can elmerice compute ice velocity

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can elmerice compute ice velocity

Postby lusaisai » 17 Nov 2015, 11:03

I am a graduate student in Tongji University, China. These days I did some research in ice sheet modelling by the software Elmer/Ice. And I am interested in ice velocity modelling in Antarctic.
So I followed the example ”teterousse_2014_Step1--teterousse1.sif” by Prof. Gagliardini, then I got the ice velocity distribution map as below.
modelled velocity.jpg
modelled velocity
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However, there is measured velocity map by Prof. Rignot this region as below.
measured velocity.jpg
measured velocity from Prof. Rignot
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Comparing to my result, there is large difference.I am confused about that. I wonder whether I made some mistakes in writing the sif file(if yes, can you give me some suggestions), or actually there will be different between modelled and measured ice velocity. Besides, I also want to know can the elmer/ice make the ice velocity map like the measured one.

I am not familiar with Elmer/Ice, so I am really sorry if I overlooked or misunderstood anything.

I will be very appreciated for any help!
ice velocity.sif
the sif imitated Prof. Gagliardini's example sif
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Re: can elmerice compute ice velocity

Postby tzwinger » 17 Nov 2015, 11:28

Dear Saisai,
First of all, we have no clue what the units in the picture from Rignot are (cm/day, m/year?) we should compare your results to - if you used the attached SIF your Elmer/Ice velocities are m/year. Looking at your SIF you have a no-slip condition at the bedrock, which kind of contradicts the basic idea behind an ice stream - for having pure deformation you actually achieved quite high velocities, which is due to the high ice temperature of -1 C (making the ice very soft), which of course will not apply throughout an Antarctic ice stream. The second issue I can spot is the no-flow condition on the sidewalls (including the in- and outlet of your ice -stream). What you have to do is to find out the correct basal sliding parameters that reproduce your surface velocity pattern and get a good guess on your internal temperature (which controls the viscosity). Doing so, usually requests inversion of basal sliding from satellite data. Explaining this in a forum post is not possible - this is far from being trivial. I would recommend you studying the material from last advanced Elmer/Ice course which is to be found in the Elmer/Ice Wiki (courses). To re-emphasize: There is a vast difference between an Antarctic ice stream and a poly-thermal alpine glacier, so you cannot just take the unaltered solver input file of the latter to build a simulation for your problem.


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Re: can elmerice compute ice velocity

Postby lusaisai » 17 Nov 2015, 13:55

Hi Thomas, thank you for your reply.

The units in the picture from Rignot are m/year, and I also replace the temperature in the sif according to data from the weather station.
Your answer is helpful for me , I think I should think about the basal sliding if I want to get the velocity map.

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