Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Research article
30 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 30 Mar 2021

Laboratory observations on meltwater meandering rivulets on ice

Roberto Fernández and Gary Parker

Data sets

Meltwater Meandering Channels on Ice: Centerlines and Images R. Fernández, G. Parker, and C. P. Stark.

Video supplement

Ice Meandering 01 R. Fernández

Ice Meandering 02 R. Fernández


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Short summary
We present a set of observations from laboratory experiments on meltwater meandering rivulets on ice and compare them (qualitatively and quantitatively) to patterns commonly found in meandering channels flowing over different materials. Our channels display great similarities with real rivers in spite of being much smaller. Higher temperature differences between water and ice create deeper and less sinuous channels with bends that preferentially point downstream and are not as rounded.