Numerical modeling of glacier flow

Model ID: 1761


Glacier ice is generally treated as an incompressible, heat-conducting non-Newtonian fluid. The viscosity of ice depends on temperature and on the state of deformation.

In the case of Storglaciären, however, the influence of temperature-dependent viscosity on the general flow field of the glacier is small. With COMSOL Multiphysics, it is relatively easy to verify that neglecting this temperature-dependence is justified.

This model was built using the following:

COMSOL Multiphysics