Till beneath ice stream B. 4. A coupled ice-till flow model

R. B. Alley, D. D. Blankenship, S. T. Rooney, C. R. Bentley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

99 Scopus citations


An analytic, steady state solution for ice stream B shows that till viscosity decreases slowly downstream, probably in response to decreasing effective pressure downstream. Nonsteady numerical experiments with fixed ice thicknesses at the ends show that a marginal perturbation causes a wave of adjustment to travel the length of the ice stream in about 50 years, with a new steady state in about 200 years. Changes in till thickness tend to moderate perturbations in the ice and thus stabilize the system. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8931-8940
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberB9
StatePublished - 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


Dive into the research topics of 'Till beneath ice stream B. 4. A coupled ice-till flow model'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this