Tidal flexure at ice shelf margins

Vaughan, David G. ORCID: 1995 Tidal flexure at ice shelf margins. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 100 (B4). 6213-6224.

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


Hinge zones accommodate the differential tidal movement between floating ice shelves, which move with the sea tide, and grounded ice sheets, which do not. Observations on Rutford Ice Stream and Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, using the kinematic method of Global Positioning System, have yielded the first continuous tidal displacement profiles from an ice sheet hinge zone. The form of these tidal displacement profiles indicates that the flexure can be fit to an elastic beam model using a parameter space optimization technique. The model matches the observed tidal deflection profile to within 5 cm which is similar to the observational uncertainty. The same model and parameter fitting technique is then successfully applied to various other published and unpublished tidal displacement data from Doake Ice Rumples, Bach Ice Shelf, and Ekström Ice Shelf, Antarctica, and Jakobshavns Glacier, Greenland. I conclude that the elastic beam model with a single value of the elastic modulus (0.88±0.35 GPa) adequately describes almost all the data and so can usefully be applied elsewhere. Earlier studies of tidal dissipation in ice shelf hinge zones, based on a viscous or transient creep rheology, showed that perhaps 30% of global tidal energy dissipation could be occurring in ice shelf hinge zones. This study suggests, however, that an elastic rheology may be equally appropriate, in which case this estimation of the tidal energy dissipation is excessively high.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 01480227
Date made live: 17 Jan 2017 08:38 +0 (UTC)

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

Downloads for past 30 days

Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...