High basal melting rates within high-precipitation temperate glaciers

Alexander, David, Shulmeister, James and Davies, Tim (2011) High basal melting rates within high-precipitation temperate glaciers. Journal of Glaciology, 57 205: 789-795. doi:10.3189/002214311798043726

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Author Alexander, David
Shulmeister, James
Davies, Tim
Title High basal melting rates within high-precipitation temperate glaciers
Journal name Journal of Glaciology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1430
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3189/002214311798043726
Volume 57
Issue 205
Start page 789
End page 795
Total pages 7
Place of publication Cambridge, United King
Publisher International Glaciological Society
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The role of basal melting within high-precipitation temperate glaciers represents a significant gap in understanding glacier melting processes. We use a basal melt equation to calculate geothermal and frictional heat-induced basal melt and develop an equation to calculate the rainfall-induced basal melt for Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand, a high-precipitation, temperate glacier. Additionally, we calculate basal melt due to heat dissipation within water and ice. Data collated from published information on glacier dynamics and climate station readings show that total basal melt contributes on average ∼2.50 m a-1 over the lower to mid-ablation zone (300-1500 m a.s.l.), which is equivalent to >10% of the total ablation for the glacier. This indicates that basal melting is an important component of mass balance for high-precipitation, temperate glaciers.
Keyword Franz Josef Glacier
O Hine Hukatere
New Zealand
Climate change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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