Detecting surface meltwater in glacial bare-ice areas
In glacial bare-ice areas, the often developed porous, low-density ‘weathering crust’ (WC) causes sub-surface melting and dramatically changes the surface albedo and thus melt rates. However, Surface Mass Balance (SMB) models lack fundamental limitations on the production and fate of meltwater in bare-ice areas. The EU-funded IceMelt3D project will detect the production and fate of surface meltwater in glacial bare-ice areas to improve the skill of Surface Mass Balance (SMB) models in forecasting melt and runoff of considerable ice loss. The project will focus on numerically quantifying ablation area processes in the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Canada and develop the Regional Climate Model (RCM) ‘MAR’ for SMB reconstruction of the QEI ice caps.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeMSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships
Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.
T5J 4P6 Edmonton Alberta
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