A "continuity-index" for assessing ice-sheet dynamics from radar-sounded internal layers

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Nanna Bjørnholt Karlsson, David Rippin, Robert G. Bingham, David Vaughan

Radio-echo sounding (RES) of polar icesheets reveals extensive internal layering. The degree of continuity of internal layering holds critical information about the ice-flow field, but previous analyses of this parameter have been limited to qualitative classifications. Here we present a new quantitative method for analyzing internallayercontinuity—named the continuity-index. When applied to data from Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica, the new method clearly identifies a continuum of discontinuity of internallayers that corresponds with the current ice-velocity field. The analysis provides further support that the main trunk and tributaries are unlikely to have undergone substantial migration since the deposition of the internal layering. Significantly, our new method for analyzing internallayers is readily transferable across RES datasets, offering promise for data-led assessments of past and present flow dynamics across large areas of Antarctica and Greenland.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume335-336
Pages (from-to)88-94
ISSN0012-821X
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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