Movie:An Alpine Glacier's Drainage System: Gornergletscher drainage system


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Domain: terrestrial, hydrology
Model name: Animation model name
Name: Mauro, Werder
Where: Gornergletscher, Switzerland
When: One Season

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Grade level: Under graduate (13-16), Graduate / Professional

Statement: Liquid water routing in an alpine glacier

Abstract: Subglacial discharge simulated for Gornergletscher: arrows depict discharge in the distributed system, blue shows discharge in channels.


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Liquid water is thought to move through alpine glaciers as diffuse and channelized flow, and is governed by the pressure field created by the weight of overlying ice. This 2-D model combines the governing equations for both types of flow to model the movement of water in the the Gornergletscher, an alpine glacier in Switzerland.

A video of the talk Mauro Werder gave at the CSDMS 2013 annual meeting on glacial hydrology is available on the CSDMS website,



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