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Long –term monitoring of the glaciers in Wordie Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, using multi-mission SAR time series

Friedl, Peter and Seehaus, Thorsten and Wendt, Anja and Braun, Matthias (2016) Long –term monitoring of the glaciers in Wordie Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, using multi-mission SAR time series. TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Science Team Meeting 2016, 2016-10-17 - 2016-10-20, Oberpfaffenhofen.

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The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the world`s most affected regions by Climate Change. Dense and long time series of multi-mission SAR data enable detailed studies of the rapid glaciological changes in this area. We present first results of a case study at the former Wordie Ice Shelf, located at the south-western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Since the ice shelf disintegrated in a series of events during the 1980s, only disconnected and retreating tidewater glaciers have remained. Due to the loss of the buttressing force of the ice shelf, the former tributary glaciers reacted with an acceleration of their flow speeds in order to adapt to the new boundary conditions. While the loss of the ice shelf itself does not affect sea level, the increased outflow of the glaciers and the associated mass loss contribute to global sea level rise. Most of the studies conducted at Wordie Bay so far covered only relatively short investigation periods and compared their results on a bi-temporal basis. Hence it is yet neither well known how long this process of adaption to the new boundary conditions exactly lasts nor how much ice mass loss and sea level rise is caused by this process in total. We provide completest possible time series of glaciological parameters (e.g. glacier extends, grounding line positions, flow speeds, glacier mass flow, glacier elevation/volume changes and contributions to global sea level rise) for the glaciers in Wordie Bay, ranging from the mid-1990s to today. The glaciological parameters are determined by applying intensity tracking as well as differential interferometric synthetic radar (DInSAR) methods and differential range offset tracking. For this purpose large datasets of previously active (e.g. ERS, Envisat-ASAR, RADARSAT-1, ALOS PALSAR) as well as currently recording SAR sensors (e.g. Sentinel-1, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X) are processed together with data from laser/radar altimetry and ground penetrating radar. The usage of long-term series of SAR data allows us to obtain more precise series of glacier monitoring measurements, which is assumed to contribute to a better understanding of the climate-triggered glaciological processes on the Antarctic Peninsula and the Wordie Bay respectively.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/107549/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Long –term monitoring of the glaciers in Wordie Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, using multi-mission SAR time series
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Seehaus, ThorstenFriedrich-Alexander Universität (FAU) Erlangen-NürnbergUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wendt, AnjaBayerische Akademie der WissenschaftenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Braun, MatthiasFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2016
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 1
Keywords:Glacier, SAR, Remote Sensing, Climate Change, Ice Shelf
Event Title:TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Science Team Meeting 2016
Event Location:Oberpfaffenhofen
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:17 October 2016
Event End Date:20 October 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Datenakquisition und Produktgenerierung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > International Ground Segment
Deposited By: Friedl, Peter
Deposited On:23 Nov 2016 12:38
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:12

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