Articles | Volume 15, issue 7
The Cryosphere, 15, 3377–3399, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3377-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 3377–3399, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3377-2021

Research article 21 Jul 2021

Research article | 21 Jul 2021

Modelling steady states and the transient response of debris-covered glaciers

James C. Ferguson and Andreas Vieli

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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (29 Dec 2020) by Harry Zekollari
AR by James C. Ferguson on behalf of the Authors (18 Feb 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Feb 2021) by Harry Zekollari
RR by Leif Anderson (19 Apr 2021)
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (20 Apr 2021) by Harry Zekollari
AR by James C. Ferguson on behalf of the Authors (30 May 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Jun 2021) by Harry Zekollari
RR by Leif Anderson (01 Jun 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 Jun 2021) by Harry Zekollari
AR by James C. Ferguson on behalf of the Authors (04 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Jun 2021) by Harry Zekollari
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Short summary
Debris-covered glaciers have a greater extent than their debris-free counterparts due to insulation from the debris cover. However, the transient response to climate change remains poorly understood. We use a numerical model that couples ice dynamics and debris transport and varies the climate signal. We find that debris cover delays the transient response, especially for the extent. However, adding cryokarst features near the terminus greatly enhances the response.