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Equilibrium-line altitudes on reconstructed LGM glaciers of the northwest Barguzinsky Ridge, Northern Baikal, Russia  

Microsoft Academic Search

The spatial extent of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) glaciers (MIS 2) in the northwest of the Barguzinsky Ridge has previously been mapped. Geographical information system (GIS)-computing of the glaciers' quantitative parameters allowed us to use various methods to evaluate the former equilibrium-line altitudes (ELAs) for the 10 largest glaciers. ELAs on reconstructed glaciers were calculated using four common methods:

Eduard Yu Osipov

2004-01-01

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Mass balance and equilibrium-line altitudes of glaciers in high-mountain environments  

Microsoft Academic Search

The mass-balance characteristics of glaciers in high-mountain environments complicate the relationship between glacier equilibrium-line altitudes (ELAs) and climatic variables such as precipitation and air temperature. Therefore, methods of ELA reconstruction employed in low-relief environments are commonly not applicable in high mountains, or require some modification. We review the concept of the ELA, with reference to the mass balance of a

Douglas I Benn; Frank Lehmkuhl

2000-01-01

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Reconstructing glacier retreat since the Little Ice Age in SE Tibet by glacier mapping and equilibrium line altitude calculation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Temperate glaciers in the eastern Nyainqêntanglha Range, southeastern Tibet, are highly sensitive to climate change and therefore of particular high interest for research on late Holocene changes of the monsoonal climate in High Asia. However, because of the remoteness of the area, the scarcity of empirical data, and the challenges to remote sensing work posed by cloud and snow cover, knowledge about the glacier dynamics and changes in this region is still very limited. In this study, we applied a remote sensing approach in which 1964 glaciers were mapped from a Landsat ETM+ scene and subsequently parameterized by DEM-supported measurements. Geomorphological evidence, i.e., trimlines and latero-frontal moraines, were used to obtain quantitative data on the glaciers' morphological characteristics and the changes since the Little Ice Age (LIA) maximum glacier advance. Statistical analysis of glacier length change revealed an average retreat of ~ 27% and a trend toward stronger retreat for smaller glaciers. An evaluation of different methods to calculate equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs) indicates that an optimized toe-to-ridge altitude method (TRAM) is more suitable than other methods in settings with complex topography and a lack of mass balance measurements. A large number of glacier measurements are crucial for high quality of TRAM results, and special attention has to be paid to different glacier characteristics. In order to determine the best-fitting TRAM ratio value and to test the quality of the calculated ELAs, a remote sensing approach was applied: for each investigated glacier, the altitudes of transient snowlines visible in the late summer Landsat scene were measured from the DEM and compared to TRAM results. The interpolated ELA results show a SE-NW gradient ranging from 4400 to 5600 m asl and an average ELA rise of ~ 136 m since the LIA. Because of the high spatial resolution of measurements, the ELA distribution reveals topographic effects down to the catchment scale, specifically orographic rainfall and leeward shielding. The interpretation of these patterns reveals that the eastern Nyainqêntanglha Range is influenced by both, the Indian (ISM) and East Asian summer monsoon (EASM). However, the EASM does not reach the western part of the study area. The results indicate that the monsoonal temperate glaciers' high sensitivity to climate change is driven by two double forcings owing to the coincidence of accumulation and ablation phases.

Loibl, David; Lehmkuhl, Frank; Grießinger, Jussi

2014-06-01

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Reconstruction of late Holocene glacier retreat and relevant climatic and topographic patterns in southeastern Tibet by glacier mapping and equilibrium line altitude calculation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Temperate glaciers in the eastern Nyainqêntanglha range, southeastern Tibet, are highly sensitive to climate change and are therefore of particular high interest for research on late Holocene changes of the monsoonal climate in High Asia. However, due to the remoteness of the area, the scarcity of empirical data, and the challenges to remote sensing work posed by cloud and snow cover, knowledge about the glacier dynamics and changes is still very limited. We applied a remote sensing approach that allowed a comprehensive regional glacier survey despite the few available data. Geomorphologic characteristics, distribution and late Holocene changes of 1964 glaciers were mapped from one of the few appropriate late summer satellite images: a Landsat ETM+ scene from September 23, 1999. The glacier dataset was subsequently parameterized by DEM supported measurements. Complex climate-relief-glacier interactions were studied in detail for three large glaciers in neighboring valleys. Despite their spatial proximity, these display strong heterogeneity in terms of catchment morphology, debris cover, and glacier characteristics. The results of this case study then provided the conceptual basis to use geomorphological evidence, i.e. trimlines and latero-frontal moraines, to obtain quantitative data on the changes since the Little Ice Age (LIA) maximum glacier advance. Statistical analysis of glacier length change revealed an average retreat of ~ 40 % and a trend towards stronger retreat for smaller glaciers. An evaluation of different methods to calculate equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs) indicates that an optimized toe-to-ridge altitude method (TRAM) outperforms other methods in settings with complex topography and a lack of mass-balance measurements. However, a large number of glacier measurements is crucial for high quality TRAM results and special attention has to be paid to different morphological glacier characteristics: debris-cover, reconstitution, valley floor limitation, and detachment of glacier tributaries, are criteria that prevent reliable ELA calculations. In order to determine the best-fitting TRAM ratio value and to test the quality of the calculated ELAs, a remote sensing approach was applied: the altitudes of transient snowlines visible in the late summer Landsat scene were measured from the DEM and compared to TRAM results for each glacier. The interpolated ELA results show a southeast-northwest gradient ranging from 4,400 to 5,600 m a.s.l. and an average ELA rise of ~ 98 m since the LIA. Due to the large amount of measurements, the ELA distribution reveals topographic effects down to the catchment scale, i.e. orographic rainfalls and leeward shielding. Contrasting to the expectations for subtropical settings, glaciers on south facing slopes have not retreated strongest and ELAs on south facing slopes did not rise furthest. Instead, highly heterogeneous spatial patterns emerge that show a strong imprint of both, topography and monsoonal dynamics. The interpretation of these patterns provides insights into the monsoonal system and the characteristics of late Holocene glacier change in southeastern Tibet. For example, the ELA distribution reveals that the study area is influenced by both, Indian summer monsoon and East Asian summer monsoon, but that the latter does not reach the Tibetan Plateau.

Loibl, David; Lehmkuhl, Frank

2014-05-01

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Younger Dryas and Holocene glacier fluctuations and equilibrium-line altitude variations in the Jostedalsbre region, western Norway  

SciTech Connect

Reconstructed Younger Dryas (11000-10000 y BP) valley- and cirque glaciers west of the Jostedalsbre ice cap suggest an equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) depression of (450{+-}200 y BP) deglaciation was characterized by vertical wastage, indicating that the LA was above the summit plateaus. During the Erdalen event (9100{+-}200 y BP) marginal moraines were formed up to 1 km beyond the Little Ice Age (LIA) moraines which lie in front of the present valley outlet glaciers of the Jostedalsbre ice cap. The average ELA lowering during this event is calculated to 325 m below the modern level. Lithostratigraphic and paleobotanical studies show that the Hypsithermal (ca. 8000-6000 y BP) ELA was about 450 m higher than at present. As a result, Jostedalsbreen probably disappeared entirely during that period. The glacier reformed about 5300 y BP. The ELA intersected the modern mean equilibrium line altitude five times from ca. 2600 y BP to the present. The outlet valley glaciers reached their maximum Neoglacial extent during the LIA in the mid-18th century, when the ELA was depressed 100-150 m below the present level. 25 refs., 9 figs.

Nesje, A. [Univ. of Bergen (Norway)

1992-01-01

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Using remote-sensing data to determine equilibrium-line altitude and mass-balance time series: validation on three French glaciers, 1994 2002  

Microsoft Academic Search

Alpine glaciers are very sensitive to climate fluctuations, and their mass balance can be used as an indicator of regional-scale climate change. Here, we present a method to calculate glacier mass balance using remote-sensing data. Snowline measurements from remotely sensed images recorded at the end of the hydrological year provide an effective proxy of the equilibrium line. Mass balance can

Antoine Rabatel; Jean-Pierre Dedieu; Christian Vincent

2005-01-01

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Accumulation at the equilibrium-line altitude of glaciers inferred from a degree-day model and tested against field observations  

Microsoft Academic Search

We extrapolate temperature data from a gridded climatology to the equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) of a glacier and tune a degree-day model by adjusting precipitation to give zero mass balance at the ELA. We verify the tuned model by comparing modelled accumulation with winter balance where this has been measured (presently for 180 glaciers). The modelled accumulation naturally depends upon the

Roger J. Braithwaite; Sarah C. B. Raper; Krys Chutko

2006-01-01

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Glacier equilibrium line altitudes as palaeoclimatic information sources - examples from the Alpine Younger Dryas.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Equilibrium line altitudes (ELA) and flucutations of the ELA (dELA) of well dated glacial advances are valuable terrestrial sources for palaeoclimatic information, which are physically well understood (Kuhn 1981, Kaser and Osmaston 2001). Values of dELA can be used to infer quantitatively standard climatic parameters like precipitation and precipitation change. ELAs of former glaciers are usually calculated from maps of the glacier topography based on the moraines and related geomorphological features. Then either the analytical glacial-meterological model for ELA fluctuations by Kuhn (1981) or the statistical parameterization of the climate at the ELA in terms of "summer temperature" and "precipitation" by Ohmura et al. (1992) can be used for palaeoclimatic interpretation. As dELA is influenced both by factors governing accumulation and ablation, some external climatic information on one parameter is necessary to obtain the other. Moraines of the Younger Dryas "Egesen-Stadial" can be found throughout the Alps. Early Younger Dryas (Egesen-I, Ivy-Ochs et al. 1996) dELAs show a distinct spatial pattern. They were highest (ca. 450-600 m against "present-day") in areas exposed towards the West and Northwest. In the central valleys, it was in the order of -300 m and less. Presently, almost 200 data points are available. Summer temperature depression (dTs) can be derived from the Younger Dryas timberline depression and other proxy data (Ammann and Oldfield 2000). It seems to be in the order of -3.5 K in the central Alps. Along the northern and western fringe of the Alps, it may be somewhat larger (-4 to -4.5 K). dELA and dTs values are then used to calculate precipitation change (dP). Early Younger Dryas climate in the central valleys of the Alps seems to have been considerably drier than today (dP -30%). In areas open to the West and Northwest, precipitation seems to have been the same as today or even slightly higher (dP 0 - +10%). These results agree well with the results from permafrost-climate studies (Sailer et al. 2000) and the qualitative information from biological proxy data. They also support the results from Atmospheric General Circulation models for the Younger Dryas in Europe, which point towards a more zonal type of circulation. Parts of the study were financially supported by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) under grant P12600-GEO. References: Ammann, B., F.Oldfield (ed.).2000. Palaeo3 159(2-4). Ivy-Ochs, S., Ch. Schluechter, P.W.Kubik, H.A.Synal, J.Beer, H. Kerschner. 1996. Eclogae Geol. Helv. 89(3), 1049-1063. Kuhn, M. 1981. IAHS publ. 131, 3-20. Kaser, G., H.Osmaston. 2001. Tropical Glaciers. Cambridge University Press. Kerschner, H., G.Kaser, R.Sailer. 2000. Ann. Glaciol. 31, 80-84. Ohmura, A., P.Kasser and M.Funk. 1992. J.Glaciol., 38(130), 397 - 411.

Kerschner, H.; Sailer, R.; Hertl, A.; Schuh, M.

2003-04-01

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Modern and Little Ice Age equilibrium-line altitudes on Outlet Valley glaciers from Jostedalsbreen, western Norway: An evaluation of different approaches to their calculation  

SciTech Connect

The modern and Little Ice Age (LIA) equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) of 20 outlet valley glacier from Jostedalsbreen, western Norway, has been calculated using different approaches. Using an accumulation area ratio (AAR) of 0.6 [+-] 0.05 gave a mean little Ice Age ELA depression of 70 m. A method developed by M. Kuhle, taking the influence by topography into account gave a mean ELA depression of 35-255 m, the median elevation of glaciers 115 m, and the toe-to-headwall altitude ration 140 m. Differences in the ELA estimates can be attributed to the differences in topography and morphology of the glaciers. The AAR method appears to provide the most reliable results. This will aid in determining mean global temperatures during the LIA. 34 refs., 9 figs., 5 tabs.

Torsnes, I.; Rye, N. (Univ. of Bergen (Norway)); Nesje, A. (Univ. of Bergen, Bergen-Sandviken (Norway))

1993-05-01

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Reconstruction of Equilibrium Line Altitudes of Nevado Coropuna Glaciers (Southern Peru) from the Late Pleistocene to the present  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Nevado Coropuna (15°31'S-72°39'W) is a volcanic complex located 200 km NE of the city of Arequipa, in the Southern Peruvian Andes. The summit area in the complex is covered with a glacier system formed by dozens of branches descending in all directions totaling many km2 in surface area. The study of the volcanic complex and its glaciers is of

J. Úbeda; D. Palacios; L. Vázquez

2009-01-01

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An automatic method to create flow lines for determination of glacier length: A pilot study with Alaskan glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glacier length is a key parameter in global glacier inventories, but difficult to determine in a consistent way and subject to frequent change. Its vector representation (a flow line) is a most important input for modeling future glacier evolution, but only seldom available from digital databases. Hence, there is an urgent need to generate such flow lines for a large number of glaciers from automated methods. We here present a new algorithm that is based on Python scripting and additional libraries (GDAL and OGR) and requires only a DEM and glacier outlines as an input. The core of the method is based on a glacier axis concept that is combined with geometry rules such as the k-d Tree, Nearest Neighbor and crossing test theory. We have applied the method to 400 glaciers located in Western Alaska, where a new glacier inventory was recently created. The accuracy of the method was assessed by a quantitative and qualitative (outline overlay) comparison with a manually digitized dataset for 20 glaciers. This comparison revealed for 17 out of the 20 glaciers a length value within the range of the manual digitizations. Other potential methods performed less well. Combined with previous glacier outlines from the same region (Digital Line Graph) we automatically determined length changes for 390 glaciers over a c. 50 year period.

Le Bris, Raymond; Paul, Frank

2013-03-01

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An approach to derive regional snow lines and glacier mass change from MODIS imagery, western North America  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We describe a method to calculate regional snow line elevations and annual equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs) from daily MODIS imagery (MOD02QKM) on large glaciers and icefields in western North America. An automated cluster analysis of the cloud-masked visible and near-infrared bands at 250 m resolution is used to delineate glacier facies (snow and ice) for ten glacierized regions between 2000-2011. For each region and season, the maximum observed value of the 20th percentile of snow-covered pixels (ZS(20)) is used to define a regional ELA proxy (ELAest). Our results indicate significant increases in the regional ELA proxy at two continental sites (Peyto Glacier and Gulkana Glacier) over the period of observation, though no statistically significant trends are identified at other sites. To evaluate the utility of regional ELA proxies derived from MOD02QKM imagery, we compare standard geodetic estimates of glacier mass change with estimates derived from historical mass balance gradients and observations of ZS(20) at three large icefields. Our approach yields estimates of mass change that more negative than traditional geodetic approaches, though MODIS-derived estimates are within the margins of error at all three sites. Both estimates of glacier mass change corroborate the continued mass loss of glaciers in western North America. Between 2000 and 2009, the geodetic change approach yields mean annual rates of surface elevation change for the Columbia, Lillooet, and Sittakanay icefields of -0.29 ± 0.05, -0.26 ± 0.05, and -0.63 ± 0.17 m a-1, respectively. This study provides a new technique for glacier facies detection at daily timescales, and contributes to the development of regional estimates of glacier mass change, both of which are critical for studies of glacier contributions to streamflow and global sea level rise.

Shea, J. M.; Menounos, B.; Moore, R. D.; Tennant, C.

2013-04-01

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Equilibrium-Line Altitudes In Cold Hyperarid Settings  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) is a climatically sensitive elevation on the glacier surface where annual accumulation equals annual ablation. Although local effects including debris cover, slope and aspect can influence the mass balance, ELA responds most strongly to snowfall and summer temperature (positive degree days). ELA can be estimated from the distribution and elevations of glacial deposits and is thus a useful parameter in the study of paleoclimate, although it is highly sensitive to extraneous factors, especially for small glaciers confined to cirques. This problem can be overcome by examining numerous nearby glaciated drainages, instead of point studies, for example with remote sensing using images and DEMs provided there is chronologic control from field work. However, the concept of ELA was developed and most studies of ELA have been undertaken in temperate regions with relatively high mean annual snowfall where ablation increases at lower elevations and there actually is a well-defined altitude of equilibrium. In cold arid regions such as Central Asia or parts of the Andes, snowfall can be so low (<150 mm/yr) that solar irradiation alone is sufficient to evaporate the accumulation directly (sublimation), in contrast to regions in which high amounts of snowfall require warm temperatures for melting. In these hyperarid regions, the ELA may be a poorly defined concept since the entire glacier experiences ablation, not just the lower elevations. However, because glaciers in these settings can only exist where there is no melting, the precipitation-limited arid paleoglaciers are easy to distinguish and map from the temperature-controlled glaciers, which occur hundreds of meters lower. Remote mapping can therefore be used to map the ~150 mm/yr isohyet in continental settings.

Jigjidsuren, B.; Gillespie, A. R.

2012-12-01

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Topographic context of glaciers and perennial snowfields, Glacier National Park, Montana  

Microsoft Academic Search

Equilibrium-line altitudes (ELAs) of modem glaciers in the northern Rocky Mountains are known to correspond with regional climate, but strong subregional gradients such as across the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, Montana, also exert topoclimatic influences on the ELA. This study analyzed the relationships between glacier and snowfield morphology, ELA, and surrounding topography. Glaciers and perennial snowfields were mapped

Thomas R. Allen

1998-01-01

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Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is a great site to help you learn about glaciers! On this webpage, you will learn what glaciers are, how they are formed, the different types of glaciers, their anatomy, how they move, and about glacial erosion. This site also has a model that helps you to understand glacial growth and retreat.

2010-01-01

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Estimates of Regional Equilibrium Line Altitudes and Net Mass Balance from MODIS Imagery  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glacier mass balance is a key variable used to assess the health of glaciers and ice sheets. Estimates of glacier mass balance are required to model the dynamic response of glaciers and ice sheets to climate change, estimate sea-level contribution from surface melt, and document the response of glaciers to climate forcing. Annually resolved estimates of regional mass balance for mountain ranges is often inferred from a sparse network of ground-based measurements of mass balance for individual glaciers. Given that net mass balance is highly correlated with the annual equilibrium line altitude (ELA), we develop an automated approach to estimate the ELA, and by inference net mass balance, on large glaciers and icefields using MODIS 250 m imagery (MOD02QKM). We discriminate areas of bare ice and snow/firn using the product of MODIS' red (0.620 - 0.670 ? m) and near infrared (0.841 - 0.876 ? m) bands. To assess the skill in estimating glacier ELAs, we compare ELAs derived from (1) manual delineation and (2) unsupervised classification of the band product to ground-based observations of ELA and net mass balance at seven long term mass-balance monitoring sites in western North America (Gulkana, Wolverine, Lemon Creek, Taku, Place, Peyto, and South Cascade). Spatial and temporal variations in MODIS-derived ELAs provide an opportunity to validate regional mass-balance models, estimate surface melt contributions to sea-level rise, and examine the cryospheric response to climate change.

Shea, J. M.; Menounos, B.; Moore, R. D.

2011-12-01

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Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Glaciers are found on every continent except Australia. This interactive feature provides an introduction to these moving streams of ice, which cover about 10 percent of Earth's land surface and hold between two and three percent of its water. Topics include what glaciers are, where and why they form, what influences their growth and decline, and how an apparently solid mass appears to flow like a river. There is also a brief description of some types of glaciers. A background essay and discussion questions are included.

2010-09-28

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Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Glaciers are found on every continent except Australia. This interactive feature provides an introduction to these moving streams of ice, which cover about 10 percent of Earth's land surface and hold between two and three percent of its water. Topics include what glaciers are, where and why they form, what influences their growth and decline, and how an apparently solid mass appears to flow like a river. There is also a brief description of some types of glaciers. A background essay and discussion questions are included.

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Modeling of glacier bed topography from glacier outlines, central branch lines, and a DEM  

Microsoft Academic Search

Due to the expected future climate change, glacier ice as a resource will be further diminished and its sea-level rise contribution further increased. A key for a more accurate determination of future glacier evolution is to improve our currently sparse knowledge on glacier bedrock topography. Here, we present a simplified method implemented in a geographic information system to approximate subglacial

Frank Paul; Andreas Linsbauer

2012-01-01

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Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this online activity, learners adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see how glaciers grow and shrink. They will use scientific tools to measure thickness, velocity and glacial budget. This activity includes an online simulation, sample learning goals, teaching ideas, and translations in over 20 languages.

2012-11-14

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Evaluation of conditions along the grounding line of temperate marine glaciers: An example from Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay, Alaska  

USGS Publications Warehouse

In the marine environment, stability of the glacier terminus and the location of subglacial streams are the dominant controls on the distribution of grounding-line deposits within morainal banks. A morainal bank complex in Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay, SE Alaska, is used to develop a model of terminus stability and location of subglacial streams along the grounding line of temperate marine glaciers. This model can be used to interpret former grounding-line conditions in other glacimarine settings from the facies architecture within morainal bank deposits. The Muir Inlet morainal bank complex was deposited between 1860 A.D. and 1899 A.D., and historical observations provide a record of terminus positions, glacial retreat rates and sedimentary sources. These data are used to reconstruct the depositional environment and to develop a correlation between sedimentary facies and conditions along the grounding line. Four seismic facies identified on the high-resolution seismic-reflection profiles are used to interpret sedimentary facies within the morainal bank complex. Terminus stability is interpreted from the distribution of sedimentary facies within three distinct submarine geomorphic features, a grounding-line fan; stratified ridges, and a field of push ridges. The grounding-line fan was deposited along a stable terminus and is represented on seismic-reflection profiles by two distinct seismic facies, a proximal and a distal fan facies. The proximal fan facies was deposited at the efflux of subglacial streams and indicates the location of former glacifluvial discharges into the sea. Stratified ridges formed as a result of the influence of a quasi-stable terminus on the distribution of sedimentary facies along the grounding line. A field of push ridges formed along the grounding line of an unstable terminus that completely reworked the grounding-line deposits through glacitectonic deformation. Between 1860 A.D. and 1899 A.D. (39 years), 8.96 x 108 m3 of sediment were deposited within the Muir Inlet morainal bank complex at an average annual sediment accumulation rate of 2.3 x 107 m3/a. This rate represents the annual sediment production capacity of the glacier when the Muir Inlet drainage basin is filled with glacial ice.

Seramur, K.C.; Powell, R.D.; Carlson, P.R.

