Ice shelf flexures modeled with a 2-D elastic flow line model
Y. V. Konovalov
Department of Mathematics, National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI", Kashirskoe shosse, 31, 115409 Moscow, Russia
Received: 01 Aug 2011 – Accepted for review: 06 Oct 2011 – Discussion started: 19 Oct 2011
Abstract. Ice shelf flexures modeling was performed using a 2-D finite-difference elastic model, which takes into account sub-ice-shelf sea water flow. The sub-ice water flow was described by the wave equation for the sub-ice-shelf pressure perturbations (Holdsworth and Glynn, 1978). In the model ice shelf flexures result from variations in ocean pressure due to changes in prescribed sea levels. The numerical experiments were performed for a flow line down one of the fast flowing ice streams of the Academy of Sciences Ice Cap. The profile includes a part of the adjacent ice shelf. The numerical experiments were carried out for harmonic incoming pressure perturbations P' and the ice shelf flexures were obtained for a wide spectrum of the pressure perturbations frequencies, ranging from tidal periods down to periods of a few seconds (0.004..0.02 Hz). The amplitudes of the ice shelf deflections obtained by the model achieve a maxima at about T ≈ 165 s in concordance with previous investigations of the impact of waves on Antarctic ice shelves (Bromirski et al., 2010). The explanation of the effect is found in the solution of the corresponding eigenvalue problem revealing the existence of a resonance at these high frequencies.
Konovalov, Y. V.: Ice shelf flexures modeled with a 2-D elastic flow line model, The Cryosphere Discuss., 5, 2841-2863, doi:10.5194/tcd-5-2841-2011, 2011.