Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Research article
03 Aug 2021
Research article |  | 03 Aug 2021

Last-glacial-cycle glacier erosion potential in the Alps

Julien Seguinot and Ian Delaney


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esurf-2021-12', Anonymous Referee #1, 24 Mar 2021
    • AC1: 'Authors' response on RC1', Julien Seguinot, 01 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on esurf-2021-12', Ian Evans, 04 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Authors' response on RC2', Julien Seguinot, 01 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Julien Seguinot on behalf of the Authors (14 Jun 2021)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (07 Jul 2021) by Andreas Lang
ED: Publish as is (07 Jul 2021) by Tom Coulthard (Editor)
AR by Julien Seguinot on behalf of the Authors (09 Jul 2021)
Short summary
Ancient Alpine glaciers have carved a fascinating landscape of piedmont lakes, glacial valleys, and mountain cirques. Using a previous supercomputer simulation of glacier flow, we show that glacier erosion has constantly evolved and moved to different parts of the Alps. Interestingly, larger glaciers do not always cause more rapid erosion. Instead, glacier erosion is modelled to slow down during glacier advance and peak during phases of retreat, such as the one the Earth is currently undergoing.