1997-01-01

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A glacier inventory for South Tyrol, Italy, based on airborne laser-scanner data  

E-print Network

A glacier inventory for South Tyrol, Italy, based on airborne laser-scanner data Christoph KNOLL-mail: christoph.knoll@uibk.ac.at ABSTRACT. A new approach to glacier inventory, based on airborne laser and equilibrium- line altitude. A reduction of 32% was observed in glacier area from 1983 to 2006. Volume change

Kerschner, Hanns

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Submarine melting at the grounding line of Greenland's tidewater glaciers: Observations and Implications. (Invited)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The traditional view on the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet is that interior snowfall accumulation is balanced by discharge of surface runoff and icebergs at the periphery. Most Greenland glaciers however terminate in the ocean, and melt in contact with the warm ocean waters to produce glacial melt before detaching into icebergs. Underneath floating ice shelves, the melting process is governed by the buoyancy associated with the melting of glacier ice at the seawater-ice interface. Under tidewater glaciers, the melting process is also forced by the strongly buoyant influx of subglacial freshwater near the grounding line. In August 2008, we collected bathymetry, temperature, salinity and current velocity data in front of 4 west Greenland glaciers (Eqip Sermia, Kangilerngata Sermia, Sermeq Kujatdleq and Sermeq Avangnardleq) to calculate the rates of submarine melting of the calving faces. The results revealed large rates of melting (meters per day), and large spatial variations from fjord to fjord as well as across the calving faces. In August 2010, we returned to Eqip Sermia, Sermeq Avangnardleq and visited Store and Little glaciers to conduct similar measurements. Strong outflows of subglacial water were detected on Avangnardleq, Lille and Store glaciers, and high rates of submarine melting were deduced from the data. We find that the sea bed in front of the calving faces (100 to 500 m) are much shallower than in the bulk of the glacial fjords (800 to 900 m), and the sill depth at the fjord entrance (~300 m ) is confirmed to be the major control on the access of warm ocean waters to the submerged calving faces. In the presence of heavy brash ice, our data suggest a conceivably weakened submarine circulation. Finally, we combine our summer data with long-term records of temperature and salinity, at the depth relevant to submarine melting, from the ECCO2 ocean state estimation project to examine seasonal to long-term trends in thermal forcing from the ocean. We observe a strong seasonality and large inter-annual variations in glacial fjords of interest. This enables a quantification of thermal forcing of the ocean on the calving faces of Greenland, its potential impact on submarine melting, which in turn effects glacier un-grounding, glacier velocity, glacier mass balance, and ultimately ice sheet mass balance as a whole.

Rignot, E. J.; Xu, Y.; Koppes, M. N.; Menemenlis, D.; Schodlok, M.; Spreen, G.

2010-12-01

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Two independent methods for mapping the grounding line of an outlet glacier - an example from the Astrolabe Glacier, Terre Adélie, Antarctica  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The grounding line is a key element of coastal outlet glaciers, acting on their dynamics. Accurately knowing its position is fundamental for both modelling the glacier dynamics and establishing a benchmark for later change detection. Here we map the grounding line of the Astrolabe Glacier in East Antarctica (66°41' S, 140°05' E), using both hydrostatic and tidal methods. The first method is based on new surface and ice thickness data from which the line of buoyant floatation is found. The second method uses kinematic GPS measurements of the tidal response of the ice surface. By detecting the transitions where the ice starts to move vertically in response to the tidal forcing we determine control points for the grounding line position along GPS profiles. Employing a two-dimensional elastic plate model, we compute the rigid short-term behaviour of the ice plate and estimate the correction required to compare the kinematic GPS control points with the previously determined line of floatation. These two approaches show consistency and lead us to propose a grounding line for the Astrolabe Glacier that significantly deviates from the lines obtained so far from satellite imagery.

Le Meur, E.; Sacchettini, M.; Garambois, S.; Berthier, E.; Drouet, A. S.; Durand, G.; Young, D.; Greenbaum, J. S.; Holt, J. W.; Blankenship, D. D.; Rignot, E.; Mouginot, J.; Gim, Y.; Kirchner, D.; de Fleurian, B.; Gagliardini, O.; Gillet-Chaulet, F.

2014-07-01

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Active water exchange and life near the grounding line of an Antarctic outlet glacier  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The grounding line (GL) of the Antarctic ice sheet forms the boundary between grounded and floating ice along the coast. Near this line, warm oceanic water contacts the ice shelf, producing the ice sheet's highest basal-melt rate. Despite the importance of this region, water properties and circulations near the GL are largely unexplored because in-situ observations are difficult. Here we present direct evidence of warm ocean-water transport to the innermost part of the subshelf cavity (several hundred meters seaward from the GL) of Langhovde Glacier, an outlet glacier in East Antarctica. Our measurements come from boreholes drilled through the glacier's ?400-m-thick grounding zone. Beneath the grounding zone, we find a 10-24-m-deep water layer of uniform temperature and salinity (-1.45 °C; 34.25 PSU), values that roughly equal those measured in the ocean in front of the glacier. Moreover, living organisms are found in the thin subglacial water layer. These findings indicate active transport of water and nutrients from the adjacent ocean, meaning that the subshelf environment interacts directly and rapidly with the ocean.

Sugiyama, Shin; Sawagaki, Takanobu; Fukuda, Takehiro; Aoki, Shigeru

2014-08-01

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Polar versus temperate grounding-line sedimentary systems and marine glacier stability during sea level rise by global warming  

SciTech Connect

Marine-ending glaciers may retreat with global warming as sea level rises by ocean thermal expansion. If the sea floor rises by sediment accumulation, then glaciers may not feel the effect of sea level rise. A submersible ROV and other techniques have been used to collect data from temperate and polar glaciers to compare sediment production and mass balance of their grounding-line systems. Temperature Alaskan valley glaciers flow at about 0.2--2 km/a and have high volumes of supraglacial, englacial and subglacial debris. However, most sediment contributed to the base of their tidewater cliffs comes from subglacial streams or squeezing out subglacial sediment and pushing it with other marine sediment into a morainal bank. Blue Glacier, a thin, locally fed polar glacier in Antarctica, flows slowly and has minimal glacial debris. The grounding-line system at the tidewater cliff is a morainal bank that forms solely by pushing of marine sediment. An Antarctic polar outlet glacier, Mackay Glacier, terminating as a floating glacier-tongue, has similar volumes of basal debris to Alaskan temperature glaciers and flows at 250 m/a. However, no subglacial streams issued from Mackay's grounding line and all sedimentation was by rockfall and grainfall rainout from seawater undermelt of the tongue. A grounding-line wedge of glacimarine diamicton is deposited over subglacial (lodgement ) till. Although Antarctic grounding-line accumulation rates are three orders of magnitude smaller than Alaskan rates, both are capable of compensating for predicted rises in sea level by thermal heating from global warming.

Powell, R.D. (Illinois Univ., DeKalb, IL (United States). Geology Dept.); Pyne, A.R. (Victoria Univ., Wellington (New Zealand). Antarctic Research Center); Hunter, L.E.; Rynes, N.R.

1992-01-01

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Good for glaciers, bad for people? Archaeologically relevant climate models developed from reconstructions of glacier mass balance  

Microsoft Academic Search

We present a new climate and vegetation model, and discuss applications with a study of medieval land degradation and settlement abandonment in þórsmörk, Iceland. Existing meteorological data are used as the starting point for modelling glacier snowlines (equilibrium lines), and this is developed to model seasonal snowcover, potential vegetation and growing season. The current status and past fluctuations of glaciers

Andrew F. Casely; Andrew J. Dugmore

2007-01-01

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Last glacial maximum equilibrium-line altitude and paleo-temperature reconstructions for the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuelan Andes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The pattern and magnitude of glacier equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) lowerings in the tropics during the last glacial maximum (LGM) are topics of current debate. In the northern tropics, paleo-ELA data are particularly limited, inhibiting the ability to make regional and large-scale paleoclimatic inferences. To improve these records, nine paleo-glaciers in the Venezuelan Andes were reconstructed based on field observations, aerial photographs, satellite imagery and high-resolution digital topographic data. Paleo-glacier equilibrium-line altitudes (ELAs) were estimated using the accumulation-area ratio (AAR) and the area-altitude balance ratio (AABR) methods. During the local LGM in Venezuela (˜ 22,750 to 19,960 cal yr BP), ELAs were ˜ 850 to 1420 m lower than present. Local LGM temperatures were are at least 8.8 ± 2°C cooler than today based on a combined energy and mass-balance equation to account for an ELA lowering. This is greater than estimates using an atmospheric lapse rate calculation, which yields a value of 6.4 ± 1°C cooler. The paleo-glacial data from the Venezuelan Andes support other published records that indicate the northern tropics experienced a greater ELA lowering and possibly a greater cooling than the Southern Hemisphere tropics during the LGM.

Stansell, Nathan D.; Polissar, Pratigya J.; Abbott, Mark B.

2007-01-01

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A simple parameterisation of melting near the grounding lines of ice shelves and tidewater glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are experiencing rapid change, at least in part as a result of acceleration of some of their larger, marine-terminating outlet glaciers. It is generally assumed that the accelerations have been driven by the ocean, probably through changes in the submarine melt rate. However, the processes that drive melting, particularly in the region close to the grounding line are difficult to observer and quantify. The rapid flow of the outlet glaciers is almost always associated with an active sub-glacial hydrological system, so in the key regions where the glaciers either discharge into ice shelves or terminate in fjords there will be a flow of freshwater draining across the grounding line from the glacier bed. The input of freshwater to the ocean provides a source of buoyancy and drives convective motion alongside the ice-ocean interface. This process is modelled using the theory of buoyant plumes that has previously been applied to the study of the larger-scale circulation beneath ice shelves. The plume grows through entrainment of ocean waters, and the heat brought into the plume as a result drives melting at the ice-ocean interface. The equations are non-dimensionalised using scales appropriate for the region where the sub-glacial drainage, rather than the subsequent addition of meltwater, supplies the majority of the buoyancy forcing. It is found that the melt rate within this region can be approximated reasonably well by a simple expression that is linear in ocean temperature, has a cube root dependence on the flux of sub-glacial meltwater, and a more complex dependency on the slope of the ice-ocean interface. The model is used to investigate variability in melting induced by changes in both ocean temperature and sub-glacial discharge for a number of realistic examples of ice shelves and tidewater glaciers. The results show how warming ocean waters and increasing sub-glacial drainage both generate increases in melting near the grounding line. The model is particularly appropriate for the study of melting at the quasi-vertical calving face of a tidewater glacier, where conventional ocean models struggle to capture the appropriate scales and fundamentally non-hydrostatic dynamics.

Jenkins, A.

2012-04-01

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Attribution of glacier fluctuations to climate change  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glacier retreat is a worlwide phenomenon, which started around the middle of the 19th century. During the period 1800-1850 the number of retreating and advancing glaciers was roughly equal (based on 42 records from different continents). During the period 1850-1900 about 92% of all mountain glaciers became shorter (based on 65 records). After this, the percentage of shrinking glaciers has been around 90% until the present time. The glacier signal is rather coherent over the globe, especially when surging and calving glaciers are not considered (for such glaciers the response to climate change is often masked by length changes related to internal dynamics). From theoretical studies as well as extensive meteorological work on glaciers, the processes that control the response of glaciers to climate change are now basically understood. It is useful to make a difference between geometric factors (e.g. slope, altitudinal range, hypsometry) and climatic setting (e.g. seasonal cycle, precipitation). The most sensitive glaciers appear to be flat glaciers in a maritime climate. Characterizing the dynamic properties of a glacier requires at least two quantities: the climate sensitivity, expressing how the equilibrium glacier state depends on the climatic conditions, and the response time, indicating how fast a glacier approaches a new equilibrium state after a stepwise change in the climatic forcing. These quantities can be estimated from relatively simple theory, showing that differences among glaciers are substantial. For larger glaciers, climate sensitivities (in terms of glacier length) vary from 1 to 8 km per 100 m change in the equilibrium-line altitude. Response times are mainly in the range of 20 to 200 years, with most values between 30 and 80 years. Changes in the equilibrium-line altitude or net mass balance of a glacier are mainly driven by fluctuations in air temperature, precipitation, and global radiation. Energy-balance modelling for many glaciers shows that, globally speaking, a 1 K temperature increase has the same effect as a ~25% decrease in precipitation, or a ~15% increase in global radiation. However, the relative importance of these drivers depends significantly on the climatic setting (notably continentality). In this contribution I will give a brief survey of glacier fluctuations over the past few centuries, and provide arguments that on the worldwide scale air temperature must have been the main driver of these fluctuations. A history of global mean temperature that explains the observed glacier fluctuations best will be discussed. On smaller spatial (regional) and temporal (decades) scales, changes in precipitation become important. Both with respect to the attribution problem (what caused the glacier fluctuations in the past?) and the projection issue (what will happen in the next 100 years?), it is important that many more glaciers are explicitly studied with numerical models. I will argue that for non-calving glaciers these models can be relatively simple.

Oerlemans, J.

2012-04-01

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Climatic implications of reconstructed early - Mid Pliocene equilibrium-line altitudes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Early-mid Pliocene moraines in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, are more extensive than the present alpine glaciers in this region, indicating substantial climatic differences between the early-mid Pliocene and the present. To quantify this difference in the glacier-climate regime, we estimated the equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) change since the early-mid Pliocene by calculating the modern ELA and reconstructing the ELAs of four alpine glaciers in Wright and Taylor Valleys at their early-mid Pliocene maxima. The area-altitude balance ratio method was used on modern and reconstructed early-mid Pliocene hypsometry. In Wright and Victoria Valleys, mass-balance data identify present-day ELAs of 800-1600 m a.s.l. and an average balance ratio of 1.1. The estimated ELAs of the much larger early-mid Pliocene glaciers in Wright and Taylor Valleys range from 600 to 950 ?? 170 m a.s.l., and thus are 250-600 ??170 m lower than modern ELAs in these valleys. The depressed ELAs during the early-mid-Pliocene most likely indicate a wetter and therefore warmer climate in the Dry Valleys during this period than previous studies have recognized.

Krusic, A.G.; Prentice, M.L.; Licciardi, J.M.

2009-01-01

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Climate Change in the Russian Altai Mountains and its Influence on Tree Line and Glacier Dynamics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The mountain ecosystems are highly sensitive to climate changes. The Russian Altai Mountains are located in the Inner Asia on the border of Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. The Department of Geography and Geoecology of SPbSU has been organizing annual field expeditions to this region during the last 20 yrs. The uniqueness of the Altai landscapes lies in its great variety as these mountains are higher than 4 km and located on the zonal border between steppes and semi-deserts and between continental and sharply continental climates. This research deals with space-time features of regional climate changes and the dynamics of high-altitude landscapes. The 1940-2004 time series of seasonal air temperature and precipitation from 14 weather stations from 300 to 2600 m a.s.l. were statistically analyzed applying regression, correlation, spectral and cluster analyses. To extend time series over the past 350-400 yrs, mean summer temperature and precipitation were reconstructed applying dendroclimatological methods and using the WSL Dendro data base. Comparing to the Northern Hemisphere tendency of temperature increase in the second half of the 20th century over the Altai has been observed generally earlier, since 1950s. Maximum warming rate in the last quarter of the 20th century is typical to winter in the Altai (0,85°/10 yrs) as well as the entire Northern Hemisphere. Synchronous changes in the Altai and the Northern Hemisphere are observed in all seasons only in 1975-2004. At the turn of the XX-XXI centuries warming rates slow down in the region while temperature level is still high. These changes are partly associated with circulation epochs. Spectral analysis revealed important role of natural cyclical recurrence in climate changes, for example quasi-biennial, solar and Brückner cycles. According to dendrochronological reconstruction mean summer temperature increased from the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA) to its maximum in the 1990s by approximately 2°C, to the average for the period 1986-2004 - about 1,3°C. As tree line against the other belt borders strongly limited by summer temperature its eventual dynamics since the end of the LIA over the Altai were estimated and tree line position at different stages of modern regional warming was reconstructed. Theoretical evaluation shows that mean summer temperature increase of 1.3°C from the end of the LIA causes tree line to rise maximum by 180-280 m in different localities of the Altai. Glacial complexes of mountain massifs Mongun-Taiga, Tavan-Boghd-Ola, Turgeni-Nuru and Harhira-Nuru located in the South-Eastern Altai are represented by small glaciers mostly on northern and eastern leeward slopes. Being situated in region with dry climatic conditions (250-400 mm/year) glaciers survive only in negative forms of relief with high concentration of snow. Accumulation coefficient is mainly from 2 to 3, and on cirque glaciers is from 6 to 8. Now glaciers retreat rapidly (17% of area loss for the period of 1995-2010 for Mongun-Taiga, 12% in 2002-2009 for Tavan-Boghd-Ola), especially valley glaciers (2-10 m/yr), the number of glaciers increase due to disintegration of larger glaciers. Small forms of glaciation disappear or transform into snow patches and rock glaciers.

Syromyatina, M.; Moskalenko, I.; Ganushkin, D.; Chistyakov, K.

2011-12-01

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Glacier fluctuations in the Kenai Fjords, Alaska, U.S.A.: An evaluation of controls on Iceberg-calving glaciers  

SciTech Connect

The histories of four iceberg-calving outlet-glacier systems in the Kenai Fjords National Park underscore the importance of fiord depth, sediment supply, and fiord geometry on glacier stability. These parameters, in turn, limit the reliability of calving glacier chronologies as records of climatic change. Tree-ring analysis together with radiocarbon dating show that the Northwestern and McCarty glaciers, with large drainage basins, were advancing in concert with nearby land-terminating glaciers about A.D. 600. After an interval of retreat and possible nonclimatically induced extension during the Medieval Warm Period, these ice margins advanced again through the Little Ice Age and then retreated synchronously with the surrounding land-terminating glaciers about A.D. 1900. In contrast, Holgate and Aialik glaciers, with deeper fiords and smaller basins, retreated about 300 yr earlier. Reconstructions of Little Ice Age glaciers suggest that equilibrium-line altitudes of Northwestern and McCarty glaciers were, respectively, 270 and 500 m lower than now. Furthermore, the reconstructions show that these two glaciers were climatically sensitive when at their terminal moranies. However, with ice margins at their present recessional positions and accumulation area ratios between 0.8 and 0.9, only McCarty Glacier shows evidence of advance. Aialik and Holgate glaciers were climatically insensitive during the Little Ice Age maxima and remain insensitive to climate. 40 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

Wiles, G.C. [Columbia Univ., Palisades, NY (United States); Calkin, P.E. [Univ. of New York, Buffalo, NY (United States); Post, A. [Geological Survey, Vashon, WA (United States)

1995-08-01

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Geochronology and Equilibrium Line Altitudes of LLGM through Holocene Glaciations from the Tropical Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Geomorphologic relationships and cosmogenic 10Be ages from the Central Peruvian Andes reveal a rich record of glaciations from at least the late Holocene, Late Glacial, Last Local Glacial Maximum (LLGM), and older more extensive glaciations - dated between 50ka and 440ka in both the Cordillera Blanca, to the north and the Junin Region to the south. The Cordillera Huayhuash (10.3°S, 76.9°W) is located between these two well-studied regions. The spine of the range trends nearly north-south and contains a substantial east-west spur which together can be used to evaluate the spatial variation in paleo-ELAs. The range is thus a key location to study changes in ice extent and equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs) between the LLGM and modern periods. Modern glaciers are confined to altitudes >4800 m and the present (1997) ELA is 4800- 5100m. In order to determine the paleo-ice positions of glaciers in different valleys we have developed a new chronology from cosmogenic 10Be ages of moraine boulder and 14C basal bog core ages. Through field mapping of glacial features, analysis of satellite imagery, digital elevation models (DEMs), and geochronology, we have delineated the ice limits associated with the LLGM, Late Glacial, and Late Holocene advances. Ages in the three valleys we have studied cluster at ~29ka, ~13ka, and ~9ka and overall we have identified surfaces with ages that range from 39.9±1.4ka to 0.2ka±0.05ka. Based on these data, we have mapped the extent of the correlative paleo-glaciers in these three drainages and extracted the modern hypsometry for each paleo-glacier from the DEMs. From this data set, we have generated paleo- ELAs using a range of methods: Toe-to-Headwall-Altitude Ratio (THAR), the Accumulation Area Ratio (AAR), and Accumulation Area Balance Ratio (AABR). For each of the LLGM, Late Glacial and Holocene stages, we have calculated both: (1) the temperature depression assuming no moisture variations, and (2) the potential relative moisture gradients assuming a constant temperature depression. Our results suggest that variations in glacial extent (and therefore paleo-ELAs) are strongly correlated with differences in valley orientation and morphology as eastern drainages receive more moisture and have shallower topographic gradients than western drainages. Additionally, while there is an extensive record of older (>39.9±1.4ka) advances to the north (Cordillera Blanca) and to the south (Junin region), the confined morphology of the Cordillera Huayhaush valleys may have inhibited the preservation of older glacial geomorphologic features, thereby explaining the apparent lack of old moraines in this range.

Hall, S. R.; Ramage, J. M.; Rodbell, D. T.; Finkel, R. C.; Smith, J. A.; Mark, B. G.; Farber, D. L.

2006-12-01

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Combined Ice and Water Balances of Maclure Glacier, California, South Cascade Glacier, Washington, and Wolverine and Gulkana Glaciers, Alaska, 1967 Hydrologic Year  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Combined ice and water balances were measured in the 1967 hydrologic year (October 1-September 30) on four glaciers in western North America ranging in latitude from 37 deg to 63 deg N. This hydrologic year was characterized by heavier than normal winter precipitation in California and Washington and abnormally dry winter conditions in coastal Alaska. In summer the western conterminous states were abnormally dry and central and southern Alaska experienced very wet conditions. Maclure Glacier (lat 37 deg 45' N., 3,650-m (metres) mean equilibrium line altitude) had an above normal winter balance of 3.46 m and a positive annual balance of 1.05 m (metres of water equivalent). South Cascade Glacier (lat 48 deg 22' N., 1900-m mean equilibrium line altitude) had a winter balance of 3.28 m, slightly above average. Above normal summer ablation resulted in a final annual balance of -0.58 m, slightly more negative than has been the case for the past decade. Wolverine Glacier's (lat 60 deg 24' N., 1,200-m mean equilibrium line altitude) winter balance was 1.17 m, considerably below normal; the annual balance was -2.04 m. Gulkana Glacier (lat 63 deg 15' N., 1,700-m mean equilibrium line altitude) had a winter balance of 1.05 m, approximately normal for this glacier; the final annual balance was -0.30 m.

Tangborn, Wendell V.; Mayo, Lawrence R.; Scully, David R.; Krimmel, Robert M.

1977-01-01

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Central Himalayan Glaciers and Climate Change- Pinder Glacier- A preliminary study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) are the prime lifeline of Indian Subcontinent. There are about nine thousand glaciers of different size in this region. It is located within the latitudes 270N to 360N and longitude 720E to 960E. The second largest glacier, outside the polar and sub polar regions, Siachen glacier of length 74 km, is located in IHR. Many rivers in this continent originated from these glaciers. Study on the fluctuations especially of the snow cover and related parameters are important for the proper management of these rivers. Annual balance, fluctuations of glaciers, hydrological behaviour and the assessment of the winter snow pack are also critical for the proper flow and control of Himalayan Rivers. There are many hydroelectric and irrigation facilities in these snow fed rivers. Glacial melt is important as far as the river flow is concerned. Researchers had observed that the glacial mass balance has been found to show an inverse relationship with the monsoon. Glacial hydrometry and glacial melt are important aspects as far the studies of glaciers in this region. Himalayan glaciers are also important for ecosystem stability. In this perspective attempts had been made to examine the various environmental parameters of Pindari glacier and the upper reaches of the Pindari river. Pindari glacier is located in the Central Himalayan region. It is of length 8 Km. A few records available with Geological Survey of India for a period of hundred years reveals that Pindari glacial have an annual retreat of 8-10 M. Pindrai glacier had retreated about 425 M with in a period of fifty seven years. Pindari river originates from the buffer zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR) and is located in the lower regime of Pindari glacier. It is one of the prominent tributaries of Alaknanda. Tributaries of Pindari river are from Maktoli glacier, Kafani glacier and Sunderdhunga glacier. The changes in the Pindiari catchment area had been examined from the year 1990. Remote Sensing data of different years were used to analyze the changes in aerial extent of the pindari glacier. Pindari landscap is formed by the combined geomorphological process of fluvial and glacial. These processes are also maintaining the ecosystem balance of the catchment area. Snow covers area of this higher landscapet had been reduced considerably. The timberline of this region is shifting upper side of the glaciers, whereas the equilibrium line is also retreating. The spatial invasion in timber line and the retreat of the equilibrium line will further establish the negative mass balance of this glacier. However, the climatic variation may exacerbate the ecosystem balance of the region. All the reports on the glaciers in IHR regions review a negative mass balance and annual retreat up the glaciers. The observation records of these glaciers in IHR are about a period of hundred years this is quite in sufficient it establishes the relation between climate change and the glaciers retreat. However it is a known fact that the impact of rise in temperature due to anthropogenic effect may overstretch the rate the natural process of glacier retreat. The present study also discusses the unique phenomena of glacier melt due to climatic variations and its catastrophe.

