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A history of spatial sciences on the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica


Janssen, V and Hurd, R, A history of spatial sciences on the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, Proceedings of the Spatial Science Institute Biennial International Conference (SSC2007), Hobart, Tasmania Australia, 14-18 May 2007, May, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 46-62. ISBN 978-0-9581366-6-2 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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The Antarctic climate system involves many complex interactions between the atmosphere, oceans and ice and is sensitive to variations in these components. Ice shelves represent the ice-ocean-atmosphere interface of the Antarctic continent and are therefore very important indicators of climate change in the region. The Amery Ice Shelf is the largest ice shelf in East Antarctica and has been the focus of many scientific research projects over the past 50 years. In this paper we present a history of the use of spatial science techniques from basic survey equipment to satellite systems in Australian research projects based on the Amery Ice Shelf (and surrounding glaciers) since 1955. The application of these spatial data to projects primarily based in the fields of geodesy, glaciology, climatology, and oceanography has allowed the measurement and monitoring of the physical, dynamic and environmental characteristics of this large and remote region. This new information provides scientists with a better understanding of the ice shelf/ocean/atmosphere system allowing future monitoring to observe the effects of global climate change.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Antarctic, Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, climate, climate change, global warming, spatial science techniques
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Janssen, V (Dr Volker Janssen)
UTAS Author:Hurd, R (Dr Rachael Hurd)
ID Code:48414
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2013-01-15
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