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A continuum model for meltwater flow through compacting snow

Abstract:

Meltwater is produced on the surface of glaciers and ice sheets when the seasonal energy forcing warms the snow to its melting temperature. This meltwater percolates into the snow and subsequently either runs off laterally in streams, is stored as liquid water, or refreezes, hence warming the subsurface through the release of latent heat. We present a continuum model for the percolation process that includes heat conduction, meltwater percolation and refreezing, as well as mechanical compacti...

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Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Mathematical Institute
Oxford college:
Trinity College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
European Geosciences Union
Journal:
Cryosphere More from this journal
Volume:
11
Pages:
2799-2813
Publication date:
2017-11-01
Acceptance date:
2017-10-23
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EISSN:
1994-0424
ISSN:
1994-0416
Pubs id:
pubs:742246
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uuid:d2c0456b-0567-4a55-adce-2fc81ff7ee80
Local pid:
pubs:742246
Source identifiers:
742246
Deposit date:
2017-11-02

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