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Remote Sensing of Antarctic Glacier and Ice-Shelf Front Dynamics - A Review

Baumhoer, Celia and Dietz, Andreas and Dech, Stefan and Künzer, Claudia (2018) Remote Sensing of Antarctic Glacier and Ice-Shelf Front Dynamics - A Review. Remote Sensing, 10 (9), pp. 1-28. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/rs10091445. ISSN 2072-4292.

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The contribution of Antarctica's ice sheet to global sea-level rise depends on the very dynamic behavior of glaciers and ice shelves. One important parameter of ice-sheet dynamics is the location of glacier and ice-shelf fronts. Numerous remote sensing studies on Antarctic glacier and ice-shelf front positions exist, but no long-term record on circum-Antarctic front dynamics has been established so far. The article outlines the potential of remote sensing to map, extract, and measure calving front dynamics. Furthermore, this review provides an overview of the spatial and temporal availability of Antarctic calving front observations for the first time. Single measurements are compiled to a circum-Antarctic record of glacier and ice shelf retreat/advance. We find sufficient frontal records for the Antarctic Peninsula and Victoria Land, whereas on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), measurements only concentrate on specific glaciers and ice sheets. Frontal records for the East Antarctic Ice Sheet exist since the 1970s. Studies agree on the general retreat of calving fronts along the Antarctic Peninsula. East Antarctic calving fronts also showed retreating tendencies between 1970s until the early 1990s, but have advanced since the 2000s. Exceptions of this general trend are Victoria Land, Wilkes Land, and the northernmost Dronning Maud Land. For the WAIS, no clear trend in long-term front fluctuations could be identified, as observations of different studies vary in space and time, and fronts highly fluctuate. For further calving front analysis, regular mapping intervals as well as glacier morphology should be included. We propose to exploit current and future developments in Earth observations to create frequent standardized measurements for circum-Antarctic assessments of glacier and ice-shelf front dynamics in regard to ice-sheet mass balance and climate forcing.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121634/
Document Type:Article
Title:Remote Sensing of Antarctic Glacier and Ice-Shelf Front Dynamics - A Review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Baumhoer, CeliaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1339-2288UNSPECIFIED
Date:10 September 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1-28
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:Antarctica; calving front location (CFL); glacier terminus; ice shelf; glacier extent; ice front; remote sensing; earth observation; review; antarctic peninsula
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 - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
Deposited By: Dietz, Andreas
Deposited On:17 Sep 2018 12:53
Last Modified:02 Nov 2023 09:52

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