Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics Seminar: Harihar Rajaram
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The Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics presents Harihar Rajaram, a professor in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, who will discuss "A Computational Model for Transient Evolving Subglacial Hydrology" in a seminar jointly hosted by Charles Meneveau, a professor in JHU's Department of Mechanical Engineering).
Subglacial hydrology (hydraulics) has a strong inﬂuence on glacier and ice sheet dynamics, particularly through the dependence of sliding velocity on subglacial water pressure. Surface velocity records from Greenland indicate substantial increases in ice velocity during the melt season, resulting from basal lubrication as water enters the ice sheet and flows under the bed. Signiﬁcant challenges are involved in modeling subglacial hydrology, as the drainage geometry and ﬂow mechanics are constantly evolving with complex feedbacks that play out between water and ice. I will presenting the mass, momentum and energy equations for hydraulic systems within ice sheets and glaciers; their simplification for computationally efficient large-scale modeling; and our implementation of a subglacial hydrology model.
A clear tradition has been established in the subglacial hydrology modeling literature of distinguishing between channelized ("efﬁcient") and sheet-like ("inefﬁcient" or "distributed") drainage systems or components and using slightly different forms of the governing equations in each subsystem to represent the dominant physics. Specifically, many previous subglacial hydrology models disregard opening by melt in the sheet-like system or redistribute it to adjacent channel elements in order to avoid runaway growth that occurs when it is included in the sheet-like system. We present a new subglacial hydrology model, SHAKTI (Subglacial Hydrology and Kinetic, Transient Interactions), in which a single set of governing equations is used everywhere, including opening by melt in the entire domain. SHAKTI employs a generalized relationship between the subglacial water ﬂux and the hydraulic gradient that allows for the representation of laminar, turbulent, and transitional regimes depending on the local Reynolds number. This formulation allows for the coexistence of these ﬂow regimes in different regions, and the conﬁguration and geometry of the subglacial system evolves naturally to represent sheet-like drainage as well as systematic channelized drainage under appropriate conditions. We present steady and transient example simulations to illustrate the features and capabilities of the model and to examine sensitivity to mesh size and time step size.
This talk is based on the Ph.D. thesis of my student Aleah Sommers at the University of Colorado. I also acknowledge our co-author Mathieu Morlighem who facilitated implementation of the model within ISSM (Integrated Ice Sheet System Model) developed at JPL.
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