Pillai, J.; Patel, L. K.

2011-12-01

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Quasi-equilibrium electron density along a magnetic field line  

SciTech Connect

A methodology is developed to determine the density of high-energy electrons along a magnetic field line for a low-{beta} plasma. This method avoids the expense and statistical noise of traditional particle tracking techniques commonly used for high-energy electrons in bombardment plasma generators. By preserving the magnetic mirror and assuming a mixing timescale, typically the elastic collision frequency with neutrals, a quasi-equilibrium electron distribution can be calculated. Following the transient decay, the analysis shows that both the normalized density and the reduction fraction due to collision converge to a single quasi-equilibrium solution.

Mao, Hann-Shin; Wirz, Richard [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States)

2012-11-26

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FIRN EDGE AND EQUILIBRIUM LINE DETECTION USING SATELLITE SAR  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glacier mass balance responds to changes in climate and may be used as a proxy indicator. How- ever, several obstacles oppose mass balance change detection using field observations and optical remote sensing techniques at high latitudes. To overcome these problems we investigated the capa- bility of satellite SAR to detect changes in mass balance and glacier facies. Eight years of

R. V. Engeset

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Complex Behaviour of Glaciers in Ladakh Mountains (J & K State, India) : Case Study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Ladakh Mountains house approximately 4500 glaciers in its two major basins, namely Indus (1800 glaciers) and Shyok (2700 glaciers).Glaciers in Indian Himalaya have been under monitor for past about five decades. Monitoring of scores of glaciers have been both in terms of documentary record and field studies of the glaciers in northwest Himalaya. The studies suggest that glaciers of Ladakh mountains show an extremely different behavior as compared to the glaciers of rest of northwest Himalaya. Four glaciers, namely Durung Drung, Kangriz, Machoi and Siachen, representing the Indus and Shyok basin are dealt herein. Sufficient documentary and field evidences of these four glaciers support the view that glaciers housed in Ladakh mountains contradict the commonly accepted concept of fast melting glaciers in Himalaya (Ganjoo and Koul 2009; Ganjoo et al. 2010). The studies further suggest that the secular movement of glaciers in Ladakh mountains is a complex phenomena of several micro and macro-climatic factors, terrain morphology, and tectonics (Ganjoo 2009, Koul and Ganjoo 2010). The change in the morphology of glaciers is not necessarily related with the change in climate as commonly believed and hyped. Ganjoo, R.K. (2009) Holocene Tectonics and Climate of Durung Drung Glacier Basin, Zanskar Himalaya, India (Abstract). The 5th International Symposium on Tibetan Plateau and 24th Himalaya- Karakorum-Tibet Workshop, Aug. 11-14, Beijing, China. Ganjoo, R.K. and Koul, M.N. (2009) Is the Siachen glacier melting? Current Science, 97(3), 309-310. Ganjoo, RK; Koul, MN; Ajai; Bahuguna, IM (2010) Glaciers of Nubra valley, Karakorum mountains, Ladakh (India) vis-à-vis climate change (abstract). 7th Annual Meeting of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, Hyderabad. Koul, M.N. and Ganjoo, R.K. (2010) Impact of inter- and intra-annual variation in weather parameters on mass balance and equilibrium line altitude of Naradu glacier (Himachal Pradesh), NW Himalaya, India. Climatic Change, 99, 119-139.

Ganjoo, R. K.

2011-12-01

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A comparison of late glacial to early Holocene fluctuations of Greenland Ice Sheet outlet glaciers with nearby mountain glaciers in central east Greenland  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent rapid fluctuations of Greenland Ice Sheet outlet glaciers have alarmed scientists and the public alike. These outlet glacier fluctuations may result from the internal mechanics of tidewater glaciers or the influence of ocean-water temperatures on glacial melting. In contrast, it is generally assumed that fluctuations of temperate mountain glaciers are influenced mainly by summer temperatures and, to a lesser amount, winter precipitation. Here we show that during late glacial and early Holocene time Greenland Ice Sheet outlet glacier fluctuations occurred at the same time as mountain glacier fluctuations in central east Greenland. Our recent work in the Scoresby Sund region of central east Greenland used equilibrium line altitudes determined from past mountain glacier extents to estimate summer temperatures during late glacial and early Holocene time. A chronology of these past mountain glacier extents is based on surface exposure (10Be) dating of moraines and a radiocarbon-dated relative sea level curve. In this same area, we applied 10Be dating to determine a chronology of past extents of Greenland Ice Sheet outlet glaciers. We present thirty new 10Be ages of moraines deposited by outlet glaciers located adjacent to mountain glaciers in the Scoresby Sund region. A comparison of the outlet glacier moraine ages with the previously determined chronology of mountain glacier extents shows that, during late glacial and early Holocene time, Greenland Ice Sheet outlet glaciers and mountain glaciers fluctuated on similar time scales. These results suggest that the ice sheet margin was sensitive to local climatic conditions, most likely summer temperatures. If so, the magnitude of summer cooling that drove the mountain glacier advances, estimated at 3.6 to 6.6°C, also influenced significant advances of outlet glaciers.

Kelly, M. A.; Lowell, T. V.; Hall, B. L.; Schaefer, J. M.

2010-12-01

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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, New Zealand: Historic length records  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Compilation of modern and historical length change records for Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers demonstrates that these glaciers have lost ~ 3 km in length and at least 3-4 km2 in area since the 1800s, with the greatest overall loss occurring between 1934 and 1983. Within this dramatic and ongoing retreat, both glaciers have experienced periods of re-advance. The record from Franz Josef Glacier is the most detailed, and shows major advances from 1946 to 1951 (340 m), 1965-1967 (400 m), 1983-1999 (1420 m) and 2004-2008 (280 m). At Fox Glacier the record is similar, with advances recorded during 1964-1968 (60 m), 1985-1999 (710 m) and 2004-2008 (290 m). Apart from the latest advance event, the magnitude of advance has been greater at Franz Josef Glacier, suggesting a higher length sensitivity. Analysis of the relationship between glacier length and a reconstructed annual equilibrium line altitude (ELA) record shows that the glaciers react very quickly to ELA variations - with the greatest correlation at 3-4 years' lag. The present (2014) retreat is the fastest retreat in the records of both glaciers. While decadal length fluctuations have been linked to hemispheric ocean-atmosphere variability, the overall reduction in length is a clear sign of twentieth century warming. However, documenting glacier length changes can be challenging; especially when increased surface debris-cover makes identification of the ‘true’ terminus a convoluted process.

Purdie, Heather; Anderson, Brian; Chinn, Trevor; Owens, Ian; Mackintosh, Andrew; Lawson, Wendy

2014-10-01

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Modelling glacier change in the Everest region, Nepal Himalaya  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this study, we apply a glacier mass balance and ice redistribution model to simulate historical and future glacier change in the Everest region of Nepal. High-resolution temperature and precipitation fields derived from gridded APHRODITE data, and validated against independent station observations from the EVK2CNR network, are used to drive the historical model from 1961 to 2007. The model is calibrated against geodetically derived estimates of net glacier mass change from 1992 to 2008, termini position of four large glaciers at the end of the calibration period, average velocities observed on selected debris-covered glaciers, and total glacierized area. We integrate field-based observations of glacier mass balance and ice thickness with remotely-sensed observations of decadal glacier change to validate the model. Between 1961 and 2007, the mean modelled volume change over the Dudh Kosi basin is -6.4 ± 1.5 km3, a decrease of 15.6% from the original estimated ice volume in 1961. Modelled glacier area change between 1961 and 2007 is -101.0 ± 11.4 km2, a decrease of approximately 20% from the initial extent. Scenarios of future climate change, based on CMIP5 RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 end members, suggest that glaciers in the Everest region will continue to lose mass through the 21st century. Glaciers in the basin are concentrated between 5000 and 6000 m of elevation, and are thus expected to be sensitive to changes in temperature and equilibrium line altitude (ELA). Glacier volume reductions between -35 to -62% are possible by 2050, and sustained temperature increases to 2100 may result in total glacier volume losses of between -73 and -96%.

Shea, J. M.; Immerzeel, W. W.; Wagnon, P.; Vincent, C.; Bajracharya, S.

2014-10-01

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Variations in Melt-Flow Acceleration Above and Below the Greenland Equilibrium Line  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Initial observations of accelerated ice flow at the equilibrium line in West-central Greenland during summer melt periods (1996 to 1999) indicated that surface melt-water rapidly propagated to the base and enhanced the basal sliding. Since then numerous observational and theoretical results have provided additional information on the melt-acceleration effect, while leading to some differing conclusions about the climatological and hydrological processes involved. Additional velocity measurements since 1999 show further characteristics of the melt-acceleration in the ice flowline though Swiss Camp, which terminates on land, and in a nearby flowline, which terminates in an outlet glacier. Accelerations as large as three times the average winter velocity are observed during stronger melt events. At downstream locations, accelerations begin earlier in the melt season, but accelerations at multiple sites along a flow line occur simultaneously later in the season. At the equilibrium line, a short period of surface uplift of about 50 cm occurs when the flow abruptly changes from acceleration to deceleration, apparently caused by ice compression during the transition. At downstream locations, the surface rises at the beginning of the melt season and drops at the end of melting suggesting an uplift forced by sub-ice water and sediment. Equivalence of the net additional displacement at upstream and downstream sites indicates no net longitudinal ice strain after the acceleration-deceleration periods. Approximate equivalence of the ratio of peak summer velocities to average winter velocities along the flowline indicate that local melt-acceleration is occurring at and above the equilibrium as well as from longitudinal coupling of downstream effects. High-frequency velocity observations show that the ice flow continues to accelerate with increasing water production during melt events, follow by an abrupt deceleration after the event, indicating that saturation of the acceleration effect from production of efficient sub-glacial channelization is not generally occurring. As the EL migrates inland with climatic warming, the melt-acceleration effect has also been migrating. The net additional displacement of several meters during the summer is about 3 to 5% of the total annual displacement, and is increasing as summer temperatures and surface melting increases.

Zwally, H.; Saba, J. L.; Steffen, K.

2013-12-01

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Modelling the Spatial Extent of Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand from Environmental Variables Using Remote Sensing and GIS  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study attempts to model the spatial extent of Franz Josef Glacier in the Southern Alps of New Zealand from environmental variables. Glacier tongue length, area, and equilibrium line altitude were measured in ArcView after 15 end?of?summer glacier termini were demarcated from a diverse source of remotely sensed materials that had been geometrically rectified. These tongue parameters were correlated with

Jay Gao

2004-01-01

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Non-Equilibrium and Current Sheet Formation in Line-Tied  

E-print Network

Non-Equilibrium and Current Sheet Formation in Line-Tied Magnetic Fields: Heating of the Solar in a magnetic non-equilibrium Parker's model (1972): Non-equilibrium driven by complex photospheric motions. i.e. surfaces of tangential discontinuities separating regions of quasi-equilibrium · Photospheric motion has

Ng, Chung-Sang

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Modeling mountain pine beetle disturbance in Glacier National Park using multiple lines of evidence  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Temperate forest ecosystems are subject to various disturbances which contribute to ecological legacies that can have profound effects on the structure of the ecosystem. Impacts of disturbance can vary widely in extent, duration and severity over space and time. Given that global climate change is expected to increase rates of forest disturbance, an understanding of these events are critical in the interpretation of contemporary forest patterns and those of the near future. We seek to understand the impact of the 1970s mountain pine beetle outbreak on the landscape of Glacier National Park and investigate any connection between this event and subsequent decades of extensive wildfire. The lack of spatially explicit data on the mountain pine beetle disturbance represents a major data gap and inhibits our ability to test for correlations between outbreak severity and fire severity. To overcome this challenge, we utilized multiple lines of evidence to model forest canopy mortality as a proxy for outbreak severity. We used historical aerial and landscape photos, reports, aerial survey data, a six year collection of Landsat imagery and abiotic data in combination with regression analysis. The use of remotely sensed data is critical in large areas where subsequent disturbance (fire) has erased some of the evidence from the landscape. Results indicate that this method is successful in capturing the spatial heterogeneity of the outbreak in a topographically complex landscape. Furthermore, this study provides an example on the use of existing data to reduce levels of uncertainty associated with an historic disturbance.

Assal, Timothy; Sibold, Jason

2013-01-01

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Non-Equilibrium and Current Sheet Formation in Line-Tied  

E-print Network

Non-Equilibrium and Current Sheet Formation in Line-Tied Magnetic Fields C. S. Ng and A years Require sharp gradient (current sheets) Line-tying in photosphere Quasi-equilibrium --- most equations #12;Magnetostatic equilibrium J z +[A, J] = 0 ,or B J = 0 with = = 0. c.f. 2D Euler equation

Ng, Chung-Sang

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Reconstructing glaciers: Sedimentary sources, sinks and fingerprints  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers are natural systems that shape and influence their geological surroundings through erosion and redistribution of sediments and rocks from one place to another. Their presence are determined by the landscape, regional climatic parameters such as wind, precipitation and temperature, and for these reasons they are valuable proxies of present and past climatic change. During the last four decades researchers have attempted to develop and assess methods that reliably and accurately reproduce continuous glacier variability over timescales extending thousands of years back in time. At the core of this multi-disciplinary endeavour is a strong desire to enhance our knowledge about how glaciers respond to a wider spectre of climatic change beyond what has been observed and documented for the last ~100 years. By far the majority of existing continuous glacier reconstructions are based on empirical evidence derived from soft sediment archives - mainly from lakes and fjords - making it quintessential to understand the sedimentary sources and sinks operating in glacierized catchment systems. If paleoclimatic inferences are to be made from such glacier reconstructions it is imperative that relevant sources of noise is considered, identified and, preferentially, eliminated. Here we review some of the problems and prospects of reconstructing temperate mountain or cirque glaciers as well as basic assumptions underlying most continuous glacier reconstructions. We will illustrate this challenge by presenting new data from a glacierized catchment surrounding a small lake called Blåvatnet located in Northern Norway at 68°N. A suit of piston and short gravity cores from the lake have been analysed and the results have been tested and corroborated by catchment samples from different sedimentary sources - an approach that is deemed to be of critical value when it comes to fingerprinting the glacier signal. Methodological emphasis is put on rock magnetism, which we demonstrate to be exceptionally well suited for identifying different sedimentary sources and characteristics typical for glacierized catchments. High sedimentation rates allow for a decadal glacier reconstruction covering the last 4000 years. Specifically, we observe major fluctuations in glacier activity that corresponds to an Equilibrium-Line-Altitude (ELA) variability of +/- 100 m. Peak activity is associated with the 'Little Ice Age' (1400-1800 AD) and a Neoglacial Maximum which occurred around 2500 years ago.

Paasche, O.; Lovlie, R.; Bakke, J.; Hirt, A. M.

2012-12-01

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Modeling on the Steady State of Thwaites Glacier  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thwaites Glacier (TWG) is the second largest ice stream in West Antarctica in terms of ice discharge, and the broadest ice stream in Antarctica (120 km wide). Observations and theory suggest that its configuration is inherently unstable in a warming climate. Satellite observations have revealed grounding line retreat, ice thinning, ice stream broadening and in more recent years ice flow acceleration. The most important part of the glacier evolution involves its grounding line dynamics and the impact of ice-ocean interactions. In a region between the grounding line and the limit of the flexure zone, some 10 km downstream, however, the glacier is not in hydrostatic equilibrium. Proper treatment of the grounding line dynamics requires full Stokes solution. Here, we model the grounding line of TWG in 2D, full Stokes, with the goal to examine whether the glacier is in a steady state configuration or not. The model treats ice sheet and ice shelf as two fluids coupled through the ice mass flux (Nowicki, 2008). Water stress is used as a constraint on the ice shelf instead of hydrostatic equilibrium. We use radar interferometry (InSAR) measurements of ice velocity and grounding line position through time, Bedmap2 and IceBridge thickness, and surface mass balance from RACMO to constrain the model. The results are used to conclude on the state of dynamic balance of the glacier. This work is funded by NASA Cryospheric Science Program.

Yu, H.; Rignot, E. J.; Morlighem, M.; Seroussi, H.

2013-12-01

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Geometric properties of magnetic field lines on toroidal magnetic surfaces in the context of plasma equilibrium  

SciTech Connect

An analysis of plasma equilibrium in a magnetic confinement system includes studies of how the shape of the magnetic surfaces is distorted with varying magnitude and profile of the plasma pressure. Such studies allow one, in particular, to determine the maximum {beta} value consistent with equilibrium, {beta}{sub eq}, i.e., the maximum plasma pressure above which the equilibrium in a confinement system under analysis is impossible. Since the magnetic field lines form magnetic surfaces, their global relationship with equilibrium is obvious. Here, special attention is paid to a local relationship between equilibrium and geometric properties of the magnetic field lines.

Skovoroda, A. A. [Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute, Nuclear Fusion Institute (Russian Federation)

2007-08-15

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Gulkana Glacier, Alaska-Mass balance, meteorology, and water measurements, 1997-2001  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The measured winter snow, maximum winter snow, net, and annual balances for 1997-2001 in the Gulkana Glacier basin are determined at specific points and over the entire glacier area using the meteorological, hydrological, and glaciological data. We provide descriptions of glacier geometry to aid in estimation of conventional and reference surface mass balances and descriptions of ice motion to aid in the understanding of the glacier's response to its changing geometry. These data provide annual estimates for area altitude distribution, equilibrium line altitude, and accumulation area ratio during the study interval. New determinations of historical area altitude distributions are given for 1900 and annually from 1966 to 2001. As original weather instrumentation is nearing the end of its deployment lifespan, we provide new estimates of overlap comparisons and precipitation catch efficiency. During 1997-2001, Gulkana Glacier showed a continued and accelerated negative mass balance trend, especially below the equilibrium line altitude where thinning was pronounced. Ice motion also slowed, which combined with the negative mass balance, resulted in glacier retreat under a warming climate. Average annual runoff augmentation by glacier shrinkage for 1997-2001 was 25 percent compared to the previous average of 13 percent, in accordance with the measured glacier volume reductions.

March, Rod S.; O'Neel, Shad

2011-01-01

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Bivachnyy Glacier  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

Photograph of Bivachnyy Glacier, a surging valley glacier in the central Pamir Mountains. The glacier has a thick debris cover derived from adjacent mountains. Photograph courtesy of V.M. Kotlyakov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow....

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Glacier Melt  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This short video shows an example of melting alpine glaciers in the Austrian Alps (Goldberg Glacier). Disappearing alpine glaciers have social and environmental impacts, including the decline of fresh water supplies and contributing to sea level rise.

Geographic, National

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Glacier Maker  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site contains hands-on activities that explore the structure of glaciers. Students identify the contents of a glacier like those found in Patagonia; construct a mini glacier model in class; and compare and contrast the classroom model with Patagonian glaciers. Topics included in this page are: Instructional objectives, background materials, activity, procedure, evaluation and web resources.

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Debris-Covered Glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, California, and Their Implications for Snowline Reconstructions  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Ice-walled melt ponds on the surfaces of active valley-floor rock glaciers and Matthes (Little Ice Age) moraines in the southern Sierra Nevada indicate that most of these landforms consist of glacier ice under thin (ca. 1 - 10 m) but continuous covers of rock-fall-generated debris. These debris blankets effectively insulate the underlying ice and greatly reduce rates of ablation relative to that of uncovered ice. Such insulation explains the observations that ice-cored rock glaciers in the Sierra, actually debris-covered glaciers, are apparently less sensitive to climatic warming and commonly advance to lower altitudes than do adjacent bare-ice glaciers. Accumulation-area ratios and toe-to-headwall-altitude ratios used to estimate equilibrium-line altitudes (ELAs) of former glaciers may therefore yield incorrect results for cirque glaciers subject to abundant rockfall. Inadvertent lumping of deposits from former debris-covered and bare-ice glaciers partially explains an apparently anomalous regional ELA gradient reported for the pre-Matthes Recess Peak Neoglacial advance. Distinguishing such deposits may be important to studies that rely on paleo-ELA estimates. Moreover, Matthes and Recess Peak ELA gradients along the crest evidently depend strongly on local orographic effects rather than latitudinal climatic trends, indicating that simple linear projections and regional climatic interpretations of ELA gradients of small glaciers may be unreliable.

Clark, D.H.; Clark, M.M.; Gillespie, A.R.

1994-01-01

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Engineering geomorphology of rock glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A partnership between geomorphology and engineering is facilitating human development in this harsh environment. Rock glaciers provide locations for urban water sources, construction borrow sources, drill sites, shaft and tunnel portals, ski tower supports, and dam abutments. Rock glaciers, as dynamic landforms, necessitate proper identification in the field. Placing structures on, in, or adjacent to rock glaciers requires an appreciation and understanding of their temporal stability. Internal and surface characteristics provide important clues to the development and deformation of rock glaciers. Rock glaciers play a significant role in the alpine debris transport system. Active movement and mass wasting are perhaps the most obvious geologic hazards affecting engineered works. The structure of the rock glacier is conducive to the production of a steady, continuous supply of meltwater during summer months. Thus, rock glaciers serve as alpine aquifers. Consideration of rock glaciers as potential aquifer sources requires caution because of the long-term impact of climate change on the temporal nature of the landform. From the rock glaciers that we have monitored for water quality characteristics, it appears that they provide quality potable water. This paper provides a foundation for appreciation and understanding of rock glaciers from an engineering geomorphologic point of view. The approach taken in this paper provides practical, important information to aid the engineer and engineering geologist in prudent evaluations of rock glaciers as potential sites for human development and uses. The bottom line of our paper is: rock glaciers must be avoided for essentially all structures.

Burger, K. C.; Degenhardt, J. J.; Giardino, J. R.

1999-12-01

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Equilibrium Line Altitudes and paleotemperature reconstructions from Nevado Hualcán (9°S) and Nevado Coropuna (15°S), Tropical Andes (Peru).  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We have reconstructed the Equilibrium Line Altitude (ELA) in seven valleys on the SW slope of Nevado Hualcán (9°S, 77°W; 6122 m asl) and on the SE slope of Nevado Coropuna (15°S, 72°W; 6377masl) using the Area x Altitude Balance Ratio method (Osmaston 2005). We have also deduced the paleotemperatures using the following equation: ?T=ATLR•?ELA; being ?T (°C) the paleotemperature depression; ATLR (°C/m) the Atmospheric Temperature Lapse Rate; and ?ELA (m) the ELA depression. The ATLR for Coropuna was deduced through the use of data loggers. For Hualcán we used the value ATLR =0.0065°C/m, valid for the tropics (Kaser and Osmaston, 2002). We obtained the following results: 1) Hualcán: a) ELAs: 5124m (2003); 5018m (1962); 4994m during the Little Ice Age (LIA); and 4652m during the last studied maximum advance considered to be the Younger Dryas (YD, ~13-11ka) by correlation with nearby mountains (Glasser et al., 2009). b) ?ELAs: 106m (1962); 130m (LIA); and 199m (YD). c) ?T: -0.69°C (1962); -0.85°C (LIA); -3.07°C (YD). 2) Coropuna: a) ELAs: 5862m (2007); 5853m (1986); 5787m (1955); 5776 (LIA); and 4951m in the 13-1136Cl ka phase (Ubeda, 2011). b) ?ELA: 9m (1986); 66m (1955); 86m (LIA); and 911m in 13-1136Cl ka. C) ?T: -0.20°C (1986); -0.71°C (1955); and -7.65°C (13-1136Cl ka). The values ?T during LIA in Hualcán and Coropuna (0.85 and 0.72°C) are consistent with the global warming considered to be 0,74°C between 1906 and 2005 (IPCC, 2007). During the mid XXth century and the LIA, ?T is higher in Hualcán (0.69°C and 0.85°C) than in Coropuna (0.55°C and 0.72°C), with a regional gradient of -0.02°C per degree of latitude (°C/°). However, during the YD (13-1136Cl ka), ?T was higher in Coropuna (7.65°C) than in Hualcán (3.07°C), with a gradient of 0.76°C/°. Although other evidences exist of a pantropical cooling of >5°C during the last glaciation, in Coropuna this cooling was strengthened by the retro-alimentation of its glacial system which in 13-1136Cl ka had a surface of >400 km2 (Ubeda, 2011). Glasser, N.F., Clemmens, S., Schnabel, C., Fenton, C.R. and McHargue, L., 2009. Tropical glacier fluctuations in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru between 12.5 and 7.6 ka from cosmogenic 10Be dating. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28: 3448-3458. IPCC, 2007: Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Core Writing Team, Pachauri, R.K and Reisinger, A. (eds.)]. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, 104 pp. Kaser, G. and Osmaston, H., 2002. Tropical Glaciers. International Hydrology Series. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (U.K.), 207 pp. Osmaston, H., 2005. Estimates of glacier equilibrium line altitudes by the Area x Altitude, the Area x Altitude Balance Ratio and the Area x Altitude Balance Index methods and their validation. Quaternary International, 22-31: 138-139. Úbeda, J., 2011. El impacto del cambio climático en los glaciares del complejo volcánico Nevado Coropuna (cordillera occidental de los Andes, Sur del Perú). PhD Thesis. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, (Spain), 558 pp. Available online: http://eprints.ucm.es/12076/ Research funded by CGL2009-7343 project, Government of Spain.

