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Investigating the potential to determine the upstream accumulation rate, using mass flux calculations along a cross-section on a small tributary glacier in Heimefrontfjella, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. (Glaciologi)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Environment and Landscape Dynamics. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. Miljö- och landskapsdynamik.
2004 (English)In: Annals of Glaciology, ISSN 0260-3055, E-ISSN 1727-5644, Vol. 39, no 1, 175-180 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How well can we estimate the incoming ice flux by calculating the ice flux through a well-defined cross-section? We test this by comparing calculated ice flux out from the small glacier Bonnevie-Svendsenbreen with the measured accumulation rate integrated over the well-defined catchment area in the Sivorgfjella plateau, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica (74°45′S, 11°10′W). The ice flux is calculated using ice-dynamical properties from an ice temperature model and the distribution of forces calculated using a force-budget model. The input we use includes velocity data of the glacier surface, combined with ice-thickness measurements. The result is an accumulation rate on the Sivorgfjella plateau of 0.50 ± 0.05 m w.e.a−1. We find that this is similar to the accumulation rate recorded by ground-penetrating radar work in the area. We therefore find the balance-flow method, in combination with the force-budget technique and ice temperature modeling, to be a useful tool for studies of mass fluxes in a catchment area. The most important source of uncertainty in these calculations is the quality and the spatial distribution of the ice surface velocity data. The high accumulation rate shows the effect of orographic enhancement on accumulation in montane areas in Antarctica.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 39, no 1, 175-180 p.
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-91615DOI: 10.3189/172756404781814555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-91615DiVA: diva2:164409
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Papers from the Seventh International Symposium on Antarctic Glaciology(ISAG-7)held at Milano, Italy,25-29 August, 2003
Available from: 2004-04-16 Created: 2004-04-16 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Force Budget Analysis of Glacier Flow: Ice Dynamical Studies on Storglaciären, Sweden, and Ice Flow Investigations of Outlet Glaciers in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Force Budget Analysis of Glacier Flow: Ice Dynamical Studies on Storglaciären, Sweden, and Ice Flow Investigations of Outlet Glaciers in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Kraftbudgetanalys av glacialt flöde : Isdynamiska studier på Storglaciären, Sverige, och isflödesundersökningar av utlöparglaciärer i Drottning Maud Land, Antarktis
Abstract [en]

This thesis contributes to the understanding of glacier response to climate change by ice dynamical studies on Storglaciären, Sweden, and Bonnevie-Svendsenbreen, Kibergbreen and Plogbreen in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Ice surface velocities, ice geometry and temperature information is fed through a force budget model to calculate ice mass outflux of these glacial systems via three-dimensional stress distributions for a flux-gate.

Field data were collected through repeated DGPS and GPR observations on Storglaciären between July 2000 to September 2001 and on Kibergbreen and Plobreen during the SWEDARP 2002/03 expedition to Antarctica. The work was strongly supported by remotely-sensed information.

The results from Storglaciären show a strength in the force budget model to discern both spatial and temporal variability in ice dynamical patterns. It highlights the influence of seasonality and bedrock topography upon glacier flow. A modeling experiment on Bonnevie-Svendsenbreen suggested that ice temperature increases substantially under conditions of high stress (≥0.4 MPa) due to strain-heating. This provides a positive feedback loop, increasing ice deformation, as long as it overcomes the advection of cool ice from the surface. These results explain, to some extent, the mechanism behind fast flowing ice streams. Mass flux caclulations from Bonnevie-Svendsenbreen suggest that the outflux given from force budget calculations can be used as a gauge for influx assuming steady state conditions. Plogbreen receives an influx of 0.48±0.1 km3 a-1 and expedites a discharge volume of 0.55±0.05 km3 a-1. This indicative negative mass balance is explained by a falling trend in upstream accumulation and the recent rise in global sea level, as it is likely to induce glacier acceleration due to a reduction in resistive forces at the site of the gate. This result is comparable with other Antarctic studies reporting negative mass balances, e.g. from WAIS, as caused by changes in the global atmospheric circulation pattern.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2004. 71 p.
Series
Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1104-232X ; 963
Keyword
Physical geography and sedimentology, force budget, ice flux, ice dynamics, mass balance, strain heating, climate change, Storglaciären, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, Naturgeografi och sedimentologi
National Category
Physical Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-4219 (URN)91-554-5936-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2004-05-14, Hambergsalen, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, 10:00
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