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Using the unstable manifold correction in a Picard iteration to solve the velocity field in higher-order ice-flow models

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Abstract:

We address the usefulness of the unstable manifold correction (UMC) in a Picard iteration for the solution of the velocity field in higher-order ice-flow models. We explain under- and overshooting and how one can remedy them. We then discuss the rationale behind the UMC, initially developed to remedy overshooting, and how it was previously introduced in a Picard iteration to calculate the velocity field in higher-order models. Using a laminar-flow experiment with two higher-order model implementations, we demonstrate that it is not overshooting, but undershooting, that is the main problem when using a proper implementation for the calculation of the velocity field in higher-order models. We also consider a variant of the original UMC algorithm that often enables a relatively fast solution, but is theoretically less sound. Therefore, neither the variant nor the original algorithm is suited for these problems. We present a more appropriate, stable and simple relaxed Picard algorithm and demonstrate that, compared to the true Picard iteration and the variant of the original UMC algorithm, it results in a faster solution of the velocity field in higher-order models for problems with real data.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3189/002214310791968395

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • The Journal of Glaciology is published six times per year. It accepts submissions from any discipline related to the study of snow and ice. All articles are peer reviewed. The Journal is included in the ISI Science Citation Index.
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