# Solution of the Blatter-Pattyn model

The final form of the equations we'd like to solve is:

### Operating Splitting

Again, note that for the *x* equation we've moved all the terms containing gradients in *v* to the right-hand side (RHS).

We've set it up this way in order to solve the equations using an **operator splitting** approach; for the *x* equation, we treat *v* as known (where we take the values of *v* from the previous iteration) and solve for *u*, and vice versa when we solve they *y* equation for *v*. The "splitting" refers to the fact that we are breaking the multi-dimensional divergence operation into multiple steps. Rather than solving one big matrix equation for *u* and *v* simultaneously we solve two smaller matrix equations in sequence with one of the unknowns treated as a known "source" term.

### Sigma Coordinate

As with the 0-order model, we need to change from Cartesian to sigma coordinates. The first normal-stress term first term on the left-hand side becomes

Pattyn introduces a dimensionless vertical coordinate so that variations in ice thickness do not complicate the numerical treatment considerably (Pattyn 2003). This dimensionless vertical coordinate is referred to as by Pattyn. I will refer to it as for consistency with CISM's existing notation. The rescaled coordinate is defined as:

This means that at the surface of the ice sheet , and at the base regardless of the ice thickness (Pattyn 2003). As a result of this transformation, a coordinate is mapped to (Pattyn 2003). This means that function derivatives must be re-written (using as an example) as:

Similarly for and . Pattyn simplifies this by assuming that

and

.

This assumption is valid if the bed and surface gradients are not too large (Pattyn 2003). This simplifies the above to:

Rescaling parameters , , , , and are defined. Presenting the x derivative case, as the y derivative case is analogous,

Using these, expressions for the x derivatives become:

where hatted values refer to the coordinate directions in sigma coordinates. Similarly, the first cross-stress term on the RHS is given by

One term has become five terms and each one of those is pretty scary looking on its own. Luckily, there is also a lot of symmetry here. Notice that if we wanted to design subroutines to discretize the terms on the RHS, we could re-use a lot of them by either applying them to the correct velocity component (either to the *u* OR the *v* discretization) or by passing the appropriate arguments (pass either the grid spacing in the *x* direction OR the *y* direction, where appropriate). There is still a lot of work here ...

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