Úbeda, J.; Giráldez, C.; Palacios, D.

2012-04-01

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Velocity change and ice discharge from Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Satellite radar interferometry data from ERS-1/2 acquired in 1996 were employed to map the ice velocity of the outlet glaciers discharging ice along the eastern flank of the Peninsula from 64 south to 71 south, and along the former Wordie Ice Shelf in the west. Differential radar interferometry was employed to map the position of the glacier grounding lines. Estimates of ice thickness at the grounding line were obtained from hydrostatic equilibrium using existing topographic maps, or from direct measurement from radio echo sounding by BAS in 1994-2000 and CECS/NASA in 2002. The resulting glacier fluxes were compared to snow accumulation compiled by Turner et al. (2002) to deduce first-order estimates of the glacier mass balance. In places where ice shelves are known to have been retreating, we compared the 1996 velocities with older measurements as well as more recent estimates from ERS-1/2 (2000), Radarsat (2000-2003) and Aster (2002). On Fleming Glacier, we find a large increase in flow speed from 1972 to 1996, with no further increase after 1996, which suggests that the glacier did respond to the collapse of Wordie Ice Shelf several decades ago. On Drygakski glacier in the east, we confirm a large acceleration of the glacier following the collapse of Larsen B, as revealed by Rott et al. (2002), which is continuing to this date. We conclude on the effect of retreating ice shelves on the evolution of inland ice in this sector of Antarctica and on its impact on sea level rise.

Rignot, E.; Pritchard, H.; Vaughan, D.; Rivera, A.; Kanagaratnam, P.; Casassa, G.; Thomas, R.

2003-12-01

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Do Glaciers on Cascade Volcanoes Behave Differently Than Other Glaciers in the Region?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It has been suggested that glaciers on two stratovolcanoes in the Cascade Range of Washington state, Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak, achieved their maximum extent of the past 10,000 years during the early Holocene. These findings differ from most evidence in western North America, which indicates that Little Ice Age moraines represent the most extensive glacier advances of the Holocene. Significant early Holocene advances are difficult to reconcile with the documented warm, dry conditions at this time in western North America. Our data indicate that glaciers on these volcanoes responded similarly to Holocene climatic events as glaciers in other areas in Washington and British Columbia. Heavy winter accumulation and favorable hypsometry have been proposed as the explanations for the unusual behavior of glaciers on volcanoes compared to similar-sized glaciers elsewhere in the Cascade Range. However, glacier mass balance on the volcanoes is controlled by not only these factors, but also by glacier geometry, snow erosion and ablation. Accumulation zones of glaciers on isolated Cascade stratovolcanoes are high, but are narrow at the top. For example, the accumulation zone of Deming Glacier on the southwest side of Mt. Baker extends above 3000 m asl, but due to its wedge shape lies largely below 2500 m asl. Furthermore, glaciers on Mt. Baker and other symmetrical volcanoes have high ablation rates because they are not shaded, and south-southwest aspects are subject to erosion of snow by prevailing southwesterly winds. Modern glacier observations in the North Cascades quantify the important influence of aspect and snow erosion on glacier mass balance. For example, average equilibrium line altitude (ELA) of Easton Glacier on the south flank of Mt. Baker is 2160 m, whereas the ELA of a north-facing cirque glacier 25km to the east is 2040m. Our research at Mt. Baker contradicts the claim of extensive early Holocene advances on the south flank of the volcano. Tephra set SC, which has been radiocarbon dated to about 8850 14C yr old, is found on ridges that were previously mapped as moraines younger than the tephra. This relation indicates that "early Holocene" ridges are more than 8850 14C yr old, with their maximum age unconstrained. Most of the radial ridges previously mapped as moraines cannot be conclusively shown to be moraines; they could be lahar levees or diamict-covered bedrock ridges, which are common on Cascade stratovolcanoes. Our data indicate that the record of middle and late Holocene glaciation on Mt. Baker is similar, if not identical, to that reported from the British Columbia Coast Mountains. Consequently, there is no reason to believe that the history of Holocene glaciation on Cascade volcanoes is radically different than elsewhere in western North America.

Riedel, J. L.; Ryane, C.; Osborn, J.; Davis, T.; Menounos, B.; Clague, J. J.; Koch, J.; Scott, K. M.; Reasoner, M.

2006-12-01

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Defining modern day Area-Altitude Balance Ratios (AABRs) and their use in glacier-climate reconstructions  

Microsoft Academic Search

With the increasing use of digital elevation models in palaeo-glacier reconstructions and the availability of freeware spreadsheets the Area-Altitude Balance Ratio (AABR) and Balance Ratio (BR) methods are becoming increasingly used in palaeo-glacier reconstruction for estimating Equilibrium Line Altitudes (ELA) and subsequently deriving quantitative estimates of palaeo-climate. While there are many data detailing contemporary Accumulation Area Ratios, there are still

Brice R. Rea

2009-01-01

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Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacier variations in the European Alps  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the Alps, climatic conditions reflected in glacier and rock glacier activity in the earliest Holocene show a strong affinity to conditions in the latest Pleistocene (Younger Dryas). Glacier advances in the Alps related to Younger Dryas cooling led to the deposition of Egesen stadial moraines. Egesen stadial moraines can be divided into three or in some cases even more phases (sub-stadials). Moraines of the earliest and most extended advance, the Egesen maximum, stabilized at 12.2 ± 1.0 ka based on 10Be exposure dating at the Schönferwall (Tyrol, Austria) and the Julier Pass-outer moraine (Switzerland). Final stabilization of moraines at the end of the Egesen stadial was at 11.3 ± 0.9 ka as shown by 10Be data from four sites across the Alps. From west to east the sites are Piano del Praiet (northwestern Italy), Grosser Aletschgletscher (central Switzerland), Julier Pass-inner moraine (eastern Switzerland), and Val Viola (northeastern Italy). There is excellent agreement of the 10Be ages from the four sites. In the earliest Holocene, glaciers in the northernmost mountain ranges advanced at around 10.8 ± 1.1 ka as shown by 10Be data from the Kartell site (northern Tyrol, Austria). In more sheltered, drier regions rock glacier activity dominated as shown, for example, at Julier Pass and Larstig valley (Tyrol, Austria). New 10Be dates presented here for two rock glaciers in Larstig valley indicate final stabilization no later than 10.5 ± 0.8 ka. Based on this data, we conclude the earliest Holocene (between 11.6 and about 10.5 ka) was still strongly affected by the cold climatic conditions of the Younger Dryas and the Preboreal oscillation, with the intervening warming phase having had the effect of rapid downwasting of Egesen glaciers. At or slightly before 10.5 ka rapid shrinkage of glaciers to a size smaller than their late 20th century size reflects markedly warmer and possibly also drier climate. Between about 10.5 ka and 3.3 ka conditions in the Alps were not conducive to significant glacier expansion except possibly during rare brief intervals. Past tree-line data from Kaunertal (Tyrol, Austria) in concert with radiocarbon and dendrochronologically dated wood fragments found recently in the glacier forefields in both the Swiss and Austrian Alps points to long periods during the Holocene when glaciers were smaller than they were during the late 20th century. Equilibrium line altitudes (ELA) were about 200 m higher than they are today and about 300 m higher in comparison to Little Ice Age (LIA) ELAs. The Larstig rock glacier site we dated with 10Be is the type area for a postulated mid-Holocene cold period called the Larstig oscillation (presumed age about 7.0 ka). Our data point to final stabilization of those rock glaciers in the earliest Holocene and not in the middle Holocene. The combined data indicate there was no time window in the middle Holocene long enough for rock glaciers of the size and at the elevation of the Larstig site to have formed. During the short infrequent cold oscillations between 10.5 and 3.3 ka small glaciers (less than several km 2) may have advanced to close to their LIA dimensions. Overall, the cold periods were just too short for large glaciers to advance. After 3.3 ka, climate conditions became generally colder and warm periods were brief and less frequent. Large glaciers (for example Grosser Aletschgletscher) advanced markedly at 3.0-2.6 ka, around 600 AD and during the LIA. Glaciers in the Alps attained their LIA maximum extents in the 14th, 17th, and 19th centuries, with most reaching their greatest LIA extent in the final 1850/1860 AD advance.

Ivy-Ochs, Susan; Kerschner, Hanns; Maisch, Max; Christl, Marcus; Kubik, Peter W.; Schlüchter, Christian

2009-10-01

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Secular trend of the equilibrium-line altitude on the western side of the southern Andes, derived from radiosonde and surface observations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The altitude of the 0°C isotherm obtained from radiosonde data of the aerological Chilean stations Antofagasta, Quintero/Santo Domingo, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas are analyzed, along with surface temperature and precipitation records from nearby stations. The strong effect of the 1976/77 climate shift due to a change in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation is evident in the temperature and precipitation data. The data are used as input for an empirical model which reconstructs annually the equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) for the last 49 years on the western side of the southern Andes. The model takes air temperature, precipitation and altitude as the main parameters, and was first developed by Fox (1993) and applied by Condom and others (2007). From the radiosonde data, a significant positive trend of the 0°C isotherm has occurred in the northern, central and southern regions, indicating an ELA rise due to regional warming. General glacier retreat, ice thinning and negative mass balance observed during the past few decades in virtually all the Chilean Andes concur with the observed ELA reconstruction. In the Punta Arenas radiosonde record there is slight evidence for precipitation increase but no evidence for significant warming in the past few decades. This results in a slight lowering of the ELA according to the model reconstruction, which does not agree with the strong and increased glacier retreat observed in recent decades in Patagonia.

Carrasco, Jorge F.; Osorio, Roberto; Casassa, Gino

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Age and significance of former low-altitude corrie glaciers on Hoy, Orkney Islands  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Geomorphological mapping provides evidence for two former low-level corrie glaciers on Hoy, both defined by end moraines. Five 10Be exposure ages obtained from sandstone boulders on moraine crests fall within the range 12.4??1.5 ka to 10.4??1.7 ka (weighted mean 11.7??0.6 ka), confirming that these glaciers developed during the Loch Lomond (Younger Dryas) Stade (LLS) of 12.9-11.5 cal. ka BP, and demonstrate the feasibility of using this approach to establish the age of LLS glacier limits. The equilibrium line altitude (ELA) of one of the glaciers (99 m) is the lowest recorded for any LLS glacier, and the area-weighted mean ELA for both (141 m) is consistent with a general northward ELA decrease along the west coast of Britain. The size of moraines fronting these small (???0.75 km2) glaciers implies that glacier termini remained at or close to their limits for a prolonged period. The apparent restriction of LLS glaciers to only two sites on Hoy probably reflects topographic favourability, and particularly the extent of snow-contributing areas.

Ballantyne, C.K.; Hall, A.M.; Phillips, W.; Binnie, S.; Kubik, P.W.

2007-01-01

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Effect of precipitation seasonality on climatic sensitivity of glacier mass balance  

Microsoft Academic Search

Numerical calculations are described, aimed at evaluating the influence of precipitation seasonality and seasonality concentration on climatic sensitivity of glacier mass balance. Equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs) are modeled using idealized meteorological variables, and then a warming test (+1 °C) is performed, which revealed that the effects of latitude and the annual precipitation amount are less than those of precipitation seasonality and

Koji Fujita

2008-01-01

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Glacier fluctuations in the Southern Alps of New Zealand determined from snowline elevations  

SciTech Connect

Preliminary analysis of 452 determinations of end-of-summer glacier snowline altitudes (ELAs) made over 17 yr on up to 47 glaciers show good correlation with major climatic events, and conform well with fluctuations of glacier termini when reaction times are taken into consideration. With snowline altitudes used as surrogates for annual mass balance values, there is a recent trend to increased mass balances, i.e. a climate {open_quotes}cooling,{close_quotes} which follows a long period of predominantly glacial recession. Snowline trend surfaces plotted for the Southern Alps of New Zealand show considerable warping with variable departures from the steady-state equilibrium-line altitude each year. The current resurgence of the more active glaciers should continue in the near future. 39 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

Chinn, T.J.H. [Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Ltds., P.B. Dunedin (New Zealand)

1995-05-01

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Balance Mass Flux and Velocity Across the Equilibrium Line in Ice Drainage Systems of Greenland  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Estimates of balance mass flux and the depth-averaged ice velocity through the cross-section aligned with the equilibrium line are produced for each of six drainage systems in Greenland. (The equilibrium line, which lies at approximately 1200 m elevation on the ice sheet, is the boundary between the area of net snow accumulation at higher elevations and the areas of net melting at lower elevations around the ice sheet.) Ice drainage divides and six major drainage systems are delineated using surface topography from ERS (European Remote Sensing) radar altimeter data. The net accumulation rate in the accumulation zone bounded by the equilibrium line is 399 Gt/yr and net ablation rate in the remaining area is 231 Gt/yr. (1 GigaTon of ice is 1090 kM(exp 3). The mean balance mass flux and depth-averaged ice velocity at the cross-section aligned with the modeled equilibrium line are 0.1011 Gt kM(exp -2)/yr and 0.111 km/yr, respectively, with little variation in these values from system to system. The ratio of the ice mass above the equilibrium line to the rate of mass output implies an effective exchange time of approximately 6000 years for total mass exchange. The range of exchange times, from a low of 3 ka in the SE drainage system to 14 ka in the NE, suggests a rank as to which regions of the ice sheet may respond more rapidly to climate fluctuations.

Zwally, H. Jay; Giovinetto, Mario B.; Koblinsky, Chester J. (Technical Monitor)

2001-01-01

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Non-equilibrium effects on line-of-sight size estimates of QSO absorption systems  

E-print Network

Estimates of the linear extent of heavy-element absorption systems along the line-of-sight to a QSO often assume that the cloud is photoionized and that the temperature takes the equilibrium value where photo-heating balances line cooling. We show that rather small deviations from this photoionization equilibrium temperature caused by additional heating processes will lead to an overestimate of the neutral hydrogen fraction and thus to an underestimate of the thickness of the absorber by about two orders of magnitude. Such temperature deviations are indicated both by observations and numerical simulations. This interpretation reconciles the discrepancy between the rather small extent of heavy-element-absorption systems parallel to the line-of-sight obtained from a standard photoionization analysis and the much larger transverse sizes estimates inferred from the observation of common absorption in the spectra of close quasar pairs.

Martin G. Haehnelt; Michael Rauch; Matthias Steinmetz

1996-08-21

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Modelling the impact of submarine frontal melting and ice mélange on glacier dynamics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Two mechanisms are generally proposed to explain seasonal variations in the calving front of tidewater glaciers: submarine melting of the calving face and the mechanical back-force applied by the ice mélange. However, the way these processes affect the calving rate and the glacier dynamics remains uncertain. In this study, we used the finite element model Elmer/Ice to simulate the impact of these forcings on more than 200 two dimensional theoretical flowline glacier configurations. The model, which includes calving processes, suggests that frontal melting affects the position of the terminus only slightly (< a few hundred meters) and does not affect the pluriannual glacier mass balance at all. However, the ice mélange has a greater impact on the advance and retreat cycles of the glacier front (more than several 1000 m) and its consequences for the mass balance are not completely negligible, stressing the need for better characterization of forcing properties. We also show that ice mélange forcing against the calving face can mechanically prevent crevasse propagation at sea level and hence prevent calving. Results also revealed different behaviors in grounded and floating glaciers: in the case of a floating extension, the heaviest forcings can disrupt the glacier equilibrium by modifying its buttressing and ice flux at the grounding line.

Krug, J.; Durand, G.; Gagliardini, O.; Weiss, J.

2015-01-01

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Tropical Glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The term "tropical glacier" calls to mind balmy nights and palm trees on one hand and cold, blue ice on the other. Certainly author Gabriel Garcia Marqez exploited this contrast in One Hundred Years of Solitude. We know that tropical fish live in warm, Sun-kissed waters and tropical plants provide lush, dense foliage populated by colorful tropical birds. So how do tropical glaciers fit into this scene? Like glaciers everywhere, tropical glaciers form where mass accumulation—usually winter snow—exceeds mass loss, which is generally summer melt. Thus, tropical glaciers exist at high elevations where precipitation can occur as snowfall exceeds melt and sublimation losses, such as the Rwenzori Mountains in east Africa and the Maoke Range of Irian Jaya.

Fountain, Andrew

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Hydrodynamic Models of Line-Driven Accretion Disk Winds III: Local Ionization Equilibrium  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We present time-dependent numerical hydrodynamic models of line-driven accretion disk winds in cataclysmic variable systems and calculate wind mass-loss rates and terminal velocities. The models are 2.5-dimensional, include an energy balance condition with radiative heating and cooling processes, and includes local ionization equilibrium introducing time dependence and spatial dependence on the line radiation force parameters. The radiation field is assumed to originate in an optically thick accretion disk. Wind ion populations are calculated under the assumption that local ionization equilibrium is determined by photoionization and radiative recombination, similar to a photoionized nebula. We find a steady wind flowing from the accretion disk. Radiative heating tends to maintain the temperature in the higher density wind regions near the disk surface, rather than cooling adiabatically. For a disk luminosity L (sub disk) = solar luminosity, white dwarf mass M(sub wd) = 0.6 solar mass, and white dwarf radii R(sub wd) = 0.01 solar radius, we obtain a wind mass-loss rate of M(sub wind) = 4 x 10(exp -12) solar mass yr(exp -1) and a terminal velocity of approximately 3000 km per second. These results confirm the general velocity and density structures found in our earlier constant ionization equilibrium adiabatic CV wind models. Further we establish here 2.5D numerical models that can be extended to QSO/AGN winds where the local ionization equilibrium will play a crucial role in the overall dynamics.

Pereyra, Nicolas Antonio; Kallman, Timothy R.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

2002-01-01

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Hydrodynamic Models of Line-Driven Accretion Disk Winds III: Local Ionization Equilibrium  

E-print Network

We present time-dependent numerical hydrodynamic models of line-driven accretion disk winds in cataclysmic variable systems and calculate wind mass-loss rates and terminal velocities. The models are 2.5-dimensional, include an energy balance condition with radiative heating and cooling processes, and includes local ionization equilibrium introducing time dependence and spatial dependence on the line radiation force parameters. The radiation field is assumed to originate in an optically thick accretion disk. Wind ion populations are calculated under the asumption that local ionization equilibrium is determined by photoionization and radiative recombination, similar to a photoionized nebula. We find a steady wind flowing from the accretion disk. Radiative heating tends to maintain the temperature in the higher density wind regions near the disk surface, rather than cooling adiabatically. For a disk luminosity Ldisk = Lsun, white dwarf mass Mwd = 0.6 Msun, and white dwarf radii Rwd = 0.01 Rsun, we obtain a wind mass-loss rate of dMwind/dt =4E-12 Msun/yr, and a terminal velocity of ~ 3000 km/s. These results confirm the general velocity and density tructures found in our earlier constant ionization equilibrium adiabatic CV wind models. Further we establish here 2.5D numerical models that can be extended to QSO/AGN winds where the local ionization equilibrium will play a crucial role in the overall dynamics.

Nicolas A. Pereyra; Timothy R. Kallman

2002-09-17

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Hydrodynamic Models of Line-Driven Accretion Disk Winds III Local Ionization Equilibrium  

E-print Network

We present time-dependent numerical hydrodynamic models of line-driven accretion disk winds in cataclysmic variable systems and calculate wind mass-loss rates and terminal velocities. The models are 2.5-dimensional, include an energy balance condition with radiative heating and cooling processes, and includes local ionization equilibrium introducing time dependence and spatial dependence on the line radiation force parameters. The radiation field is assumed to originate in an optically thick accretion disk. Wind ion populations are calculated under the asumption that local ionization equilibrium is determined by photoionization and radiative recombination, similar to a photoionized nebula. We find a steady wind flowing from the accretion disk. Radiative heating tends to maintain the temperature in the higher density wind regions near the disk surface, rather than cooling adiabatically. For a disk luminosity Ldisk = Lsun, white dwarf mass Mwd = 0.6 Msun, and white dwarf radii Rwd = 0.01 Rsun, we obtain a wind ...

Pereyra, N A; Pereyra, Nicolas A.; Kallman, Timothy R.

2003-01-01

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Hydrodynamic Models of Line-Driven Accretion Disk Winds III: Local Ionization Equilibrium  

Microsoft Academic Search

We present time-dependent numerical hydrodynamic models of line-driven\\u000aaccretion disk winds in cataclysmic variable systems and calculate wind\\u000amass-loss rates and terminal velocities. The models are 2.5-dimensional,\\u000ainclude an energy balance condition with radiative heating and cooling\\u000aprocesses, and includes local ionization equilibrium introducing time\\u000adependence and spatial dependence on the line radiation force parameters. The\\u000aradiation field is assumed

Nicolas Antonio Pereyra; Timothy R. Kallman

2002-01-01

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Western Glacier Stonefly  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

 The rare western glacier stonefly (Zapada glacier) is native to Glacier National Park and is seeking habitat at higher elevations due to warming stream temperature and glacier loss due to climate warming. ...

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Western Glacier Stonefly  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

The rare western glacier stonefly (Zapada glacier) is native to Glacier National Park and is seeking habitat at higher elevations due to warming stream temperature and glacier loss due to climate warming. ...

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NON-EQUILIBRIUM IONIZATION EFFECTS ON THE DENSITY LINE RATIO DIAGNOSTICS OF O IV  

SciTech Connect

The dynamic timescales in the solar atmosphere are shorter than the ionization and recombination times of many ions used for line ratio diagnostics of the transition region and corona. The long ionization and recombination times for these ions imply that they can be found far from their equilibrium temperatures, and spectroscopic investigations require more care before being trusted in giving correct information on local quantities, such as density and temperature. By solving the full time-dependent rate equations for an oxygen model atom in the three-dimensional numerical model of the solar atmosphere generated by the Bifrost code, we are able to construct synthetic intensity maps and study the emergent emission. We investigate the method of electron density diagnostics through line ratio analysis of the O IV 140.1 nm to the 140.4 nm ratio, the assumptions made in carrying out the diagnostics, and the different interpretations of the electron density. The results show big discrepancies between emission in statistical equilibrium and emission where non-equilibrium (NEQ) ionization is treated. Deduced electron densities are up to an order of magnitude higher when NEQ effects are accounted for. The inferred electron density is found to be a weighted mean average electron density along the line of sight and has no relation to the temperature of emission. This study shows that numerical modeling is essential for electron density diagnostics and is a valuable tool when the ions used for such studies are expected to be out of ionization equilibrium. Though this study has been performed on the O IV ion, similar results are also expected for other transition region ions.

