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Solid Earth-cryosphere interaction with a focus on East Antarctica


Reading, AM and King, M and Jong, L and Warjri, D and Halpin, J and Whittaker, J and Sauermilch, I and Staal, T and Maritati, A and Roberts, J and Phipps, S and Chase, Z and Noble, T and Pesjak, L and Tooze, S, Solid Earth-cryosphere interaction with a focus on East Antarctica, POLAR2018 Open Science Conference Abstract Proceedings, 19-23 June 2018, Davos, Switzerland, pp. 1608. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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This contribution focuses on the interplay between the solid Earth and the cryosphere with the aim of progressing knowledge of ice extent and retreat history, and Antarctica´s contribution to sea level change, via observation and modelling. Solid Earth-cryosphere interaction research requires an interdisciplinary approach which is facilitated through the Antarctic Gateway Partnership research program centred in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. New observations are provided through onshore and marine basement rock and sediment sampling, and GPS, seismic and airborne geophysics data collection. These observations are carried out in the context of ice sheet modelling at both basin scale and continental scale.

We investigate the Earth deformation, including horizontal motion, associated with ice sheet evolution. We also improve constraints on geothermal heat as an ice sheet model input by combining information from geological, plate tectonic and geophysical inputs. The present day research findings are placed in the context of paleo ice sheet models which consider a coupled ice sheet / ocean / solid Earth framework. With a focus on East Antarctica, we find that the major ice sheets and their basement catchments behave with contrasting sets of controls. Through our combined approaches, we are better able to constrain model inputs, understand the impact of uncertainty in model inputs and investigate the impact of feedbacks between Earth systems.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Antarctica, solid Earth-cryosphere interaction
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Structural geology and tectonics
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Reading, AM (Professor Anya Reading)
UTAS Author:King, M (Professor Matt King)
UTAS Author:Jong, L (Dr Lenneke Jong)
UTAS Author:Warjri, D (Ms Doreen Warjri)
UTAS Author:Halpin, J (Dr Jacqueline Halpin)
UTAS Author:Whittaker, J (Associate Professor Jo Whittaker)
UTAS Author:Sauermilch, I (Miss Isabel Sauermilch)
UTAS Author:Staal, T (Mr Tobias Staal)
UTAS Author:Maritati, A (Mr Alessandro Maritati)
UTAS Author:Roberts, J (Dr Jason Roberts)
UTAS Author:Phipps, S (Dr Steven Phipps)
UTAS Author:Chase, Z (Professor Zanna Chase)
UTAS Author:Noble, T (Dr Taryn Noble)
UTAS Author:Pesjak, L (Mrs Lea Pesjak)
UTAS Author:Tooze, S (Miss Sian Tooze)
ID Code:131206
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2019-03-06
Last Modified:2019-03-06
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