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Comparison between computed balance velocities and GPS measurements in the Lambert Glacier basin, East Antarctica


Testut, L and Hurd, R and Coleman, R and Remy, F and Legresy, B, Comparison between computed balance velocities and GPS measurements in the Lambert Glacier basin, East Antarctica, Annals of Glaciology, 37 pp. 337-343. ISSN 0260-3055 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3189/172756403781815672


Comparisons between computed balance velocities, obtained from two different computing schemes, and global positioning system (GPS)-derived velocities were made in the Lambert Glacier basin region, East Antarctica. The two computing schemes used for the balance-velocity computations (a flowline (FL) scheme (Rémy and Minster, 1993) and a finite-difference (BW) scheme (Budd and Warner, 1996; Fricker and others, 2000) were first evaluated and compared. One of the key issues studied was the spatial resolution of the digital elevation model (DEM), representing the surface topography of the ice sheet, and the sensitivity of the balance velocities to the length of smoothing applied to the DEM. Comparison with the GPS velocities validated the two schemes to within 5-25% but showed the high sensitivity of the flowline method to the length scale of the smoothing. The finite-difference scheme was found to be robust to the chosen smoothing scale, but the balance-velocity values increased when a finer-resolution DEM was used. Both FL and BW computing schemes tended to overestimate the balance velocities in comparison with the GPS values; some of this discrepancy can be attributed to ice-sheet sliding. © International Glaciological Society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hurd, R (Dr Rachael Hurd)
UTAS Author:Coleman, R (Professor Richard Coleman)
ID Code:28713
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-20

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