[AGU2019] Session C029 - Processes on, within and around debris-covered glaciers
We’d like to point your attention to our session at the upcoming AGU2019 focusing on processes related to debris-covered glaciers (https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm19/prelim.cgi/Session/75080). We hope to bring together researchers from glaciology as well as geomorphology to enable a more holistic view and with Ann Rowan (University of Sheffield) and Leif Anderson (GFZ Potsdam) have two exciting invited speakers lined up. Deadline for submissions of abstracts is the 31st of July.
Debris-covered glaciers, characterized by a continuous layer of rock material on their tongue, are common in high-relief, highly-erodible mountain ranges. The extent of debris layers appears to be expanding as glaciers respond to a warming climate, potentially insulating more ice and reducing melt. Although considerable progress has been made in recent years in understanding the behaviour of debris-covered glaciers, many fundamental processes on, within and surrounding this glacier type remain ill-understood. A wide range of expertise is required, as debris-covered glacier processes cross the fields of glaciology, geology, geomorphology, hydrology and meteorology in unique ways. In particular, this session aims to improve process understanding related to debris-type glaciers by bringing together contributions that include, but are not limited to i) models and concepts of surface processes, glacier dynamics or energy balance, and ii) in-situ and remote sensing observations that range from the very small to glacial and landscape-wide scales.