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Simulation of Run-Off from the Greenland Ice Sheet for Planning Hydro-Electric Power, Ilulissat/Jakobshavn, West Greenland

  • Roger J. Braithwaite (a1) and Henrik Højmark Thomsen (a1)

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Simulations of run-off from the Greenland ice sheet were made as part of a feasibility study for provision of hydroelectric power for Ilulissat/Jakobshavn, West Greenland. The aims were to see if the available short series of run-off measurements are typical of those under present climatic conditions, and to assess possible changes in run-off likely to be caused by gross changes in drainage pattern on the ice sheet. Specific run-off was calculated from climatological data, whilst run-off volumes were calculated by integrating specific run-off over the area of the ice sheet. There have been substantial year-to-year variations in run-off, but the 6 year measurement period is reasonably representative of present climatic conditions. Run-off could be reduced by 21% as a result of changes in hydraulic conditions on the ice sheet without this having a significant effect on the economy of the planned hydro-electric power station.

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Simulation of Run-Off from the Greenland Ice Sheet for Planning Hydro-Electric Power, Ilulissat/Jakobshavn, West Greenland

  • Roger J. Braithwaite (a1) and Henrik Højmark Thomsen (a1)

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