloé Scholzen, Thomas V. Schuler, and Adrien Gilbert

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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.