Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 16, 581–601, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-581-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 581–601, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-581-2022
Research article
17 Feb 2022
Research article | 17 Feb 2022

Geometric controls of tidewater glacier dynamics

Thomas Frank et al.

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The shape of a fjord can promote or inhibit glacier retreat in response to climate change. We conduct experiments with a synthetic setup under idealized conditions in a numerical model to study and quantify the processes involved. We find that friction between ice and fjord is the most important factor and that it is possible to directly link ice discharge and grounding line retreat to fjord topography in a quantitative way.