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Ice sheet hydrology from observations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology (INK).
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report summarizes our understanding of ice sheet hydrology as reported on observations from Antarctica and Greenland. Much of our general understanding of ice sheet hydrological processes are based on work performed on valley glaciers. Since processes do not differ in function but perhaps in magnitude, the understanding gained from smaller glaciers work applies to ice sheets. Hence, this report does not deal with such basic processes. Glacier hydrological investigations on ice sheets have been few but are perhaps accelerating in numbers with the increased focus on both Greenland and Antarctica from the scientific community in the light of effects from climate change. The process oriented studies carried out over the past 50 years or so have not generally been much applied to ice sheets and observations on the morphology of ice sheet and valley glacier hydrological systems have not been connected although most glacier hydrologists would not consider such parallels a stretch of their imagination. Much of the new studies on ice sheet hydrology, thus far, fits in two categories. One concerns verification of well-documented processes but on an ice sheet scale; the other concerns ice sheet specific features. These categories constitute the basis for this report.

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Stockholm: Svensk kärnbränslehantering AB , 2010. , 59 p.
, SKB Technical Report, ISSN 1404-0344 ; TR-10-68
Keyword [en]
Ice sheet, hydrology
National Category
Physical Geography
Research subject
Physical Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52474OAI: diva2:387814
Peer-reviewed reportAvailable from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-14 Last updated: 2011-01-19Bibliographically approved

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