How dark impurities accumulate and enhance glacier ice melt

In this work I looked more into detail of the surface processes on the ice sheet itself. I developed several equations for different processes and coded everything in Mathematica. Again with a nice GUI for all the model parameters and the data visualisation.

I used methods of data science and machine learning to find the optimal parameter configurations.

By the way the large header image shows sand from the Japanese temple Ginkaku-ji. The dirt on the ice surface of Greenland is not that neatly arranged.

flow chart processes GUI2

Citation: Goelles, T., Bøggild, C. E.: Albedo reduction of ice caused by dust and black carbon accumulation: a model applied to the K-transect, West Greenland, Journal of Glaciology, 63(242):1063 – 1076, December 2017.