Anisotropic Radial Basis Function Methods for Continental Size Ice Sheet Simulations

27 Nov 2017  ·  Cheng Gong, Shcherbakov Victor ·

In this paper we develop and implement anisotropic radial basis function methods for simulating the dynamics of ice sheets and glaciers. We test the methods on two problems: the well-known benchmark ISMIP-HOM B that corresponds to a glacier size ice and a synthetic ice sheet whose geometry is inspired by the EISMINT benchmark that corresponds to a continental size ice sheet... We illustrate the advantages of the radial basis function methods over a standard finite element method. We also show how the use of anisotropic radial basis functions allows for accurate simulation of the velocities on a large ice sheet, which was not possible with standard isotropic radial basis function methods due to a large aspect ratio between the ice length and the ice thickness. Additionally, we implement a partition of unity method in order to improve the computational efficiency of the radial basis function methods. read more

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Numerical Analysis Fluid Dynamics