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Recommendations for the collection and synthesis of Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance data

Abdalati, W.; Allison, I.; Carsey, F.; Casassa, G.; Fily, M.; Frezzotti, M.; Fricker, H.A.; Genthon, C.; Goodwin, I.; Guo, Z.; Hamilton, G.S.; Hindmarsh, R.C.A.; Hulbe, C.L.; Jacka, T.H.; Jezek, K.C.; Kwok, R.; Li, J.; Nixdorf, U.; Paltridge, G.; Rignot, E.; Ritz, C.; Satow, K.; Scambos, T.A.; Shuman, C.; Skvarca, P.; Takahashi, S.; van de Wal, R.S.W.; Vaughan, D.G.; Wang, W.L.; Warner, R.C.; Wingham, D.J.; Young, N.W.; Zwally, H.J.. 2004 Recommendations for the collection and synthesis of Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance data. Global and Planetary Change, 42 (1-4). 1-15. 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2003.11.008

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Abstract/Summary

Recent unexpected changes in the Antarctic Ice Sheet, including ice sheet thinning, ice shelf collapse and changes in ice velocities, along with the recent realization that as much as one third of ice shelf mass loss is due to bottom melt, place a new urgency on understanding the processes involved in these changes. Technological advances, including very new or forthcoming satellite-based (e.g. ICESat, CryoSat) remote sensing missions, will improve our ability to make meaningful determinations of changes in Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance. This paper is the result of a workshop held to develop a strategy for international collaboration aimed at the collection and synthesis of Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance data, and at understanding the processes involved so that we might predict future change. Nine sets of recommendations are made, concerning the most important and sensitive measurements, temporal ranges and study areas. A final tenth recommendation calls for increased synthesis of ice sheet data and communication between the field measurement, satellite observation and modelling communities.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2003.11.008
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Global Interactions of the Antarctic Ice Sheet
ISSN: 0921-8181
Additional Keywords: Antarctica, ice sheet, ice shelf, ice mass balance, remote sensing
NORA Subject Terms: Glaciology
Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Date made live: 18 Jan 2012 14:54
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/12212

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