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Combining upper crust and lithosphere contributions to heat flow models


Reading, A and Staal, T and Halpin, J and Whittaker, J, Combining upper crust and lithosphere contributions to heat flow models, POLAR2018 Open Science Conference Abstract Proceedings, 19-23 June 2018, Davos, Switzerland, pp. 2479. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Geothermal heat supplied to the base of Antarctic ice sheets, and the spatial variation of supplied heat, is an important input model parameter in ice sheet models. Continental models of heat flow (usually referred to in the cryosphere research community as heat flux density, abbreviated to heat flux) may be generated using seismic wavespeed tomography maps or by inference from other geophysical observables. Upper crustal models, however, are generated directly from measuring the heat production of dominant or particularly radiogenic lithologies. In this contribution, we combine upper crust and lithosphere contributions to heat flow models with a focus on East Antarctica, including the continental interior which is covered by ice of several kilometres thickness. We review alternative approaches to combining low resolution information on the deeper lithosphere with broad spatial coverage, and high resolution information with very limited spatial coverage relating to the upper crustal. Providing effective estimates of the heat supplied by the upper crust is an important research goal due to the significance of small pockets of elevated heat flow on ice sheet models. Our model for East Antarctica represents a step towards future probabilistic approaches to solid Earth constraints for ice sheet models.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Antarctica, lithosphere, heat flux
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geophysics
Research Field:Geodynamics
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, A (Professor Anya Reading)
UTAS Author:Staal, T (Mr Tobias Staal)
UTAS Author:Halpin, J (Dr Jacqueline Halpin)
UTAS Author:Whittaker, J (Associate Professor Jo Whittaker)
ID Code:131210
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2019-03-06
Last Modified:2019-03-07

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