Olluri, K.; Gudiksen, B. V.; Hansteen, V. H., E-mail: kosovare.olluri@astro.uio.no [Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1029 Blindern, NO-0315 Oslo (Norway)

2013-04-10

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Glacier Caves  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Created by Charlie Anderson Jr. of the International Glaciospeleological Survey, Glacier Caves provides numerous fantastic photographs of glaciers, caves, and volcanoes located mainly in Northwestern United States. Visitors can sort through the images by topic or by location. Users can find various materials on eruptions, special features, and explorations of many famous Northwestern mountains including Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Rainer. The site features links to volcano web cameras.

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Climatic controls of western U.S. glaciers at the last glacial maximum  

USGS Publications Warehouse

We use a nested atmospheric modeling strategy to simulate precipitation and temperature of the western United States 18,000 years ago (18 ka). The high resolution of the nested model allows us to isolate the regional structure of summer temperature and winter precipitation that is crucial to determination of the net mass balance of late-Pleistocene mountain glaciers in this region of diverse topography and climate. Modeling results suggest that climatic controls of these glaciers varied significantly over the western U.S. Glaciers in the northern Rocky Mountains existed under relatively cold July temperatures and low winter accumulation, reflecting anticyclonic, easterly wind flow off the Laurentide Ice Sheet. In contrast, glaciers that existed under relatively warmer and wetter conditions are located along the Pacific coast south of Oregon, where enhanced westerlies delivered higher precipitation than at present. Between these two groupings lie glaciers that were controlled by a mix of cold and wet conditions attributed to the convergence of cold air from the ice sheet and moisture derived from the westerlies. Sensitivity tests suggest that, for our simulated 18 ka climate, many of the glaciers exhibit a variable response to climate but were generally more sensitive to changes in temperature than to changes in precipitation, particularly those glaciers in central Idaho and the Yellowstone Plateau. Our results support arguments that temperature depression generally played a larger role in lowering equilibrium line altitudes in the western U.S. during the last glacial maximum than did increased precipitation, although the magnitude of temperature depression required for steady-state mass balance varied from 8-18??C. Only the Sierra Nevada glaciers required a substantial increase in precipitation to achieve steady-state mass balance, while glaciers in the Cascade Range existed with decreased precipitation.

Hostetler, S.W.; Clark, P.U.

1997-01-01

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The influence of future glacier extents on hydrological flow regimes in the Ötztal Alps  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The ongoing retreat of glaciers since 1850 and especially within the last 20 years already impacts the natural environment. Rising temperatures as projected by the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will affect future glacier extents with the inherent consequences e.g. on runoff. This contribution presents a relative simple approach to analyze mostly temperature but also precipitation driven potential changes on the extent of glacierized areas and the resulting impact on runoff within the catchment of the Ötztaler Ache (Ötztal, Austria) until 2050. Changes of mean summer temperatures are derived from simulation results realized with three different regional climate models (ALADIN, REMO and REGCM3). The realizations are driven with the SRES A1B emission scenario of the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). Potential future glacier extents are calculated according to the approach of Paul et al. (2007). Thereby, the steady-state equilibrium line of altitude (ELA) is calculated and then shifted depending on temperature change. Future glacier extents are calculated under consideration of the 2:1 steady state accumulation area ratio (AARo) based on the Austrian Glacier Inventory 2006 and a digital elevation model (DEM). Impacts of potential future glacier extents but also of changes in temperature and precipitation are analyzed with the semi-distributed hydrological model HQsim. According to Paul et al. (2007), the ELA in the Swiss Alps rises with approx. 140 m per degree Celsius warming. The evaluation of the available regional climate change realizations for the study area shows a potential increase of the mean summer temperature of approx. 2.7 °C by 2050. Based on the considered approach ELA will increase by 370 m. The retreat of glacierized areas will be calculated incrementally by a temperature increase with 0.5 °C steps. The glacierized area (Austrian Glacier Inventory 2006) of glaciers > 500,000 m² in 2006 will be reduced by 82 % from 68 km² to 3.8 km² in 2050. Glaciers with an area smaller than 500,000 m² are not considered. Potential future runoffs based on changes in the cryosphere but also in temperature and precipitation indicates a change in future flow regimes. As the study area is of high priority for the further expansion of hydropower generation in the Alps such or more sophisticated studies are of strategic relevance. The introduced approach only considers the shift of the ELA with a constant 2:1 accumulation-ablation ratio. Further factors like volume, lateral melting, glacier-specific response times or a change of the AARo are neglected.

Zimmermann, Moritz; Huttenlau, Matthias; Schneider, Katrin; Stötter, Johann

2014-05-01

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A model study of Abrahamsenbreen, a surging glacier in northern Spitsbergen  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The climate sensitivity of Abrahamsenbreen, a 20 km long surge-type glacier in northern Spitsbergen, is studied with a simple glacier model. A scheme to describe the surges is included, which makes it possible to account for the effect of surges on the total mass budget of the glacier. A climate reconstruction back to AD 1300, based on ice-core data from Lomonosovfonna and climate records from Longyearbyen, is used to drive the model. The model is calibrated by requesting that it produces the correct Little Ice Age maximum glacier length and simulates the observed magnitude of the 1978-surge. Abrahamsenbreen is strongly out of balance with the current climate. If climatic conditions will remain as they were for the period 1989-2010, the glacier will ultimately shrink to a length of about 4 km (but this will take hundreds of years). For a climate change scenario involving a 2 m yr-1 rise of the equilibrium line from now onwards, we predict that in the year 2100 Abrahamsenbreen will be about 12 km long. The main effect of a surge is to lower the mean surface elevation and to increase the ablation area, thereby causing a negative perturbation of the mass budget. We found that the occurrence of surges leads to a somewhat stronger retreat of the glacier in a warming climate. Because of the very small bed slope, Abrahamsenbreen is sensitive to small perturbations in the equilibrium-line altitude E. For a decrease of E of only 160 m, the glacier would steadily grow into the Woodfjorddalen until after 2000 years it would reach the Woodfjord and calving could slow down the advance.

Oerlemans, J.; van Pelt, W. J. J.

2014-11-01

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Annual glacier mass balance reconstruction using optical remote-sensing for 11 glaciers of the Bolivian Cordillera Real over the 1996-2010 period  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In-situ measurements of glacial mass balance are scarce at the global scale. The World Glacier Monitoring Service compiles data from 110 of the 100,000 existing glaciers contained in the World Glacier Inventory. To better understand the climate-glacier relationship at a regional scale, and to study the influences of both morphological (exposure, slope, elevation) and meteorological parameters on glacial changes, a spatialization of measurements of glaciological parameters (mass balance, equilibrium line altitude) is necessary. For such an aim, remote-sensing techniques appear to be well adapted. This study presents a method to reconstruct annual glacier mass balance using optical remote-sensing images. This method, based on the indentification of the snow line on satellite images recorded at the end of the hydrological year, has been first developped and validated on French Alpine glaciers. On these glaciers, the snow line can be condisered as a good indicator of the equilibrium line altitude (ELA) at this period of the year. In the inter-tropical zone, specific climate conditions (i.e. strong seasonality of precipitation, contrasting with the small seasonality of temperature) generate a sequence of accumulation and ablation processes all year round that differs from that of mid-latitude glaciers. Consequently, a first step consisted in assessing the representativity of the snow line as an indicator of the annual ELA. Landsat and SPOT satellites images recorded during the dry season (May to August) have been used to compute the snow line altitude (SLA). The snow line has been manually delineated on the images using the commom spectral bands combination 542(431) for Landsat(SPOT) images. Its average altitude has been calculated using ASTER GDEM. The Zongo Glacier (Cordillera Real, Bolivia), where in-situ measurements of mass balance and ELA have been performed since 1991, has been used as a reference to validate the results. The strong correlation between ELA and SLA (r2=0.87, p<0.01, n=15) demonstrates that the remote-sensing method applied in the Alps to compute annual mass balance from SLA variations can also be applied in the Bolivian Andes. In this way, the SLA has been measured for each year of the 1996-2010 period on 11 glaciers of the central part of the Cordillera Real, thus presenting a sufficient elevation range to allow the presence of the SLA for each year. For the Zongo Glacier, the annual mass balance derived from the remote-sensing method is in good agreement with the mass balance measured with the direct glaciological method (r2=0.80, p<0.01, n=15). At the scale of the 11 studied glaciers, annual mass balance time series show a common signal in their interannual variations, which appear to be primarily driven by ENSO events. The cumulative mass balance over the 15-year period ranges between -3,4 m w.e. and -21,30 m w.e. These significant variations between different glaciers are mainly related to different exposure and altitude.

Consoli, G.; Rabatel, A.; Bermejo, A.; sicart, J.; Soruco, A.; Vincent, C.

2011-12-01

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The status of glaciers in Sikkim Himalaya  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study focuses on the influence of lakes and debris cover on the glacier area changes, in the data scarce Sikkim Himalayas, between 1990 and 2010, using Landsat TM and IRS images. A new technique of estimating 'interpretation uncertainty' while mapping glacier terminus on satellite images, is introduced. The overall study showed (i) a glacier area loss of 3 × 0.8 % in 20 years. We also observed the presence of lakes on many debris-covered glaciers, and its expansion accelerated the glacier retreat by 9 ×1.4 %. Though some 'debris-covered glaciers' showed stable fronts, the gradual development and coalescence of supraglacial lakes led to the formation of moraine dam lakes at the terminus. This investigation suggests that 'debris cover' on glaciers can enhance the development of glacial lakes. As a consequence, the retreat of debris-covered glaciers associated with lakes is clearly higher than that of debris-free glaciers. Location of glacier in Sikkim. The map shows the location of glaciers studied in this investigation. : Evolution and coalescence of a supra glacial lake and the formation of a moraine dam. Figs. a and b show no frontal change between 1990 and 1997. Fig. b shows the evolution of a supraglacial lake and fig. c shows the coalescence of supraglacial lake, which occupies glacier area between two lateral moraines. Fig. d shows the formation of a moraine dam lake leading to glacierarea loss.(The yellow line represents the glacier boundary for the year 1990; and red line is the glacier terminus for the year 2009). The four imagesused is a false colour composite with a band combination of red, NIR and SWIR.

basnett, S.; Kulkarni, A. V.; Bolch, T.

2013-12-01

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Geometry change between 1990 and 2003 at Finsterwalderbreen, a Svalbard surge-type glacier, from GPS profiling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Surface mass-balance and geometry data are key to quantifying the climate response of glaciers, and confidence in data synthesis and model interpretations and forecasts requires data from as wide a range of locations and glacier types as possible. This paper presents measurements of surface elevation change at the Svalbard surge-type glacier Finsterwalderbreen, by comparing a 1990 digital elevation model (DEM) with a surface GPS profile from 2003. The pattern of elevation change is consistent with that previously noted between 1970 and 1990, and reflects the continued quiescent-phase evolution of the glacier, with mass loss in the down-glacier/receiving area of up to -1.25 m w.e.a-1, and mass gain in the up-glacier/reservoir area of up to 0.60 m w.e.a-1; the area-weighted, mean change for the whole glacier is 0.19 m w.e.a-1. The spatial pattern of elevation increase and decrease is complex, and the boundary between thickening and thinning determined by combining GPS and DEM data does not appear to correspond with the equilibrium-line altitude determined from surface mass-balance measurements. There is no evidence yet of a decrease in the rate of reservoir area build-up driven by mass-balance change resulting from the warmer winter air temperatures, and decreased proportion of snowfall in total precipitation, noted at meteorological stations in Svalbard.

Hodgkins, Richard; Fox, Adrian; Nuttall, Anne-Marie

2007-10-01

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Melting Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Due to the potential disastrous consequences to the environment and to numerous societies, scientists, governments, and civilians are concerned with the growing trend of glacial melt. This topic-in-depth explores various geographic regions where this phenomenon has recently been observed. Providing background into the study of glaciology, this report begins with a Web site (1) discussing the unique features of glaciers. The US Army Corps of Engineers offers visitors an insight to glacial properties including their locations, movements, and influences; along with a series educational images. The second site (2) explains the exceptionality of the two hundred sixty six glaciers at Glacier National Park. Through a collection of images, animations, and pictures provided by the National Park Service, users can learn about ice dams, climatic impacts, and the erosive powers of ice and water. The rest of the topic-in-depth discusses findings of glacial melting from around the world. NASA (3) addresses the Artic warming's affects on glacier formations. This Web site provides a few animations displaying ice sheet extent and the cracking of icebergs. On a positive note, visitors can learn how the decrease in glaciers has opened up new habitat for some Artic species. The next Web site (4), also by NASA, discusses the findings of a twenty-five year study of Patagonia's glaciers. Educators and students can discover how NASA utilized the Space Shuttle Endeavor to study the entire 17,200 square kilometer region. The site also discusses potential causes of the melting in this region, which has contributed to almost ten percent of the global sea-level change from mountain glaciers. As reported by the BBC (5), Dr. Harrison at the University of Oxford has determined that the glaciers in parts of Kazakhstan have been decreasing annually by almost two cubic kilometers between 1955 and 2000. Visitors can learn how the melting of these four hundred sixteen glaciers will adversely affect the region's rivers and its water supply. The Taipei Times (6) reports that the Swiss Alpine glacial melting has probably intensified due to this summer's record-breaking heat wave. This Web site provides short, intriguing descriptions of consequences of the "rush of melt water streaming from the ice wall." Users can learn about predictions in the 1990s that the glaciers would shrink to ten percent of their 1850 size by the end of the twenty first century. In the next Web site (7), the BBC provides a captivating illustration of the effects the Peruvian glacial melts may have on tourism, the country's water supply, and more. Students and educators can learn about NASA studies showing cracks in the ice, which could lead to the flooding of large cities. Visitors can also find out how the recent glacier recessions have affected some ancient spiritual traditions. The last site, by the USGS, (8) features excerpts from Myrna Hall and Daniel Fagre's 2003 research paper in BioScience. Visitors can discover the melt rate and spatial distributions of glaciers for two possible future climate situations. Providing an amazing animation, users will be amazed by the changes predicted by the model.

Enright, Rachel

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Continuous Measurements of Ice Motion and Associated Seismicity at Bering Glacier, Alaska.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In April 2007, we established an array of GPS and seismic stations on the Bering Glacier, Alaska, to investigate the relationship between glacier motion and glacier-generated seismicity. Bering Glacier is North America's largest mountain glacier and has an area of more than 5000 km2. Dual-frequency GPS data were recorded continuously at 15 second intervals at five stations on the glacier from April to September. Four of the GPS glacier stations were established in a strain diamond located roughly halfway between the equilibrium line and the terminus, at a distance of 40 km from a GPS base station located near the terminus. These four GPS glacier stations were co-located with seismometers, which, together with a fifth seismometer located at center of the strain diamond, form a cross pattern seismic array with a 4-km aperture. The fifth GPS station is located 20 km up glacier from the strain diamond and seismic array, at a point where the upper icefield feeds into a narrow gate to the lower glacier. GPS antennas were fixed to tripods constructed of steel poles drilled 5-7 m deep into the surface of the glacier. This provides a stable reference relative to the glacier surface, which is subject to several meters of annual ablation at the elevation of the strain diamond. The GPS data have been processed using the GAMIT kinematic utility Track. The motion recorded at all sites is rapid (3+ m/day) but smooth and steady down to the temporal resolution of the data. Specifically, we find no evidence for sudden motion events in the timeseries, but rather find only small perturbations superimposed on slowly varying velocities. The seismic records from short period (L-22) and broadband (6TD) instruments reveal frequent icequakes including both emergent low frequency events and impulsive high frequency events. Many of the events recorded show strong time domain correlations across the array. We will construct a timeseries of seismicty using an automatic icequake detector, allowing comparison of the GPS and seismic timeseries. The effect of alternative processing methods for the GPS data, such as GYPSY precise point positioning analysis, will also be explored.

Larsen, C. F.; Truffer, M.; Leblanc, L.; O'Neel, S.; West, M.; None, N.

2007-12-01

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Calculation and visualisation of future glacier extent in the Swiss Alps by means of hypsographic modelling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The observed rapid glacier wastage in the European Alps during the past 20 years already has strong impacts on the natural environment (rock fall, lake formation) as well as on human activities (tourism, hydro-power production, etc.) and poses several new challenges also for glacier monitoring. With a further increase of global mean temperature in the future, it is likely that Alpine glaciers and the high-mountain environment as an entire system will further develop into a state of imbalance. Hence, the assessment of future glacier geometries is a valuable prerequisite for various impact studies. In order to calculate and visualize in a consistent manner future glacier extent for a large number of individual glaciers (> 100) according to a given climate change scenario, we have developed an automated and simple but robust approach that is based on an empirical relationship between glacier size and the steady-state accumulation area ratio (AAR 0) in the Alps. The model requires digital glacier outlines and a digital elevation model (DEM) only and calculates new glacier geometries from a given shift of the steady-state equilibrium line altitude (ELA 0) by means of hypsographic modelling. We have calculated changes in number, area and volume for 3062 individual glacier units in Switzerland and applied six step changes in ELA 0 (from + 100 to + 600 m) combined with four different values of the AAR 0 (0.5, 0.6, 0.67, 0.75). For an AAR 0 of 0.6 and an ELA 0 rise of 200 m (400 m) we calculate a total area loss of - 54% (- 80%) and a corresponding volume loss of - 50% (- 78%) compared to the 1973 glacier extent. In combination with a geocoded satellite image, the future glacier outlines are also used for automated rendering of perspective visualisations. This is a very attractive tool for communicating research results to the general public. Our study is illustrated for a test site in the Upper Engadine (Switzerland), where landscape changes above timberline play an important role for the local economy. The model is seen as a first-step approach, where several parts can be (and should be) further developed.

Paul, F.; Maisch, M.; Rothenbühler, C.; Hoelzle, M.; Haeberli, W.

2007-02-01

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Pattern and forcing of Northern Hemisphere glacier variations during the last millennium  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Time series depicting mountain glacier fluctuations in the Alps display generally similar patterns over the last two centuries, as do chronologies of glacier variations for the same interval from elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Episodes of glacier advance consistently are associated with intervals of high average volcanic aerosol production, as inferred from acidity variations in a Greenland ice core. Advances occur whenever acidity levels rise sharply from background values to reach concentrations ?1.2 ?equiv H +/kg above background. A phase lag of about 10-15 yr, equivalent to reported response lags of Alpine glacier termini, separates the beginning of acidity increases from the beginning of subsequent ice advances. A similar relationship, but based on limited and less-reliable historical data and on lichenometric ages, is found for the preceding 2 centuries. Calibrated radiocarbon dates related to advances of non-calving and non-surging glaciers during the earlier part of the Little Ice Age display a comparable consistent pattern. An interval of reduced acidity values between about 1090 and 1230 A.D. correlates with a time of inferred glacier contraction during the Medieval Optimum. The observed close relation between Noothern Hemisphere glacier fluctuations and variations in Greenland ice-core acidity suggests that sulfur-rich aerosols generated by volcanic eruptions are a primary forcing mechanism of glacier fluctuations, and therefore of climate, on a decadal scale. The amount of surface cooling attributable to individual large eruptions or to episodes of eruptions is simlar to the probable average temperature reduction during culminations of Little Ice Age alacier advances (ca. 0.5°-1.2°C), as inferred from depression of equilibrium-line altitudes.

Porter, Stephen C.

1986-07-01

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Glacier microseismicity  

USGS Publications Warehouse

We present a framework for interpreting small glacier seismic events based on data collected near the center of Bering Glacier, Alaska, in spring 2007. We find extremely high microseismicity rates (as many as tens of events per minute) occurring largely within a few kilometers of the receivers. A high-frequency class of seismicity is distinguished by dominant frequencies of 20–35 Hz and impulsive arrivals. A low-frequency class has dominant frequencies of 6–15 Hz, emergent onsets, and longer, more monotonic codas. A bimodal distribution of 160,000 seismic events over two months demonstrates that the classes represent two distinct populations. This is further supported by the presence of hybrid waveforms that contain elements of both event types. The high-low-hybrid paradigm is well established in volcano seismology and is demonstrated by a comparison to earthquakes from Augustine Volcano. We build on these parallels to suggest that fluid-induced resonance is likely responsible for the low-frequency glacier events and that the hybrid glacier events may be caused by the rush of water into newly opening pathways.

West, Michael E.; Larsen, Christopher F.; Truffer, Martin; O'Neel, Shad; LeBlanc, Laura

2010-01-01

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Jakobshavn Glacier  

Atmospheric Science Data Center

... are visible in the bright white ice. A scattering of small icebergs in Disco Bay adds a touch of glittery sparkle to the scene. The ... for a large portion of the western side of the ice sheet. Icebergs released from the glacier drift slowly with the ocean currents and ...

2013-04-17

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Fast tidewater glaciers  

Microsoft Academic Search

Some iceburg-calving outlet glaciers flow continuously at speeds normally associated with surging glaciers and exhibit dramatic instability scenarios related to those suggested for marine ice sheets. No temperature tidewater glaciers are known to have floating termini, but many polar and subpolar tidewater glaciers do. The fast flow of temperature calving glaciers is almost entirely due to basal sliding and appears

M. F. Meier; Austin Post

1987-01-01

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Numerical analyses of a multi-proxy data set from a distal glacier-fed lake, Sørsendalsvatn, western Norway  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Here we present a Holocene record of glacier variability as documented through physical sediment properties analysed on sediments from the distal glacier-fed Lake Nedre (Nedre = Lower) Sørsendalsvatn (918 m a.s.l.), located 35 km inland from the coast in western Norway. We emphasise comparing different sediment parameters by means of statistical methods as well as integrating chronological uncertainties along with uncertainties of reconstructed glacier variability. A multi-proxy data set consisting of sedimentological, physical, and geochemical data shows one main process, as extracted by means of principal component analysis (88% of the variance explained by the first PC), driving sediment variability in Nedre Sørsendalsvatn. The common signal extracted from the sediment data is indicative of glacial activity in the catchment and is interpreted to vary in concert with the changing glacier equilibrium-line altitude. The reconstruction of former glacier activity is in accordance with glacier variability reconstructed from other sites in western Norway, including the termination of the deglaciation at approximately 10,000 cal yr BP, the 8.2 ka BP (Finse) event, the Holocene thermal optimum between ˜8000 and 5500 cal yr BP, and the onset of the Neoglacial at 5500 cal yr BP. The largest glacial extent during the Neoglacial time period took place during the 'Little Ice Age'. The combined radiocarbon chronologies from three different sediment cores provide insight into the duration of the "8.2 ka event" in the terrestrial system. The maximum glacier activity at approximately 8.2 cal BP is the culmination of a glacier advance that began around 9 cal BP and accelerated at 8.4 cal BP. The glacier advance ended abruptly at 8.0 cal BP.

Bakke, Jostein; Trachsel, Mathias; Kvisvik, Bjørn Christian; Nesje, Atle; Lyså, Astrid

2013-08-01

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Low beta equilibrium and stability for anisotropic pressure closed field line plasma confinement systems  

SciTech Connect

General formalism is developed to analyze the equilibrium and stability of low beta anisotropic pressure plasmas confined in closed field line magnetic systems. The formalism allows one to consider rather general magnetic systems with nonuniform axis curvature and longitudinal profiles of toroidal and multipole poloidal field. It also allows having a strong pressure anisotropy corresponding to enhanced plasma pressure in mirror cells of the system. As an example of such a system the authors consider the recently proposed linked mirror neutron source (LMNS). Application of the above formalism to the LMNS analysis confirms most of the preliminary results, however, they obtain a considerable reduction of mirror cell axis curvature and an appreciable ellipticity of plasma cross-section in the mirror cell midplane. They have also optimized the longitudinal pressure and magnetic field distribution.

