Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 159–174, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-159-2016
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 159–174, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-159-2016

Research article 02 Feb 2016

Research article | 02 Feb 2016

Basal shear stress under alpine glaciers: insights from experiments using the iSOSIA and Elmer/Ice models

C. F. Brædstrup et al.

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When studying long-term glacial landscape evolution one must make simplifying assumptions about the nature of glacial flow. In this study we show that for two different numerical models such simplifications are mostly unimportant in the setting of glacial landscape evolution. Following this we find that glacial erosion is most intense in the early stages of glaciation and its effects are reduced with time due to flow patterns in the ice removing areas of highest resistance to flow.