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Two new Elmer/Ice courses this fall!

Written by Olivier Gagliardini on .

We are organizing two Elmer/Ice courses this fall:

- A 2-day beginner Elmer/Ice course will take place the 23rd and 24th of October  2017 at the University of Stockholm (Sweden, local organising committee: Nina Kirchner), just before the Nordic Branch IGS meeting held in Uppsala. This 2-day course is dedicated to students or researchers aiming to start working with Elmer/Ice. It is sponsored by the University of Stockholm, CSC,  IGE, eSTICC and the Labex OSUG@2020.

- A 3-day advanced Elmer/Ice workshop will take place the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of November 2017 at IGE (Grenoble, France). This 3-day course is dedicated to students or researchers having already an experience using Elmer/Ice. It is sponsored by IGE, CSC and the Labex OSUG@2020.

For both courses, the number of places is limited to 20, and will be given on the basis of first registered, first served.To register, send an email to Olivier Gagliardini with your name, affiliation, position and few lines of motivations to attend the course. Don't forget to specify which course you want to register to. There will be no registration fees, but students will have to take care of their own travel and lodging and attend the course with their own laptop (preferentially with Elmer/Ice installed). More information will be given later on the Elmer/Ice website.

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Classification of different calving modes

Written by Thomas Zwinger on .

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Fracture of ice is an inherently discontinuous process and consequently difficult to be included in continuum ice-flow models. There are existing models that deal with the physics of fracture, with the drawback of the demand for high spatial (in the size of the cracks) and temporal (spatial scales divided by speed of sound) resolution. In this paper the authors develop a new strategy for formulating calving laws,using a model of the latter kind, the Helsinki Discrete Element Model (HiDEM) to explicitly model fracture and calving. Simultaneously, the Elmer/Ice is applied to the same geometries to identify critical stress states that can be linked to computed calving events in HiDEM. The final goal is to develop improved calving laws for continuum models, as in last consequence only continuum models are capable to cover ice dynamics exceeding a few hours. Usually, calving induced by buoyancy and undercutting is under-represented in existing continuum calving laws. This study helps to identify stress states from a full Stokes model (Elmer/Ice) that can help to indicate characteristic stress/strain patterns that would be input for improved calving laws in future.

Read more: Benn, D.I., J. Åström, T. Zwinger, J. Todd, F.M. Nick, S. Cook, N.R.J. Hulton, and A. Luckman, 2017. Melt-under-cutting and buoyancy-driven calving from tidewater glaciers: new insights from discrete element and continuum model simulations, Journal of Glaciology, 1-12, doi:10.1017/jog.2017.41.

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Investigation of a rapidly rising jökulhlaup

Written by Thomas Zwinger on .

Mesh of Elmer/Ice of the Skáfta cauldronThe authors investigate a rapidly rising glacial outburst flood (jökulhlaup) at the western Skaftá cauldron, Vatnajökull, Iceland, in September 2006. Outflow from the subglacial lake, flood discharge at the glacier terminus and the transient subglacial volume of floodwater during the jökulhlaup are derived from measured discharge and water temperature measurements in the pro-glacial river and the lowering of the ice over subglacial lake. Elmer/Ice is used to simulate an axi-symmetric approximation of the ice above the subglacial lake, which acts similar to an ice-shelf reacting on the elevation change of the water level. Consideration on the available thermal and potential energy along the 40 km initial subglacial water-path indicate that the jökulhlaup propagates by lifting and deformation of the overlying ice, induced by water pressure in excess of the ice overburden pressure and that melting of ice due to the heat of the floodwater from the subglacial lake and frictional heat generated by the dissipation of potential energy in the flow played a smaller role. Therefore this event and other rapidly rising jökulhlaups cannot be explained by the jökulhlaup theory of Nye (1976).

Read more: Einarsson, B., T. Jóhannesson, T. Thorsteinsson, E. Gaidos, and T. Zwinger, 2017. Subglacial flood path development during a rapidly rising jökulhlaup from the western Skaftá cauldron, Vatnajökull, Iceland, Journal of Glaciology, 1-13, doi:10.1017/jog.2017.33.

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