Pastukhov, V.P. [Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States). Inst. for Fusion Studies; Ilgisonis, V.I.; Subbotin, A.A. [Kurchatov Inst., Moscow (Russian Federation). Russian Research Center

1994-05-01

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Investigation of the Ice-Water Vapor Equilibrium Along the Sublimation Line  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An accurate knowledge of the thermodynamic properties of water at low temperature plays an important role in atmospheric processes, chemical physics, and metrological applications. Preliminary investigations of the water vapor-ice equilibrium along the sublimation line have been carried out at Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM). The measurements covered the temperature range from -50 °C to 0 °C, corresponding to a saturation vapor pressure from about 4 Pa to 611 Pa. The measurements were performed using a small gold-plated cell kept in a liquid bath at a constant temperature with millikelvin stability. The sample cell was connected to a manifold where the pressure was measured using two capacitive diaphragm pressure gauges. The paper reports the water sample preparation, measuring method, and measurement corrections. Measurement results are discussed and uncertainty sources estimated. The resulting expanded relative uncertainty ( k = 2) varies from 0.038 % at 0 °C to 0.70 % at -50 °C.

Fernicola, V.; Rosso, L.; Giovannini, M.

2012-09-01

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Union Glacier: a new exploration gateway for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Union Glacier (79°46' S/83°24' W) in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), has been used by the private company Antarctic Logistic and Expeditions (ALE) since 2007 for their landing and commercial operations, providing a unique logistic opportunity to perform glaciological research in a vast region, including the Ice divide between Institute and Pine Island glaciers and the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth. Union glacier is flowing into the Ronne Ice Shelf, where future migrations of the grounding line zone (GLZ) in response to continuing climate and oceanographic changes have been modelled. In order to analyse the potential impacts on Union glacier of this scenario, we installed an array of stakes, where ice elevation, mass balance and ice velocities have been measured since 2007, resulting in near equilibrium conditions with horizontal displacements between 10 and 33 m yr-1. GPS receivers and three radar systems have been also used to map the subglacial topography, the internal structure of the ice and the presence of crevasses along surveyed tracks. The resulting radar data showed a subglacial topography with a minimum of 858 m below sea level, much deeper than estimated before. The below sea level subglacial topography confirms the potential instability of the glacier in foreseen scenarios of GLZ upstream migration during the second half of the XXI century.

Rivera, A.; Zamora, R.; Uribe, J. A.; Jaña, R.; Oberreuter, J.

2014-02-01

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Shepard Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana - 2005  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

The thick, crevassed, ice flows of historic Shepard Glacier have been diminished to less than 0.1 square kilometer in area by 2005. According to the criteria set by the USGS Repeat Photography Project, Shepard Glacier is now considered to be too small to be defined as a glacier. (Blase Reardon)...

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Columbia Glacier Terminus  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

View of Columbia Glacier's terminus as it enters the waters of Prince William Sound. Columbia Glacier is one of Alaska's many tidewater glaciers, and it has been the focus of numerous studies due to its unusually high rate of retreat. The glacier has retreated nearly 20 km (12.43 mi) since 1980. In ...

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Glacier (?) National Park  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This activity engages learners in examining data pertaining to the disappearing glaciers in Glacier National Park. After calculating percentage change of the number of glaciers from 1850 (150) to 1968 (50) and 2009 (26), students move on to the main glacier-monitoring content of the module--area vs. time data for the Grinnell Glacier, one of 26 glaciers that remain in the park. Using a second-order polynomial (quadratic function) fitted to the data, they extrapolate to estimate when there will be no Grinnell Glacier remaining (illustrating the relevance of the question mark in the title of the module).

Mcllrath, University O.; Curriculum/serc, Spreadsheets A.

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GIS-based modelling of (all) glacier beds in Switzerland  

Microsoft Academic Search

Due to the ongoing and expected future increase in global mean temperature, the Alpine environment will continue to get further away from equilibrium. Glaciers are a part of the high-mountain cryosphere, and their changes are considered to be the best natural indicators of climatic changes. The calculation and visualization of future glacier development is thus an important task of communicating

A. Linsbauer; F. Paul; M. Hoelzle; W. Haeberli

2009-01-01

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Modeling topographic and climatic control of east-west asymmetry in Sierra Nevada glacier length during the Last Glacial Maximum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers draining westward from the Sierra Nevada divide, California, during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) were ˜7 times longer than east-draining glaciers. We address the degree to which this difference may be attributed to the topographic asymmetry of the west-tilted Sierran block and the climate asymmetry resulting from orographic modification of Pacific Ocean storms. We simulate kilometer-scale glaciers within the 50 × 50 km Kings Canyon region of the southern Sierra by employing a two-dimensional numerical model that is driven by simple, spatially variable climates and treats ice transport by deformation, sliding, and avalanching. In numerical experiments, we match simulated termini to LGM moraine positions to constrain the parameters of different climate scenarios. The 38-km-long LGM glacier in Kings Canyon was reproduced by a climate specified by an equilibrium line altitude (ELA) of 3170 m, a mass balance gradient of 0.01 m/yr/m, and a maximum positive balance of 2 m/yr. This climate generates much shorter (average ˜6 km long) east-draining glaciers that, however, overshoot the LGM moraines by ˜1 km. Roughly 97% of the E-W difference in glacier lengths can therefore be attributed to topographic asymmetry alone. A second experiment suggesting a 120-m-higher ELA of 3290 m east of the divide can explain the shorter east-draining glaciers. An experiment in which orographic precipitation is explicitly simulated and melt is prescribed using a positive degree-day algorithm matches both Kings Canyon and the average east-draining glacier length with an LGM climate that was 5.6°C cooler and ˜2 times wetter than the modern Sierra Nevada.

Kessler, Mark A.; Anderson, Robert S.; Stock, Greg M.

2006-06-01

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Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Monument 1941  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

This August 1941 photograph is of Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska. It shows the lower reaches of Muir Glacier, then a large, tidewater calving valley glacier and its tributary, Riggs Glacier. For nearly two centuries before 1941, Muir Glacier had been retreating. In places, a t...

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Online Glacier Photograph Database  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This image collection from the National Snow and Ice Data Center features 14 pairs of Alaskan glacier photographs. Each photographic pair consists of a late-19th or early-20th century photograph and a 21st century photograph taken from the same location. The comparative photographs clearly show substantial changes in glacier position and size and document significant landscape evolution and vegetative succession. The site also provides links to pairs of photographs of glaciers in Switzerland, a repeat photography project at Glacier National Park by the USGS, a glacier database which features satellite images and maps, and further information on glaciers.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

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Widespread and Accelerated Glacier Thinning in the Svalbard Archipelago: a New Estimate of Sea-Level Contributions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantifying glacier contribution to sea-level rise is difficult due largely to a scarcity of long-term mass balance observations. Of more than 160,000 glaciers worldwide only about 40 have mass balance records longer than 20 years. We have developed a new method that will significantly increase the distribution and spatial/temporal resolution of mass balance records by combining historical aerial photographs and contemporary, high resolution laser altimetry. Because of their sensitivity to changes in climate, we focused initially on the land-terminating glaciers of the Svalbard archipelago. Also, while small mountain glaciers like those in Svalbard constitute only about 3% of the glacierized area on Earth, of all the world’s ice masses, they are currently thought to be the greatest contributors to eustatic sea-level rise. We produced a high-quality (±0.25 m vertical), high-resolution (10 m grid) digital elevation time series for a distributed sample of Svalbard glaciers dating back to the early 1960s from historical stereo aerial photography. The archive, controlled with laser altimetry, provides the first long-term mass balance record for Svalbard of this quality, spatial resolution and areal distribution. Significant thinning was observed at all locations, with western Svalbard glaciers showing the highest acceleration of mass loss during the last 15 years. These changes were dominated not by accelerated thinning at the glacier termini but by changes at higher elevations in former accumulation zones that appear to be driven by changes in albedo. Given that most of the archipelago’s ice is already at or close to the current equilibrium line altitude, this high altitude acceleration in thinning will have significant consequences on the archipelago’s net balance. The high local and regional variability in mass change on individual glaciers and between adjacent glaciers raises doubt as to the validity of point and profile change data to represent glacier-wide changes and also poses serious difficulties for upscaling to archipelago-wide sea-level contributions. Our estimate of sea-level contributions from the Svalbard archipelago is higher than that suggested by previous studies but direct comparison is difficult because of variations in study parameters.

James, T. D.; Murray, T.; Barrand, N.; Fox, A.; Luckman, A. J.; Sykes, H. J.

2009-12-01

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Detailed Reconstructions of Fluctuations of Seven Glaciers during the "little Ice Age" in the Northern Caucasus, Russian Federation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The main task of this work is the development of detailed reconstructions of mountain glaciers' fluctuations with precise spatial references in the Northern Caucasus, their analyses in terms of glacier length, area and volume changes and identification of climate role in these fluctuations. The studied glaciers (Alibek, Ullukam, Terskol, Kashkatash, Bezingi, Mijirgi, Tsey) are situated along the Bolshoy Caucasus Range from the very west (Teberda river basin) to the east (Tseydon river basin). These valley glaciers have different size, aspect and percent of debris-cover. Basing on instrumental data (since the middle of 20th century), remote sensing images (CORONA, Geoeye, Cartosat, IRS, ASTER, etc.), aerial photos of 1950s-1980s, maps (since 1887), old photographs, as well as proxy data (historical descriptions, lichenometry, dendrochronology, 14C, 10Be), we reconstructed 15-20 positions of the glaciers tongues for each glacier and produced maps showing variations of the glaciers with precise spatial reference since their maximum in the mid 17th or first half of 19th century. For example, for Alibek glacier seven former front positions and eleven moraines were photo-identified and dated. We obtained the carbon dating of intermorainal peat-bog (103%), moraine dating based on isotopes of 10Be (1900±12) and determined minimum age of most distant moraine according to dendrochronological analysis of trees (Abies nordmanniana), growing on its surface (more than 200 years). At that time (1895) the glacier was 290 m longer than today, its surface was 0.31 km2 larger (5.94 km2 in 1895, 5.63 km2 in 2008). We calculated glaciers' length and area changes, using different methods (GLIMS; Bhambri et al., 2012) and analyzed advantages and disadvantages of each method in case of their application for Caucasian glaciers. Based on our measurements we evaluated changes of equilibrium line altitude and volume. Volume changes have been reconstructed using the model offered by Lüthi et al. (2010). The obtained data can be used as the base for reconstructions of different climatic parameters, it is important contribution to the global paleoclimatic reconstructions (e.g. Leclercq and Oerlemans, 2011), where Caucasus is strongly underrepresented. The results of this study are also important for verification of other reconstructions with the lower spatial and temporal resolutions (Shahgedanova, 2009).

Bushueva, I.

2012-12-01

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Biogeochemistry of glacier and rock glacier outflow in the western United States  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates worldwide, releasing bioavailable minerals and nutrients and altering downstream biogeochemistry. Though much research has focused on the recession of ice-glaciers in alpine environments, far less is known about the melt dynamics and biogeochemistry of rock glaciers. Rock glaciers, which are mixtures of ice and rocks that flow like a glacier, are far more abundant in mountainous regions of the western United States than ice glaciers. Little is known about their influence on downstream hydrology and water quality. We report here preliminary results of a west-wide survey of the influence of glaciers and rock glaciers on headwater properties. Measurements of specific conductance, nitrate (NO3-), ammonium (NH4+), dissolved silica, and dissolved organic matter were compared between glaciers, rock glaciers, and snow-fed reference streams from three basins in the Colorado Front Range. Samples were collected from ice, where possible, and downstream at 500m intervals from the first flowing water to tree line. UV and fluorescence data were analyzed using excitation emission matrices (EEMs) and PARAFAC modeling. High concentrations of NH4+ were only found in ice and the most upstream locations; NH4+ was below detection at all lower elevation sites, whereas NO3- concentrations were low in the headwaters and higher downstream. The fluorescence spectrum of DOC from both ice and the highest elevations had a strong autochthonous (microbial or algal) signal that was replaced by a more allochtonous, terrestrially-derived DOC as it approached tree line. Rock glacier stream chemistry was intermediate between glacier-fed streams and strictly snow fed drainages. DOC levels for ice glaciers ranged 2-3mg/L with increasing values downstream, while rock glaciers ranged from 1-2.5 mg/L with attenuation downstream. Snowfed only streams had DOC values at detection <0.5mg/L, with the exception at Lake Husted outflow, with an upland wetland, unlike the other snow-fed streams sampled. SUVA 254, an index of aromaticity of the dissolved organic matter, was lower in streams fed by rock glaciers than ice glaciers and snow fed streams. This is potentially indicative of microbial processing in streams fed by rock glaciers. Fluorescence index was highest for ice glaciers (1.44), lowest for snow-fed streams (1.33), and a medial value for rock glaciers (1.42). Freshness index, which indicates the proportion of recently produced dissolved organic matter, was highest for ice glacier streams, and lowest for rock glacier streams, and showed the most variability between sites with snow-fed streams. More research is planned, but rock glaciers appear more similar to ice glaciers than snow-fed streams in their influence on alpine stream chemistry on biology, suggesting a trajectory of change of the mountains as ice features waste away.

Fegel, T. S.; Baron, J.; Hall, E.; Boot, C. M.

2013-12-01

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Pine Island Glacier  

Atmospheric Science Data Center

article title:  Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica     View Larger Image ... (MISR) images of the Pine Island Glacier in western Antarctica was acquired on December 12, 2000 during Terra orbit 5246. At left ...

2013-04-16

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Satellite Observations of Mass Changes and Glacier Motions at the Patagonian Icefields, South America  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The 4000 km2 Northern Patagonian Icefield (NPI), 13,000 km2 Southern Patagonian Icefield (SPI) and the 2500 km2 Cordillera Darwin Icefields (CDI) form the main ice bodies of the Patagonian Icefields of South America. Analysis of satellite imagery, derived digital elevation models (DEMs) and spaceborne laser altimetry confirm that each of the icefields is currently losing mass. The NPI lost mass at a rate of 3.40±0.07 Gt/yr between 2001 and 2011, equivalent to 0.009±0.0002 mm/yr of sea level rise. This contribution is a lower bound as we do not include sub-aqueous mass loss or area changes in our calculations. About 80% of the mass loss occurred from thinning over the ablation areas of the outlet glaciers of the icefield while the remaining ˜20% occurred at higher elevation above the equilibrium line altitude. Mass loss is especially concentrated at the low elevation southwestern and mid-western parts of the icefield. There, ice in the ablation zone approximately doubled in speed between 2007 and 2011. Passive microwave observations indicate that the glacier surface in these regions was "wet" for almost the entire study period. We suggest that the acceleration is linked to the reduction of friction at the bed of the glaciers via water making its way to the glacier sole. The glaciers that accelerated make up only a small proportion of the NPI and we find no evidence of accelerating mass loss from the NPI over the period considered. The SPI lost an average of 13.1±0.2 km3/yr of ice between 2001 and 2011. This rate is almost identical to previous studies, but the masks observations of rapidly accelerating thinning occuring at several of the outlet glaciers. Previous studies find that the peak rate of thinning at the HPS12 Glacier was ˜28 m/yr between 1995 and 2000. We find this slowed to 21±3 m/yr between 2000 and 2006, before accelerating to a rate of 57±13 m/yr between 2005 and 2011. Between 2000 and 2011 the HPS12 Glacier continued its rapid retreat, with the front receding 4.2 km. Maximum thinning rates have also increased dramatically at the tidewater Jorge Montt Glacier, from 20±7 m/yr between 2000 and 2005 to 60±11 m/yr between 2005 and 2011 and at the Upsala Glacier, which thinned at a peak rate of 10.0±2.0 m/yr from 2000 to 2005, accelerating to 24.8±2.4 m/yr from 2005 to 2011. Ice near the front of the retreating Jorge Montt and HPS12 glaciers is moving rapidly, at more than 20 m/day. Large thinning rates and rapid motions imply that ice dynamics are an important component of the volume changes observed at these outlet glaciers. The CDI lost volume at a rate of 1.95±0.13 km3/yr between 2001 and 2011. The loss is concentrated at the ablation zones of the Marinelli, CDI-08 and Darwin glaciers. The volume loss at the CDI is large compared to the small size of the icefield. We do not have enough acquisitions to detect speed changes, but provide baseline measurement of glacier speeds for most of the icefield. We find a total volume loss of about 19.1 km3/yr from the Patagonian Icefields between 2000 and 2011. This estimate should be considered a lower bound as we do not take into account area changes.

Willis, M. J.; Melkonian, A. K.; Pritchard, M. E.; Ramage, J. M.

2011-12-01

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All About Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This National Snow and Ice Data Center's site contains information for wide range of audiences from glaciologists to grade school students. Data and Science offers links to glacier research, projects, and glaciological organizations online. Another section offers glacier facts, questions and answers, a glossary, a photo gallery, bibliography and links to glacier information on the web. Recent global newsworthy events are chronicled, and a tutorial offering a quick tour through the life of a glacier is available.

Armstrong, Richard

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World Glacier Inventory  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) provides the World Glacier Inventory data, which was collected by the World Glacier Monitoring Service. This inventory contains geographic location, area, length, orientation, elevation, and classification of morphological type and moraines of more than 67,000 glaciers throughout the world. The data may be downloaded via FTP or through form-based queries.

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Glaciers in 21st Century Himalayan Geopolitics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers are ablating rapidly the world over. Nowhere are the rates of retreat and downwasting greater than in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. It is estimated that over the next century, 40,000 square kilometers of present glacier area in the HKH region will become ice free. Most of this area is in major valleys and the lowest glaciated mountain passes. The existence and characteristics of glaciers have security impacts, and rapidly changing HKH glaciers have broad strategic implications: (1) Glaciers supply much of the fresh water and hydroelectric power in South and Central Asia, and so glaciers are valuable resources. (2) Shared economic interests in water, hydroelectricity, flood hazards, and habitat preservation are a force for common cause and reasoned international relations. (3) Glaciers and their high mountains generally pose a natural barrier tending to isolate people. Historically, they have hindered trade and intercultural exchanges and have protected against aggression. This has further promoted an independent spirit of the region's many ethnic groups. (4) Although glaciers are generally incompatible with human development and habitation, many of the HKH region's glaciers and their mountains have become sanctuaries and transit routes for militants. Siachen Glacier in Kashmir has for 17 years been "the world's highest battlefield," with tens of thousands of troops deployed on both sides of the India/Pakistan line of control. In 1999, that conflict threatened to trigger all-out warfare, and perhaps nuclear warfare. Other recent terrorist and military action has taken place on glaciers in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. As terrorists are forced from easily controlled territories, many may tend to migrate toward the highest ground, where definitive encounters may take place in severe alpine glacial environments. This should be a major concern in Nepali security planning, where an Army offensive is attempting to reign in an increasingly robust and brutal Maoist insurgency. (5) Glacier lakes are in many cases very fragile and their natural dams routinely rupture, causing devastating floods. A rising regional terrorist threat in several countries could target these dams and precipitate calamitous and terrifying results. (6) Over the next century, retreating glaciers may open new corridors for trade and human migration across the Himalaya and pave the way for possible new economic, military and political alliances in the region. (7) Glacier retreat might open new sanctuaries for terrorists and open new corridors for possible ground-based military offensive action across the HKH ranges. The documentation of glacier characteristics that may influence their trafficability, and projections of future glacier extent and behavior are relevant to wide ranging concerns of the region's inhabitants. Satellite remote sensing and mapping of glaciers is one approach to defining and monitoring the problems and opportunities presented by HKH glaciers. Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) is a joint USGS/NASA Pathfinder project that has formed a global consortium of glaciologists in several regional centers that are mapping and monitoring the HKH glaciers using repeat-pass ASTER and Landsat ETM+ data. We are currently building a comprehensive satellite multispectral image and GIS database that is providing detailed information on the state and rates of change of each glacier in the HKH region and other areas of the world. Merging these results with DEMs allows a predictive capability that could be useful in policy development and security planning.

Kargel, J. S.; Wessels, R.; Kieffer, H. H.

2002-05-01

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The World Glacier Inventory  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site is part of the National Snow and Ice Data Center's World Glacier Monitoring Service. The World Glacier Inventory contains information for over 67,000 glaciers throughout the world. Parameters within the inventory include: geographic location, area, length, orientation, elevation, and classification of morphological type and moraines. The inventory entries are based upon a single observation in time and can be viewed as a "snapshot" of the glacier at this time. These data are collected and digitized by the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich. A point and click map of the world will also take users to the region of interest with a list of glaciated areas.

C. Haggerty

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Bathymetric control of tidewater glacier mass loss in northwest Greenland  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It has been suggested that fjord geometry could be an important contributor to the observed mass loss variability in Greenland by modulating the flow of warm water to marine-terminating glaciers. New gravity-derived bathymetry of Greenlandic fjords confirms the link between the grounding line depth and rates of glacier mass loss, a relationship previously predicted only in ice models. We focus on two neighboring glaciers to minimize differences in external forcing and therefore isolate the role of the fjord bathymetry. Tracy Glacier has a deeper grounding line and has been retreating since 1892 with a contemporary mass budget of -1.63 Gt a-1. Heilprin Glacier has a shallower grounding line depth, a stable ice terminus, and a mass budget of only -0.53 Gt a-1. Because of its deeper grounding line, Tracy has more ice in contact with warm subsurface water, leaving it more vulnerable to changes in ocean forcing and therefore mass loss.

Porter, David F.; Tinto, Kirsty J.; Boghosian, Alexandra; Cochran, James R.; Bell, Robin E.; Manizade, Serdar S.; Sonntag, John G.

2014-09-01

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The influence of air temperature inversions on snowmelt and glacier mass-balance simulations, Ammassalik island, SE Greenland  

SciTech Connect

In many applications, a realistic description of air temperature inversions is essential for accurate snow and glacier ice melt, and glacier mass-balance simulations. A physically based snow-evolution modeling system (SnowModel) was used to simulate eight years (1998/99 to 2005/06) of snow accumulation and snow and glacier ice ablation from numerous small coastal marginal glaciers on the SW-part of Ammassalik Island in SE Greenland. These glaciers are regularly influenced by inversions and sea breezes associated with the adjacent relatively low temperature and frequently ice-choked fjords and ocean. To account for the influence of these inversions on the spatiotemporal variation of air temperature and snow and glacier melt rates, temperature inversion routines were added to MircoMet, the meteorological distribution sub-model used in SnowModel. The inversions were observed and modeled to occur during 84% of the simulation period. Modeled inversions were defined not to occur during days with strong winds and high precipitation rates due to the potential of inversion break-up. Field observations showed inversions to extend from sea level to approximately 300 m a.s.l., and this inversion level was prescribed in the model simulations. Simulations with and without the inversion routines were compared. The inversion model produced air temperature distributions with warmer lower elevation areas and cooler higher elevation areas than without inversion routines due to the use of cold sea-breeze base temperature data from underneath the inversion. This yielded an up to 2 weeks earlier snowmelt in the lower areas and up to 1 to 3 weeks later snowmelt in the higher elevation areas of the simulation domain. Averaged mean annual modeled surface mass-balance for all glaciers (mainly located above the inversion layer) was -720 {+-} 620 mm w.eq. y{sup -1} for inversion simulations, and -880 {+-} 620 mm w.eq. y{sup -1} without the inversion routines, a difference of 160 mm w.eq. y{sup -1}. The annual glacier loss for the two simulations was 50.7 x 10{sup 6} m{sup 3} y{sup -1} and 64.4 x 10{sup 6} m{sup 3} y{sup -1} for all glaciers - a difference of {approx}21%. The average equilibrium line altitude (ELA) for all glaciers in the simulation domain was located at 875 m a.s.l. and at 900 m a.s.l. for simulations with or without inversion routines, respectively.

Mernild, Sebastian Haugard [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Liston, Glen [COLORADO STATE UNIV.

