EGU2020-9665, updated on 12 Jun 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-9665
EGU General Assembly 2020
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The effect of the blocking of impact ocean waves by the crevasse-ridden ice shelf

Yuri Konovalov1,2
Yuri Konovalov
  • 1Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • 2National University of Science and Technology MISIS, Moscow, Russian Federation

The propagation of high-frequency elastic-flexural waves through an ice shelf was modeled by a full 3-D elastic model, which also takes into account sub-ice seawater flow. The sea water flow is described by the wave equation. Numerical experiments were undertaken both for an intact ice shelf free of crevasses, which has idealized rectangular geometry, and for a crevasse-ridden ice shelf. The crevasses were modeled as triangle/rectangular notches into the ice shelf. The obtained dispersion spectra (the dispersion curves describing the wavenumber/periodicity relation) are not continuous. The spectra reveal gaps that provide the transition from n-th mode to (n+1)-th mode. These gaps are observed both for an intact ice shelf free of crevasses and for a crevasse-ridden ice shelf. They are aligned with the minimums in the amplitude spectrum. That is the ice shelf essentially blocks the impact wave at this transition. However, the dispersion spectrum obtained for a crevasse-ridden ice shelf, has a qualitatively difference from that obtained for an intact ice shelf free of crevasses. Moreover, the dispersion spectrum obtained for a crevasse-ridden ice shelf reveals the band gap – the zone there no eigenmodes exist (Freed-Brown and others, 2012). The numerical experiments with the crevasse-ridden ice tongue that is 16 km in longitudinal extent, 0.8km width and 100m thick, were undertaken for a wide range of the periodicities of the incident wave: from 5 s to 250 s. The obtained dispersion spectra reveal two band gaps in this range: the first band gap at about 20 s and the second band gap at about 7 s for 1km spatial periodicity of the crevasses. The width of the band gap significantly increases when the crevasses depth increases too. Respectively, the amplitude spectra reveal significantly increasing area of periodicities/frequencies where the ice shelf blocks the impact wave.

References

Freed-Brown, J., Amundson, J., MacAyeal, D., & Zhang, W. (2012). Blocking a wave: Frequency band gaps in ice shelves with periodic crevasses. Annals of Glaciology, 53(60), 85-89. doi:10.3189/2012AoG60A120

Konovalov, Y.V. (2019). Ice-shelf vibrations modeled by a full 3-D elastic model. Annals of Glaciology, 1-7. doi:10.1017/aog.2019.9

How to cite: Konovalov, Y.: The effect of the blocking of impact ocean waves by the crevasse-ridden ice shelf, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-9665, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-9665, 2020

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