Simulation of summer snowmelt on the Greenland ice sheet using a one- dimensional model

C. M. Rowe, K. C. Kuivinen, R. Jordan

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A one-dimensional heat and mass balance model of a snowpack over frozen soil was modified for use in glacial environments. The model solves a set of governing equations for the energy and mass balances of the snow, subject to observed meteorological conditions at the upper boundary and the assumption of a steady state at the lower boundary. The initial state of the snowpack is defined by the temperature, density and grain size profiles at the beginning of the simulation period. The data used to test the model on the Greenland ice sheet are a subset of the meteorological and surface data collected during the 1990 summer field season by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Greenland Expedition. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16,265-16,273
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD8
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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