A moving point approach to model shallow ice sheets: a study case with radially-symmetrical ice sheets
Bonan, B., Baines, M. J., Nichols, N. K. and Partridge, D. (2015) A moving point approach to model shallow ice sheets: a study case with radially-symmetrical ice sheets. The Cryosphere Discussions, 9 (4). pp. 4237-4270. ISSN 1994-0432
To link to this article DOI: 10.5194/tcd-9-4237-2015
Predicting the evolution of ice sheets requires numerical models able to accurately track the migration of ice sheet continental margins or grounding lines. We introduce a physically based moving point approach for the flow of ice sheets based on the conservation of local masses. This allows the ice sheet margins to be tracked explicitly and the waiting time behaviours to be modelled efficiently. A finite difference moving point scheme is derived and applied in a simplified context (continental radially-symmetrical shallow ice approximation). The scheme, which is inexpensive, is validated by comparing the results with moving-margin exact solutions and steady states. In both cases the scheme is able to track the position of the ice sheet margin with high precision.