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Surface impedence tomography for Antarctic sea ice


Sampson, C and Golden, K and Gully, A and Worby, AP, Surface impedence tomography for Antarctic sea ice, Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 58, (9-10) pp. 1149-1157. ISSN 0967-0645 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.12.003


During the 2007 SIPEX expedition in pack ice off the coast of East Antarctica, we measured the electrical conductivity of sea ice via surface impedance tomography. Resistance data from classical four-probe Wenner arrays on the surfaces of ice floes were used to indirectly reconstruct the conductivity profiles with depth, involving both the horizontal and vertical components. A common problem with these reconstructions is the lack of uniqueness of the inversions, which worsens as the number of layers in the model increases. In the past, three layer inversions have been used to help avoid non-uniqueness. However, this approach assumes that the conductivity profile of sea ice does not change very much with depth. In order to investigate the conductivity profiles one needs to use more layers in the reconstruction. A reasonable starting model is a useful tool that can be used to regularize the inverse problem, allowing a reconstruction that not only matches the Wenner impedance data but the actual profile. Using measurements of brine volume fraction for 10 cm sections of ice cores taken at the Wenner array site, and various models relating brine volume fraction to conductivity, we compare the predicted conductivity profiles based on the models to the reconstructions from the tomographic measurements. We note the close agreement with the actual data for some models and the inadequacy of others. Such models could be useful in finding a reasonable starting point for regularizing inversions, and using n-layer models to reconstruct accurate conductivity profiles. Our results help to provide a rigorous basis for electromagnetic methods of obtaining sea ice thickness data, a key gauge of the impact of climate change in the polar regions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Worby, AP (Professor Anthony Worby)
ID Code:73339
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2011-09-26
Last Modified:2011-09-26

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