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The symmetry group of the CAFFE model

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A new ice-sheet flow model called CAFFE (Continuum-mechanical Anisotropic Flow model based on an anisotropic Flow Enhancement factor) has recently become a source of considerable controversy within the glaciological community. Its main proponents (Placidi, Greve and Seddik) defend the thesis that this model can describe the effect of induced anisotropy on ice-sheet flow, while others assert that the CAFFE model is merely an isotropic model. Here I resolve this dispute by rigorously deriving the symmetry group of the CAFFE model.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-12-01

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