Inverse methods in glaciology

G. Hilmar Gudmundsson*

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Inverse methods are ideally suited for the indirect estimation of a large number of model parameters. Such problems arise naturally in many types of glaciological modeling work, the prime example being the indirect estimation of basal boundary parameters on ice streams using surface data. In the future, inverse methods can be expected to play an increasing role in glaciological modeling work. In particular, the use of inverse methods for model initialization when forecasting the near-future (several decades) behavior of ice sheets is an interesting prospect.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers
Number of pages4
VolumePart 3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEncyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
ISSN (Print)1388-4360


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