Articles | Volume 23, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4527–4539, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-4527-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4527–4539, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-4527-2019

Research article 05 Nov 2019

Research article | 05 Nov 2019

Groundwater–glacier meltwater interaction in proglacial aquifers

Brighid É. Ó Dochartaigh et al.

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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.