2009-01-01

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Modelling Greenland Outlet Glaciers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The objective of this project was to develop simple yet realistic models of Greenland outlet glaciers to better understand ongoing changes and to identify possible causes for these changes. Several approaches can be taken to evaluate the interaction between climate forcing and ice dynamics, and the consequent ice-sheet response, which may involve changes in flow style. To evaluate the icesheet response to mass-balance forcing, Van der Veen (Journal of Geophysical Research, in press) makes the assumption that this response can be considered a perturbation on the reference state and may be evaluated separately from how this reference state evolves over time. Mass-balance forcing has an immediate effect on the ice sheet. Initially, the rate of thickness change as compared to the reference state equals the perturbation in snowfall or ablation. If the forcing persists, the ice sheet responds dynamically, adjusting the rate at which ice is evacuated from the interior to the margins, to achieve a new equilibrium. For large ice sheets, this dynamic adjustment may last for thousands of years, with the magnitude of change decreasing steadily over time as a new equilibrium is approached. This response can be described using kinematic wave theory. This theory, modified to pertain to Greenland drainage basins, was used to evaluate possible ice-sheet responses to perturbations in surface mass balance. The reference state is defined based on measurements along the central flowline of Petermann Glacier in north-west Greenland, and perturbations on this state considered. The advantage of this approach is that the particulars of the dynamical flow regime need not be explicitly known but are incorporated through the parameterization of the reference ice flux or longitudinal velocity profile. The results of the kinematic wave model indicate that significant rates of thickness change can occur immediately after the prescribed change in surface mass balance but adjustments in flow rapidly diminish these rates to a few cm/yr at most. The time scale for adjustment is of the order of a thousand years or so.

vanderVeen, Cornelis; Abdalati, Waleed (Technical Monitor)

2001-01-01

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Glacier activity at the Lateglacial / Holocene transition inferred from the Swiss Alps  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High-alpine environments react sensitively to changes in climate. Depending on size, catchment area and valley topography, mountain glaciers response relatively fast with advances and recessions to shifts in temperature and precipitation (e.g. Oerlemans, 2005). About half of the present glaciers in the Swiss Alps are located in the highest mean altitudes areas. Past glacier activity beyond actual glacier extent is sometimes easily identified, such as the moraines related to the Little Ice Age. Records of older glacier activity, however, are usually less abundant. Lateglacial glacier advances are often documented by moraine complexes. By comparing geomorphological characteristics within and between several investigated sites across the Swiss Alps, a relative chronology of glacier oscillations and re-advances was established. A cross-correlation of moraines in the same high-alpine climatic region allows to conclude that moraine ridges in comparable relative positions with similar morphologies and characterized by similar equilibrium line altitude depressions (Gross et al. 1977; Maisch, 1987), may be allocated to the same supra-regional trends in climate change. Surface exposure dating on well defined moraines gives the absolute chronology for the relative framework. More than 50 samples from erratic boulders on the crestline of moraines and glacially abraded bedrock were dated using the radionuclide 10Be. According to the results on boulders of the outer moraines, the oldest ridge coincides in time with the initial phase of the Younger Dryas (e.g. Gerzensee Oscillation). In addition, a number of Lateglacial and early Holocene advances have been identified (Preboreal Oscillation, Younger Dryas and Gerzensee Oscillation). 10Be exposure ages on moraines of the innermost Lateglacial complexes, but distinctly downvalley from Little Ice Age moraines point to cold conditions in the Alps during the early Holocene. REFERENCES Gross, G., Kerschner, H. & Patzelt, G. (1977): Methodische Untersuchungen über die Schneegrenze in alpinen Gletschergebieten. Zeitschrift für Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie, 12, 223-251. Maisch, M. (1987): Zur Gletschergeschichte des alpinen Spätglazials: Analyse und Interpretation von Schneegrenzdaten. Geographica Helvetica, 42, 63-71. Oerlemans, J. (2005): Extracting a Climate Signal from 169 Glacier Records. Science, 308, 675-677.

Schindelwig, Inga; Akçar, Naki; Lukas, Sven; Kubik, Peter W.; Schlüchter, Christian

2010-05-01

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Afghanistan Glacier Diminution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers in Afghanistan represent a late summer - early fall source of melt water for late season crop irrigation in a chronically drought-torn region. Precise river discharge figures associated with glacierized drainage basins are generally unavailable because of the destruction of hydrological gauging stations built in pre-war times although historic discharge data and prior (1960s) mapped glacier regions offer some analytical possibilities. The best satellite data sets for glacier-change detection are declassified Cornona and Keyhole satellite data sets, standard Landsat sources, and new ASTER images assessed in our GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space) Regional Center for Southwest Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan). The new hyperspectral remote sensing survey of Afghanistan completed by the US Geological Survey and the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines offers potential for future detailed assessments. Long-term climate change in southwest Asia has decreased precipitation for millennia so that glaciers, rivers and lakes have all declined from prehistoric and historic highs. As many glaciers declined in ice volume, they increased in debris cover until they were entirely debris-covered or became rock glaciers, and the ice was protected thereby from direct solar radiation, to presumably reduce ablation rates. We have made a preliminary assessment of glacier location and extent for the country, with selected, more-detailed, higher-resolution studies underway. In the Great Pamir of the Wakhan Corridor where the largest glaciers occur, we assessed fluctuations of a randomly selected 30 glaciers from 1976 to 2003. Results indicate that 28 glacier-terminus positions have retreated, and the largest average retreat rate was 36 m/yr. High albedo, non-vegetated glacier forefields formed prior to 1976, and geomorphological evidence shows apparent glacier-surface downwasting after 1976. Climatic conditions and glacier retreat have resulted in disconnection of tributary glaciers to their main trunk, the formation of high-altitude lakes, and an increased frequency and size of proglacial lakes that are, however, genrally unavailable for irrigation sources. Similar conditions of glacier diminution have occurred in almost all other high altitude parts of the country. Generally decreased precipitation in all seasons, coupled with decreased glacier storage of potential melt-water, augers continued severe problems for beleaguered Afghanistan agriculture, along with concomitant social problems as a result.

Shroder, J. F.; Bishop, M.; Haritashya, U.; Olsenholler, J.

2008-12-01

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Mass budget of the grounded ice in the Lambert GlacierAmery Ice Shelf system  

E-print Network

Mass budget of the grounded ice in the Lambert Glacier­Amery Ice Shelf system WEN Jiahong,1 WANG budgets of grounded ice-flow regimes that form the Lambert Glacier­Amery Ice Shelf system. Three distinct grounding line at the major outlet glacier confluence, which can be identified with drainage zones 9, 11

Huybrechts, Philippe

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In Brief: Melting glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers in Patagonia and Alaska have been losing their mass, and for longer than glaciers elsewhere in the world, according to a 7 December report compiled by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “Climate change is causing significant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide,” notes the report, which calls for accelerated research, monitoring, and modeling of glaciers and snow and their role in water supplies. The report “also highlights the vulnerability and exposure of people dependent upon [glacier-fed] rivers to floods, droughts and eventually shortages as a result of changes in the melting and freezing cycles linked with climate change and other pollution impacts,” according to UNEP executive director Achim Steiner. For more information, visit http://www.grida.no/publications/high­mountain-glaciers/.

Showstack, Randy; Tretkoff, Ernie

2010-12-01

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All about glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The National Snow and Ice Data Center created this website to educate everyone, from grade school students to glaciologists, about glaciers. At the Data and Science link, researchers can learn about glaciological organizations, publications, and research projects as well as how to obtain glacial data. Students and educators can find a glaciology glossary, answers to many of their questions, and amazing images of glaciers at the General Information link. The website also provides a detailed portrayal of the life of glaciers.

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Glaciers and Climate Change  

Microsoft Academic Search

Although my book focuses on valley glaciers, it is not intended\\u000ato provide a basic course in glaciology, nor does it claim to\\u000agive a state-of-the-art picture of glacier research. It consists\\u000amainly of the personal reflections of a meteorologist who\\u000agradually became interested in glaciers and is written primarily\\u000afor persons with a general interest in the physics of

J. Oerlemans

2001-01-01

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Modelling mass balance and temperature sensitivity on Shallap glacier, Peru  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Due to pronounced dry seasons in the tropical Andes of Peru glacier melt water is an important factor for year-round water availability for the local society. Andean glaciers have been shrinking during the last decades but present day's magnitudes of glacier mass balance and sensitivities to changes in atmospheric drivers are not well known. Therefore we have calculated spatial distributed glacier mass and energy balance of Shallap glacier (4700 m - 5700 m, 9°S), Cordillera Blanca, Peru, on hourly time steps for the period Sept. 2006 to Aug. 2008 with records from an AWS close to the glacier as model input. Our model evaluation against measured surface height change in the ablation zone of the glacier yields our model results to be reasonable and within an expectable error range. For the mass balance characteristics we found similar vertical gradients and accumulation area ratios but markedly differences in specific mass balance from year to year. The differences were mainly caused by large differences in annual ablation in the glacier area below 5000m. By comparing the meteorological conditions in both years we found for the year with more negative mass balance that total precipitation was only slightly lower but mean annual temperature was higher, thus the fraction of liquid precipitation and the snow line altitude too. As shortwave net energy turned out to be the key driver of ablation in all seasons the deviations in snow line altitude and surface albedo explain most of the deviations in available melt energy. Hence, mass balance of tropical Shallap glacier was not only sensitive to precipitation but also to temperature which has not been expected for glaciers in the Peruvian Andes before. We furthermore have investigated impacts of increasing temperature due to its multiple effects on glacier mass and energy balance (fraction of liquid precipitation, long wave incoming radiation, sensible and latent heat flux). Presenting these results should allow for better estimates of glacier evolution under changing climate conditions in the Peruvian Andes.

Gurgiser, W.; Marzeion, B.; Nicholson, L. I.; Ortner, M.; Kaser, G.

2013-12-01

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Glacier Erosion and Convergent Tectonics in Southern Alaska  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Chugach-St. Elias Mountains of South Alaska reach over 5500m elevation above the Gulf of Alaska. This region of extreme relief occurs at the corner of Northwest America, a region of focused tectonic activity. Moderately low temperatures and heavy precipitation on the coastal side of the range produce the largest modern temperate glacial systems on earth. Frequent and large injections of water to the glacier bed result into very dynamic ice masses that slide rapidly over the landscape. Rapid advection of ice over highly fractured lithologies translates into high basin wide erosion rates (order of 1 cm per year; Hallet et al, 1996). These rates are computed on the basis of sedimentation that has occurred in fjords and lakes since the onset of the post Little Ice Age retreat; they are thus temporal averages for the latest Holocene which has been characterized by widespread tidewater glacier retreat in the region. Our continuing work in South Alaska seeks to document rates of sediment delivery in carefully chosen natural sediment traps in order to infer erosion rates accounting for a wide range of glacier dynamics because, for surging and tidewater glaciers, ice flux varies widely in time (with speeds ranging by up to 3 orders of magnitude). In particular, studies of sediment fluxed in fjords have allowed us to downscale erosion rates characteristic of tidewater retreat to that representative of mean ice flux conditions. The maintenance of high mountain belts in regions of rapid tectonic convergence and erosion over long period of times (millions of years) suggest a dynamic equilibrium between the processes that build and those that diminish landscapes. Our numerical model of glacial landscape evolution suggests that the pattern of tectonic uplift has to match the spatial distribution of erosion for the hypsometry of the landscape, which gives rise to large glaciers, is to be sustained over the long term. Inverting the erosional patterns imposed by modern glacial systems to map rock uplift patterns in steady state orogens is thus a straight forward means of assessing the spatial permanence of exhumation as reflected in the distribution of metamorphic rock grades at the earth surface. Under conditions of spatial-temporal equilibrium between forcings, the highest modern topography tends to be associated with the deepest troughs dissecting the range. In addition, the presence of a major divide near the equilibrium line altitude of massive through-going glacial ice bodies reinforces the suggestion of positive feedback between exhumation and tectonics in the St. Elias Mountains. A model that is tuned with modern rates of erosion and that is constrained by glacier observations indicates that relief reached a limit in the St. Elias Mountains, and did so over the course of a few glacial cycles provided that modern exhumation rates are representative of long-term average erosion.

Merrand, Y.; Hallet, B.

2001-12-01

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Modeling magnetohydrodynamics and non equilibrium SoHO/UVCS line emission of CME shocks  

E-print Network

We provide a guideline to interpret the UVCS emission lines (in particular O VI and Si XII) during shock wave propagation in the outer solar corona. We use a numerical MHD model performing a set of simulations of shock waves generated in the corona and from the result we compute the plasma emission for the O VI and Si XII including the effects of NEI. We analyze the radiative and spectral properties of our model with the support of a detailed radiation model including Doppler dimming and an analytical model for shocks, and, finally, we synthesize the expected O VI 1032A line profile. We explain several spectral features of the observations like the absence of discontinuities in the O VI emission during the shock passage, the brightening of Si XII emission and the width of the lines. We use our model also to give very simple and general predictions for the strength of the line wings due to the ions shock heating and on the line shape for Limb CMEs or Halo CMEs. The emission coming from post-shock region in the solar corona roughly agrees with the emission from a simple planar and adiabatic shock, but the effect of thermal conduction and the magnetic field may be important depending on the event parameters. Doppler dimming significantly influences the O VI emission while Si XII line brightens mainly because of the shock compression. Significant shock heating is responsible for the wide and faint component of the O VI line usually observed which may be taken as a shock signature in the solar corona.

P. Pagano; J. C. Raymond; F. Reale; S. Orlando

2008-01-17

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The thermophysics of glaciers  

SciTech Connect

This volume presents the results of experimental and theoretical work on the thermodynamics of ice sheets and glaciers. The author has carried out extensive field work in both the Soviet Union and Antarctica over the last 25 years and has contributed to the understanding of the thermophysics of glaciers. The topics covered in this volume embrace heat flow measurement and temperature distributions in glaciers, the thermal drilling of glaciers, the melting and freezing of ice sheets, and other thermophysical problems. Also included are topics of relevance to glacial engineering.

Zotikov, I.A.

1986-01-01

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Glaciers and Icebergs  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This lesson plan provides instruction to teachers for creating a glacier in the classroom to demonstrate how glaciation affects landforms. Learning objectives include student understanding that as glaciers move, they create a variety of patterns on landforms by a process called glacial scraping, that the scraping patterns left by a glacier depend on how the glacier moved over the landform, and that the evidence of glaciation left by glacial scraping provides clues to the climate in a particular place over a long period of time. The site also includes relevant vocabulary words with sound recordings for pronunciation. There are ideas presented for more advanced activities, discussion questions, and additional sources to consult.

Frank Weisel

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Glaciers: Teacher's Guide  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Glaciers Teacher's Guide Web site was created by Arizona educator Patti Greenleaf. The site provides everything needed to complete the online activity, which is geared to students in grades 4 to 5. Objectives of the lesson include having students define what a glacier is, correctly use some terminology related to glaciers, describe how they form and move, and finally be able to tell where glaciers are located today. These objectives are accomplished by having the students read the provided text as well as looking at various photographs and movies. The structure and material of the site are its highlight, both of which are simple but effective.

Nichols, Marilyn.

1969-12-31

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Topography, relief, climate and glaciers: a global prespective  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The examination of the relationship between Earth's topography and present and past climate (i.e. long-term elevation of glaciers Equilibrium Line Altitude) reveals that the elevation of mountain ranges may be limited or controlled by glaciations. This is of prime importance, because glacial condition would lead to a limit the mountain development, hence the accumulation of gravitational energy and prevent the development of further glacial conditions as well as setting the erosion in (peri)glacial environments. This study examines the relationships between topography and the global Equilibrium Line Altitude of alpine glaciers around the world (long term snowline, i.e. the altitude where the ice mass balance is null). Two main observations can be drawn: 1) The distance between the (averaged and maximum) topography, and the ELA decreases pole ward the poles, and even become reversed (mean elevation above to ELA) at high latitude. Correlatively, the elevation of very large portion of land at mid-latitude cannot be related to glaciations, simply because it was never glaciated (large distance between topography and long-term mean ELA). The maximum distance between the ELA and the topography is greater close to the equator and decreases poleward. In absence of glacial and periglacial erosion, this trend cannot have its origin in glacial and periglacial processes. Moreover, the ELA elevation shows a significant (1000 - 1500m) depression in the intertropical zone. This depression of the ELA is not reflected at all in the topography. 2) The distribution of relief on Earth, if normalized by the mean elevation of mountain ranges (as a proxy for available space to create relief) shows a latitudinal band of greater relief between 40° and 60° (or between ELA of 500m to 2500m a.s.l.). This mid-latitude relatively greater relief challenges the straightforward relationship between glaciations, erosion and topography. Oppositely, it suggests that glacier may be more efficient agent in temperate area, with important amplitude between glacial and interglacial climate. This is consistent with the view of a very variable glacier erodibility that can erode and protect the landscape, as well as with studies documenting a bimodal location of the preferred glacial erosion, at relatively high elevation (around the long-term ELA), and at much lower elevation (close to the glacial maximum lower reaches), thanks to efficient water lubrication of the glacier bases that greatly enhance the sliding velocity. These findings show that the relation between the mountain topography and the long term snowline is not as straightforward as previously proposed. Beside the role of tectonic forcing highlighted by several authors, the importance of the glacial erosion appears to be crucial at mid latitude, but more complex at both high and low latitude. Moreover, the relief at mid latitude appears to be higher, hence suggesting a positive correlation between relief and topographic control of glacier on the landscape.

Champagnac, Jean-Daniel; Valla, Pierre; Herman, fred

2014-05-01

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Kinetic equilibrium of iron in the atmospheres of cool dwarf stars. II. Weak Fe I lines in the solar spectrum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

NLTE line formation calculations of FeI in the solar atmosphere are extended to include weak lines in the visual spectrum of the Sun. Previously established atomic models are used to discriminate between different ways of treating collisional interaction processes. As indicated by the analysis of strong FeI lines, the influence of deviations from LTE in the solar atmosphere on the Fe abundance is small for all lines. To derive a common solar FeI abundance from both strong and weak lines fine-tuning of the microturbulence velocity parameter and the van der Waals damping constants is required. The solar FeI abundances based on all available f-values are dominated by the large scatter already found for the stronger lines. In particular the bulk of the data from the work of May et al. and O'Brian et al. is not adequate for accurate abundance work. Based on f-values measured by the Hannover and Oxford groups alone, the FeI LTE abundances are \\log\\varepsilonFeI,solar = 7.57 for the empirical and \\log\\varepsilonFeI,solar = 7.48 \\ldots 7.51 for the line-blanketed solar model. The solar Fe ionization equilibrium obtained for different atomic and atmospheric models rules out NLTE atomic models with a low efficiency of hydrogen collisions. At variance with Paper I, it is now in better agreement with laboratory FeII f-values for all types of line-blanketed models. Our final model assumptions consistent with a single unique solar Fe abundance \\log\\varepsilonFeI,solar ~ 7.48 \\ldots 7.51 calculated from NLTE line formation are (a) a line-blanketed solar model atmosphere, (b) an iron model atom with hydrogen collision rates $0.5 < SH < 5 times the standard value to compensate for the large photoionization cross-sections, (c) a microturbulence velocity ?t = 1.0 km s-1, (d) van der Waals damping parameters decreased by ?\\log C6 = -0.10 \\ldots -0.15 as compared to Anstee & O'Mara's calculations, depending on SH, (e) FeII f-values as published by Schnabel et al., and (f) FeI f-values published by the Hannover and Oxford groups.

Gehren, T.; Korn, A. J.; Shi, J.

2001-12-01

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Stark broadening for diagnostics of the electron density in non-equilibrium plasma utilizing isotope hydrogen alpha lines  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Two Stark broadening parameters including FWHM (full width at half maximum) and FWHA (full width at half area) of isotope hydrogen alpha lines are simultaneously introduced to determine the electron density of a pulsed vacuum arc jet. To estimate the gas temperature, the rotational temperature of the C2 Swan system is fit to 2500 ± 100 K. A modified Boltzmann-plot method with bi-factor is introduced to determine the modified electron temperature. The comparison between results of atomic and ionic lines indicates the jet is in partial local thermodynamic equilibrium and the electron temperature is close to 13 000 ± 400 K. Based on the computational results of Gig-Card calculation, a simple and precise interpolation algorithm for the discrete-points tables can be constructed to obtain the traditional ne-Te diagnostic maps of two Stark broadening parameters. The results from FWHA formula by the direct use of FWHM = FWHA and these from the diagnostic map are different. It can be attributed to the imprecise FWHA formula form and the deviation between FWHM and FWHA. The variation of the reduced mass pair due to the non-equilibrium effect contributes to the difference of the results derived from two hydrogen isotope alpha lines. Based on the Stark broadening analysis in this work, a corrected method is set up to determine ne of (1.10 ± 0.08) × 1021 m-3, the reference reduced mass ?0 pair of (3.30 ± 0.82 and 1.65 ± 0.41), and the ion kinetic temperature of 7900 ± 1800 K.

Yang, Lin; Tan, Xiaohua; Wan, Xiang; Chen, Lei; Jin, Dazhi; Qian, Muyang; Li, Gongping

2014-04-01

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Stark broadening for diagnostics of the electron density in non-equilibrium plasma utilizing isotope hydrogen alpha lines  

SciTech Connect

Two Stark broadening parameters including FWHM (full width at half maximum) and FWHA (full width at half area) of isotope hydrogen alpha lines are simultaneously introduced to determine the electron density of a pulsed vacuum arc jet. To estimate the gas temperature, the rotational temperature of the C{sub 2} Swan system is fit to 2500?±?100?K. A modified Boltzmann-plot method with b{sub i}-factor is introduced to determine the modified electron temperature. The comparison between results of atomic and ionic lines indicates the jet is in partial local thermodynamic equilibrium and the electron temperature is close to 13?000?±?400?K. Based on the computational results of Gig-Card calculation, a simple and precise interpolation algorithm for the discrete-points tables can be constructed to obtain the traditional n{sub e}-T{sub e} diagnostic maps of two Stark broadening parameters. The results from FWHA formula by the direct use of FWHM?=?FWHA and these from the diagnostic map are different. It can be attributed to the imprecise FWHA formula form and the deviation between FWHM and FWHA. The variation of the reduced mass pair due to the non-equilibrium effect contributes to the difference of the results derived from two hydrogen isotope alpha lines. Based on the Stark broadening analysis in this work, a corrected method is set up to determine n{sub e} of (1.10?±?0.08)?×?10{sup 21}?m{sup ?3}, the reference reduced mass ?{sub 0} pair of (3.30?±?0.82 and 1.65?±?0.41), and the ion kinetic temperature of 7900?±?1800?K.

Yang, Lin [Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Institute of Electronic Engineering, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Tan, Xiaohua; Wan, Xiang; Chen, Lei; Jin, Dazhi; Qian, Muyang [Institute of Electronic Engineering, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Li, Gongping, E-mail: ligp@lzu.edu.cn [Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

2014-04-28

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Draft paper, June 2011 Traffic equilibrium between transit lines serviced by  

E-print Network

boarding zone only. The theory addresses waiting discipline ­ either priority queuing or mingled waiting vehicles: a route choice model with passenger waiting on platform Fabien Leurent (1 ) Université Paris Est of passenger waiting and route choice at a transit station where a set of lines serviced by vehicles of limited

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Copper crystals on the (1120) sapphire plane: orientation relationships, triple line ridges and interface shape equilibrium  

E-print Network

Copper crystals on the (1120) sapphire plane: orientation relationships, triple line ridges The orientation relationships (ORs) of copper crystals on a ð1120� sapphire substrate equilibrated at 1253 K of sapphire, fast diffusion of sapphire at the copper/ sapphire interface is observed: the copper particles

Rohrer, Gregory S.

