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In situ measurements of snow accumulation in the Amundsen Sea Embayment during 2016

Johnson, Joanne S.; O'Donnell, John P.; Thomas, Elizabeth R.. 2018 In situ measurements of snow accumulation in the Amundsen Sea Embayment during 2016. Antarctic Science, 30 (3). 197-203. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102018000068

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Abstract/Summary

Measurements of snow accumulation are critical for reliable prediction of future ice mass loss and hence projections of sea level change. However, there are currently very few published in situ measurements of snow accumulation in the Pine Island–Thwaites glacier catchment of the Amundsen Sea Embayment, and none from low elevation sites west of 100.77° longitude. Here measurements of snow accumulation over an 11 month period in 2016 are reported for six sites in the Pine Island–Thwaites glacier catchment. The average accumulation rates of 0.10±0.01 to 1.26±0.22 m w.e. yr-1 are comparable with those derived from airborne radar for the period 1985–2009, suggesting very high rates of snowfall, particularly in the vicinity of the grounding line.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102018000068
ISSN: 0954-1020
Additional Keywords: ERA-interim re-analysis, grounding line, ice sheet, Pine Island Glacier, Thwaites Glacier
Date made live: 28 Feb 2018 09:38 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/519418

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