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The spatio-temporal patterns of landfast ice in Antarctica during 2006-2011 and 2016-2017 using high-resolution SAR imagery


Li, X and Shokr, M and Hui, F and Chi, Z and Heil, P and Chen, Z and Yu, Y and Zhai, M and Cheng, X, The spatio-temporal patterns of landfast ice in Antarctica during 2006-2011 and 2016-2017 using high-resolution SAR imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 242 Article 111736. ISSN 0034-4257 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.rse.2020.111736


Landfast ice is an important component of the Antarctic sea ice regime. It affects the Antarctic climate and ecological system. In this study, the first high-resolution, long time series of the landfast ice edge from 2006 to 2011 and 2016 to 2017 is presented. The dataset was produced based on the improved net gradient difference algorithm using 2470 SAR scenes from ENVISAT and Sentinel-1A/B as well as manual analysis of MODIS imagery to fill in SAR data gaps. The study results show that the landfast ice area in November for all studied years was approximately 49.49 ± 3.25 × 104 km2, accounting for about 3%–4% of the total Antarctic sea ice area. The maximum area was 55.70 × 104 km2 in November 2007, compared to the minimum area 44.01 × 104 km2 in 2011. The area in West Antarctica was about 40% of that in East Antarctica. The distribution of landfast ice in Antarctica has significant regional differences. The extent in the Indian Ocean sector is the maximum with a mean value of 16.49 ± 1.1 × 104 km2; however, the ratio of the landfast ice area to the sea ice area in the Pacific Ocean sector is the highest. Twenty-four landfast ice zones with groups of small, grounded icebergs were identified, most of which were located in East Antarctica, particularly along the Wilkes Land and Oates Land. Two cases are presented to illustrate how giant, grounded icebergs affected landfast ice. Results from this study are well suited to underpin the Antarctic climate or ecological system studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic, fast ice, high-resolution circumpolar mapping, spatio-temporal patterns, Antarctica, SAR images, remote sensing
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean ice dynamics
UTAS Author:Heil, P (Dr Petra Heil)
ID Code:150339
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Australian Antarctic Program Partnership
Deposited On:2022-06-09
Last Modified:2022-11-10

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