Articles | Volume 23, issue 11
Research article
05 Nov 2019
Research article |  | 05 Nov 2019

Groundwater–glacier meltwater interaction in proglacial aquifers

Brighid É. Ó Dochartaigh, Alan M. MacDonald, Andrew R. Black, Jez Everest, Paul Wilson, W. George Darling, Lee Jones, and Mike Raines


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (13 Jul 2019) by Wouter Buytaert
AR by Alan MacDonald on behalf of the Authors (30 Jul 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (22 Sep 2019) by Wouter Buytaert
AR by Alan MacDonald on behalf of the Authors (28 Sep 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
We provide evidence of high groundwater storage and flow in catchments with active glaciers. Groundwater is found within gravels at the front of glaciers and replenished by both ice melt and precipitation. We studied a glacier in Iceland for 3 years, characterising the aquifer properties and measuring groundwater, river flow and precipitation. The results are important for accurately measuring meltwater and show that groundwater can provide strategic water supplies in de-glaciating catchments.