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HORSESHOE CURVE IN GLACIER POINT ROAD NEAR GLACIER POINT. HALF ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

HORSESHOE CURVE IN GLACIER POINT ROAD NEAR GLACIER POINT. HALF DOME AT CENTER REAR. SAME VIEW AT CA-157-2. LOOKING NNE. GIS: N-37' 43 44.3 / W-119 34 14.1 - Glacier Point Road, Between Chinquapin Flat & Glacier Point, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA

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2. HORSESHOE CURVE IN GLACIER POINT ROAD NEAR GLACIER POINT. ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

2. HORSESHOE CURVE IN GLACIER POINT ROAD NEAR GLACIER POINT. HALF DOME AT CENTER REAR. LOOKING NNE. GIS N-37 43 44.3 / W-119 34 14.1 - Glacier Point Road, Between Chinquapin Flat & Glacier Point, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA

134

Mini Glacier Meltdown  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation about the different causes of glacial melt. Groups of learners will design their own experiment using frozen "glaciers", bricks and different energy sources (fans, and lights) to test how different conditions affect the rate of melting. The results might be surprising. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Glaciers.

Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.

2007-01-01

135

The GLIMS Glacier Database  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) project has built a geospatial and temporal database of glacier data, composed of glacier outlines and various scalar attributes. These data are being derived primarily from satellite imagery, such as from ASTER and Landsat. Each \\

B. H. Raup; S. S. Khalsa; R. Armstrong

2007-01-01

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Photographer Overlooking Columbia Glacier  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

Photographer Tad Pfeffer capturing images of Columbia Glacier in Prince William Sound, Alaska. He is looking down-glacier towards the ice front, which faces open water in the fjord. This open water is extremely rare, and has not happened again since 2005. The fjord is typically covered with iceberg ...

137

Glaciers and Rocks  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This formative assessment item uncovers students' ideas about glacial erosion and how glaciers transport rocks and other sediment. The assessment is aligned with the National Science Education Standards. It contains instructional suggestions as well as links to other helpful resources dealing with glaciers and glacial movement.

Jessica Fries-Gaither

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Denali Fault: Susitna Glacier  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

Helicopters and satellite phones were integral to the geologic field response. Here, Peter Haeussler is calling a seismologist to pass along the discovery of the Susitna Glacier thrust fault. View is to the north up the Susitna Glacier. The Denali fault trace lies in the background where the two lan...

2008-12-15

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Rapid ASTER imaging facilitates timely assessment of glacier hazards and disasters  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glacier- and permafrost-related hazards increasingly threaten human lives, settlements, and infrastructure in high-mountain regions. Present atmospheric warming particularly affects terrestrial systems where surface and sub-surface ice are involved. Changes in glacier and permafrost equilibrium are shifting beyond historical knowledge. Human settlement and activities are extending toward danger zones in the cryospheric system. A number of recent glacier hazards and disasters

Andy Kääb; Rick Wessels; Wilfried Haeberli; Christian Huggel; Jeffrey S. Kargel; Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa

2003-01-01

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Glacier Peak, Washington  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site features links to all aspects of Glacier Peak, a volcano in the Cascade Range, including its geographic setting, and geologic and eruptive history. Glacier Peak is not prominently visible from any major metropolitan centers, and thus its attractions, as well as its hazards, tend to be overlooked. Yet, Glacier Peak has produced larger and more explosive eruptions than any other Washington volcano except Mount St. Helens. Glacier Peak was not known by settlers to be a volcano until the 1850s, when Native Americans mentioned it to naturalist George Gibbs. Not until 1898 did Glacier Peak appear on a published map under its current name. Links labeled 'Special Items of Interest' include information about volcanic highlights and features, and points of interest. Other links lead to maps, graphics, images, publications, reports, and other items of interest involving this volcano and others.

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National Park Glaciers Knowledge Center  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This interactive resource explains what glaciers are, where they are found, how they form, and how they move. The types and parts of glaciers are discussed, as well as ice ages, the different types of landforms that may result from glaciation, and how scientists monitor glaciers. Examples from our national parks are also highlighted as case studies to illustrate how glaciers have created landscapes.

2005-08-01

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Analysis of the relationship between glacier ELA with climatic and morpho-topographic parameters, for tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent decades, climate change has produced an important glacier shrinkage in the Peruvian mountain chains, with accelerated melting of ice and snow masses and an increase in the equilibrium-line altitude (ELA). These changes have led to conflicts on water availability for local and regional populations and increasing glacier risks (proglacial lakes formation). In this study we have determined the spatio-temporal variations of ELA obtained through the snowline altitude (SLA) for a total of 17 glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca (Peru, 9°S) during the period 2001-2010. These time series have been analysed in function to climate and morpho-topographic parameters in order to quantify their influences on the spatio-temporal variations of the ELA. The investigation is based on optical remote-sensing images and geographic information systems (GIS). The relationship between the snowline measured on the satellite images recorded during the dry season and the ELA has been validated on four glaciers where mass balance field measurements are conducted since the early 2000s. For the study period, the average ELA at the scale of the Cordillera Blanca is about ~ 4920 m a.s.l. and an increasing trend (~ 11 m / year) is observed. The comparison with climatic and morpho-topographic parameters, shows that the average ELA over the study period is mainly controlled by morpho-topographic parameters, but the interannual variations are mainly driven by climate conditions (the best correlation being found when comparing ELA anomalies with temperature at 500 hPa anomalies).

Loarte, Edwin; Rabatel, Antoine

2013-04-01

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Bathymetric Controls On Observed Tidewater Glacier Retreat In Northwest Greenland  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Although many of the largest glaciers in Greenland are losing mass, the large variability in observed mass wastage of the remaining glaciers clouds interpretation of the proposed external forcings, such as warming of the ocean or atmosphere. Some glaciers are accelerating and thinning while other nearby glaciers advance and gain mass. Recent efforts suggest that increased ocean temperatures may be responsible for the observed glacial retreat in Greenland and Antarctica through increased basal melting beneath floating ice tongues and vertical ice faces of tidewater glaciers. Basal melting may contribute significantly to calving and thinning, and to an eventual speeding up of the glacier, resulting in thinning further inland. Knowledge of fjord geometry is crucial for ice-ocean interaction because the availability of ocean heat to the ice will be restricted by narrow sills and shallow grounding lines. We investigate whether the variability in observed changes among Greenland glaciers can be partially explained by variation in fjord geometry. Some features of a fjord that could influence the ice-ocean system include the depth of the grounding line, the presence of sills, sloping bed, and the water cavity shape beneath floating ice. New estimates of fjord bathymetries in northwest Greenland, using airborne gravimetry measurements from NASA Operation IceBridge flights, are compared to estimates of ice acceleration and mass wastage of neighboring glaciers. We investigate the correlation between fjord geometry features and several glacier parameters, such as surface velocity and elevation changes. We determine that the geometry of glacial fjords play a large role in determining the stability of outlet glaciers. Deep sills and deep terminus grounding lines will allow greater interaction with the deep and warm Atlantic water off the shelf break. For two neighboring glaciers in northwest Greenland, we find that the glacier with a deeper grounding line, and presumably in contact with more warm water, is flowing faster and experiencing larger mass loss over the past decade. Such broad correlations between grounding line depths and mass wastage are a starting point in an effort to understand the variability of observed retreat of outlet glaciers in northern Greenland.

Porter, D. F.; Tinto, K. J.; Boghosian, A.; Cochran, J. R.; Bell, R. E.

2013-12-01

144

A new glacier inventory for 2009 reveals spatial and temporal variability in glacier response to atmospheric warming in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula, 1988-2009  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Northern Antarctic Peninsula has recently exhibited ice-shelf disintegration, glacier recession and acceleration. However, the dynamic response of land-terminating, ice-shelf tributary and tidewater glaciers has not yet been quantified or assessed for variability, and there are sparse published data for glacier classification, morphology, area, length or altitude. This paper firstly uses ASTER images from 2009 and a SPIRIT DEM from 2006 to classify the area, length, altitude, slope, aspect, geomorphology, type and hypsometry of 194 glaciers on Trinity Peninsula, Vega Island and James Ross Island. Secondly, this paper uses LANDSAT-4 and ASTER images from 1988 and 2001 and data from the Antarctic Digital Database (ADD) from 1997 to document glacier change 1988-2009. From 1988-2001, 90 % of glaciers receded, and from 2001-2009, 79 % receded. Glaciers on the western side of Trinity Peninsula retreated relatively little. On the eastern side of Trinity Peninsula, the rate of recession of ice-shelf tributary glaciers has slowed from 12.9 km2 a-1 (1988-2001) to 2.4 km2 a-1 (2001-2009). Tidewater glaciers on the drier, cooler Eastern Trinity Peninsula experienced fastest recession from 1988-2001, with limited frontal retreat after 2001. Land-terminating glaciers on James Ross Island also retreated fastest in the period 1988-2001. Large tidewater glaciers on James Ross Island are now declining in areal extent at rates of up to 0.04 km2 a-1. This east-west difference is largely a result of orographic temperature and precipitation gradients across the Antarctic Peninsula. Strong variability in tidewater glacier recession rates may result from the influence of glacier length, altitude, slope and hypsometry on glacier mass balance. High snowfall means that the glaciers on the Western Peninsula are not currently rapidly receding. Recession rates on the eastern side of Trinity Peninsula are slowing as the floating ice tongues retreat into the fjords and the glaciers reach a new dynamic equilibrium. The rapid glacier recession of tidewater glaciers on James Ross Island is likely to continue because of their low elevations and flat profiles. In contrast, the higher and steeper tidewater glaciers on the Eastern Antarctic Peninsula will attain more stable frontal positions after low-lying ablation areas are removed.

Davies, B. J.; Carrivick, J. L.; Glasser, N. F.; Hambrey, M. J.; Smellie, J. L.

2011-12-01

145

Non-Equilibrium in Line-Tied Coronal Magnetic Fields http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v28n2/aas188/abs/S019002.html 1 of 1 3/10/05 11:50 AM  

E-print Network

Non-Equilibrium in Line-Tied Coronal Magnetic Fields http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v28n2/aas. Oral session, Monday, June 10 Wisconsin Center, [19.02] Non-Equilibrium in Line-Tied Coronal Magnetic footpoint mapping between the two plates with the line-tied boundary condition. This implies

Ng, Chung-Sang

146

Defining modern day Area-Altitude Balance Ratios (AABRs) and their use in glacier-climate reconstructions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With the increasing use of digital elevation models in palaeo-glacier reconstructions and the availability of freeware spreadsheets the Area-Altitude Balance Ratio (AABR) and Balance Ratio (BR) methods are becoming increasingly used in palaeo-glacier reconstruction for estimating Equilibrium Line Altitudes (ELA) and subsequently deriving quantitative estimates of palaeo-climate. While there are many data detailing contemporary Accumulation Area Ratios, there are still only a few studies that have established, from contemporary environments, AABR/BR ratios. Publicly available glacier mass balance (World Glacier Monitoring Service, US Geological Survey, and Norwegian Water Directorate) and spatial extent datasets provided the basis for this research. From a time series of mass balance, regressing specific net balance against ELA allows the zero net balance ELA to be identified. Once the zero balance ELA is established, the glacier hypsometry above and below the ELA is defined. The AABR/BR is calculated by using (the right hand side) the following: AABR=b/b=(zA)/(zA), where, b nab and b nac are the net mass balance gradients in the ablation and accumulation zones respectively, z and z are the area-weighted mean altitudes of the accumulation and ablation areas respectively and A ac and A ab are the areas of the accumulation and ablation areas respectively. AABRs are calculated for a suite of glaciers located across a range of climatic zones and glacier types, with Antarctica being excluded. The following "representative" AABRs are found: a global AABR = 1.75 ± 0.71; Mid-latitude maritime = 1.9 ± 0.81; High-latitude = 2.24 ± 0.85; North America - West Coast = 2.09 ± 0.93; North America - Eastern Rockies = 1.11 ± 0.1; Canadian Arctic = 2.91 ± 0.35; Svalbard = 2.13 ± 0.52; Western Norway = 1.5 ± 0.4; European Alps = 1.59 ± 0.6; Central Asia = 1.75 ± 0.56; Kamchatka = 3.18 ± 0.16. This study provides an empirically derived dataset characterising AABR ratios which may be used for ELA estimation in palaeo-glacier reconstructions and for palaeo-climate quantification.

Rea, Brice R.

2009-02-01

147

Mapping the Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This earth systems field lab begins with an in-class guided inquiry experience which uses Minnesota Geological Survey 3-D maps of the upper Midwest to determine where they believe glaciers may have had an influence. They will determine this by looking at landscapes and compiling their own evidence from the maps. They will also offer evidence for a hypothesis they generate which involves the direction that the glacier was traveling. The two-day lesson ends (after student presentations on their findings about glaciers) with a field investigation of one of our parking lot snow banks. Students will compare and contrast what they know about glaciers, with one of our parking lot snow banks, determining any similarities with how the landscape may have appeared during the Pleistocene.

148

Geological Field Trips: Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Students will utilize the Internet to take a virtual field trip to visit a glacier and discover what physical effects glaciers have on the land. They will also have the opportunity to virtually visit Vermont and trace the pictorial history of how a whale's fossils were found there. The site also contains a student worksheet for their visual field trip. The site also provides an explanation of the formation of fossils.

Zvanut, Patti

2000-03-23

149

Getting the Shot, Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park.  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

USGS scientist shoots a repeat photograph of Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park to illustrate glacial recession due to impacts of climate change.  *note – logo on scientists hat is logo from USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, not private....

150

Measurement and simulation of snow and superimposed ice at the Kongsvegen glacier, Svalbard (Spitzbergen)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Multiyear glaciometeorological data have been collected at about the equilibrium line of Kongsvegen glacier in Svalbard. During the first summer of the investigation period, about 0.6 m of superimposed ice (SI) was built up because of effective meltwater refreeze upon the former glacier surface. Thus winter accumulation is completely retained from runoff, and latent heat is released equivalent to 27% of July net radiation. This ice layer, as well as part of the former year's ice, disappeared during the subsequent summer. Using a physically based snow model, the evolution of the snow pack properties as well as the observed amount of SI is successfully reproduced. However, the latter is only possible by modifying the model's water transport routine to also treat effects of ponding water, which have been observed. Two distinct phases of SI formation can be distinguished. A first one (15 cm) is initiated as soon as meltwater has penetrated to the underlying cold glacier ice. Toward the end of the melt period, however, the remaining body of SI is rapidly formed because of intense atmospheric cooling. The availability of ponding water plays an essential role in this context. During the following summer the initial refreezing phase was terminated by exposure of the newly built SI at the surface. The whole amount of the actual year and the major part of the former year's SI was melted then. A positive ice-albedo feedback process plays an additional role there. Sensitivity studies prove that the model results and their interpretation do not critically depend on possible uncertainties of input data and model parameters. Despite their local nature these studies are valuable steps toward understanding the regional distribution of SI on Arctic glaciers as well as their climate sensitivity. Remote sensing studies indicate that SI presently covers 35% of Kongsvegen's surface area.

Obleitner, Friedrich; Lehning, Michael

2004-02-01

151

Comparing In Situ Spectra and Multispectral Classifications of Glacier Surfaces  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers can be divided into distinct surface zones (or facies) such as new snow, firn, slush, and glacier ice, which can then be quantitatively linked to the mass balance state of a glacier. Due to similarities in reflective properties, persistent difficulty is had identifying the snow line and accumulation area rather than the more distinct glacier ice-firn line. Yet, it is the snow line rather than the firn line which provides a sensitive indicator of how a given year's climate influences a glacier. As small icecaps and glaciers contribute significantly to current sea level rise and will continue to do so in the coming decades, it would be highly beneficial to develop a technique which measures a glacier mass balance proxy - the glacier accumulation area ratio - using widespread, high resolution multispectral imagery. In situ glacier surface spectra (350-2300 nm) were measured on Midtre Lovénbreen (Svalbard) in August 2010 and Langjökull (Iceland) in August 2011 using an ASD field spectroradiometer. The full-spectrum reflectance measurements allow simulation of various airborne and spaceborne multispectral sensors including the Airborne Thematic Mapper, Landsat ETM+, MODIS or MERIS, and ESA's forthcoming Sentinel 2. Published studies have applied methods such as spectral band ratios, normalized indices, thresholding, principal component analysis, unsupervised classification, supervised classification, and spectral mixing analysis to classify glacier surfaces. The work presented here uses the collected in situ surface reflectance data to inform interpretation of ISODATA classification schemes of airborne and satellite multispectral imagery, can provide end member points for spectral mixing studies, and gives a starting point from which to further develop useful analysis strategies for remote imagery. Future research directions could integrate elevation and intensity data from airborne LiDAR campaigns. While spectra and classifications of airborne/satellite multispectral imagery match reasonably for Svalbard data, this is not the case between in situ measurements from Svalbard and imagery from Iceland. This paper will investigate not only the potential causes of differing spectral properties of glacier surfaces in Svalbard and Iceland, but also use the in situ spectra to evaluate classification techniques and inform more effective and reliable strategies for remotely measuring a glacier's accumulation area.

Pope, A.; Rees, G.; Willis, I. C.; Arnold, N. S.

2011-12-01

152

The GLIMS Glacier Database  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) project has built a geospatial and temporal database of glacier data, composed of glacier outlines and various scalar attributes. These data are being derived primarily from satellite imagery, such as from ASTER and Landsat. Each "snapshot" of a glacier is from a specific time, and the database is designed to store multiple snapshots representative of different times. We have implemented two web-based interfaces to the database; one enables exploration of the data via interactive maps (web map server), while the other allows searches based on text-field constraints. The web map server is an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant Web Map Server (WMS) and Web Feature Server (WFS). This means that other web sites can display glacier layers from our site over the Internet, or retrieve glacier features in vector format. All components of the system are implemented using Open Source software: Linux, PostgreSQL, PostGIS (geospatial extensions to the database), MapServer (WMS and WFS), and several supporting components such as Proj.4 (a geographic projection library) and PHP. These tools are robust and provide a flexible and powerful framework for web mapping applications. As a service to the GLIMS community, the database contains metadata on all ASTER imagery acquired over glacierized terrain. Reduced-resolution of the images (browse imagery) can be viewed either as a layer in the MapServer application, or overlaid on the virtual globe within Google Earth. The interactive map application allows the user to constrain by time what data appear on the map. For example, ASTER or glacier outlines from 2002 only, or from Autumn in any year, can be displayed. The system allows users to download their selected glacier data in a choice of formats. The results of a query based on spatial selection (using a mouse) or text-field constraints can be downloaded in any of these formats: ESRI shapefiles, KML (Google Earth), MapInfo, GML (Geography Markup Language) and GMT (Generic Mapping Tools). This "clip-and-ship" function allows users to download only the data they are interested in. Our flexible web interfaces to the database, which includes various support layers (e.g. a layer to help collaborators identify satellite imagery over their region of expertise) will facilitate enhanced analysis to be undertaken on glacier systems, their distribution, and their impacts on other Earth systems.

Raup, B. H.; Khalsa, S. S.; Armstrong, R.

2007-12-01

153

Glacier mass-balance standards  

Microsoft Academic Search

Deep-sea cores and ice cores from the late Cenozoic show that the Earth's climate changes significantly. Glacier fluctuations are but one indication of this change. Glaciers are both an active component of the environmental system, regulating mountain streamflow, and a passive one, responding to climatic change. Thus, an understanding of the link between climate and glaciers is needed in order

A. G. Fountain; D. Trabant; M. M. Brugman; C. S. L. Ommanney; S. Monroe

1991-01-01

154

Methods of Measuring Glacier Change  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the 19th century measuring glacier change was limited to measuring the position of the glacier front, or terminus. By the mid 20th century, change measurements expanded to include aerial photogrammetry and field-based mass balance methods. The latter were typically based on stakes drilled into a glacier, against which snow accumulation and ice loss were measured. Knowing the density of

A. G. Fountain

2001-01-01

155

Denali Fault: Black Rapids Glacier  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

View eastward along Black Rapids Glacier. The Denali fault follows the trace of the glacier. These very large rockslides went a mile across the glacier on the right side. Investigations of the headwall of the middle landslide indicate a volume at least as large as that which fell, has dropped a mete...

2008-12-15

156

Iceland Glacier Recession 1973 to 2000, Glacier Terminus contrast emphasized  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This animation shows glacier recesion at the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland. The data from 1973 is taken from Landsat 1 and the 2000 data is from Landsat 7. The Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland has been measured by Landsat to be receding since 1973. The glacierologists in Iceland and here at Nasas Goddard Space Flight Center have measured the recession throughout the entire glacier and found different rates of recession in different areas. In genral, the glacier seems to be receding at about 2% annually. It is extremely controversial whether this recession is caused by global warming.

Perkins, Lori; Hall, Dorothy

2001-04-09

157

Change in longitudinal profile on three North Cascades glaciers during the last 100 years  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Centreline surface elevation longitudinal profiles have been completed for three different points in time from historic photographs (1900), US Geological Survey maps (1964 and 1985), and field measurements (annually between 1984 and the present) for three North Cascade glaciers. Comparison of thinning and terminus behaviour over this time period indicates substantial overall volume loss during this century for each glacier.Mean thickness changes along the longitudinal profile of Easton Glacier are losses of 46 m (0.68 m year-1) of ice thickness between 1916 and 1984 and 13 m (0.72 m year-1) between 1984 and 2002. Its terminus has retreated a net distance of 2123 m. Lower Curtis Glacier lost an average of 45 m (0.60 m year-1) thickness from 1908 to 1984 and 6 m (0.33 m year-1) from 1984 to 2002, with a net terminus retreat of 522 m. On Columbia Glacier, ice thickness loss was 57 m (0.78 m year-1) from 1911 to 1984 and 8 m (0.44 m year-1) from 1984 to 2002. The net terminus retreat for Columbia was 640 m. Thickness changes are approximately equal in the accumulation zone of the Columbia and Lower Curtis Glacier during the 20th century and from 1984 to 2002. This suggests that there is no position to which the glacier can retreat and achieve equilibrium. The changes on each glacier, which today average less than 75 m in thickness, represent the loss of 35-50% in their volume since the turn of the century, and 10-15% of this volume since 1984. Their ongoing thinning indicates that these three glaciers will continue to retreat in the foreseeable future, the Columbia Glacier likely disappearing. Long-term monitoring of these glaciers should continue in order to assess the impact on downstream flow, which is utilized for hydropower on Easton and Lower Curtis Glaciers and a salmon hatchery on Columbia Glacier.

Pelto, Mauri S.; Hartzell, Paula

2004-04-01

158

Greenland Glacier Albedo Variability  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA) is a NASA-funded project with the prime goal of addressing the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet. Since the formal initiation of the program in 1995, there has been a significant improvement in the estimates of the mass balance of the ice sheet. Results from this program reveal that the high-elevation regions of the ice sheet are approximately in balance, but the margins are thinning. Laser surveys reveal significant thinning along 70 percent of the ice sheet periphery below 2000 m elevations, and in at least one outlet glacier, Kangerdlugssuaq in southeast Greenland, thinning has been as much as 10 m/yr. This study examines the albedo variability in four outlet glaciers to help separate out the relative contributions of surface melting versus ice dynamics to the recent mass balance changes. Analysis of AVHRR Polar Pathfinder albedo shows that at the Petermann and Jakobshavn glaciers, there has been a negative trend in albedo at the glacier terminus from 1981 to 2000, whereas the Stor+strommen and Kangerdlugssuaq glaciers show slightly positive trends in albedo. These findings are consistent with recent observations of melt extent from passive microwave data which show more melt on the western side of Greenland and slightly less on the eastern side. Significance of albedo trends will depend on where and when the albedo changes occur. Since the majority of surface melt occurs in the shallow sloping western margin of the ice sheet where the shortwave radiation dominates the energy balance in summer (e.g. Jakobshavn region) this region will be more sensitive to changes in albedo than in regions where this is not the case. Near the Jakobshavn glacier, even larger changes in albedo have been observed, with decreases as much as 20 percent per decade.

2004-01-01

159

Northern Illinois University: Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Northern Illinois University offers illustrative summary of glaciers and glacial processes. The website provides a timeline of the glacial advances into Illinois. Students and educators can learn a few of the landscape features that scientists use to interpret geologic history. Users can learn how glaciers affected Illinois's topography and waterbodies. The site furnishes educational maps of Illinois's bedrock geology and shaded relief. The text is linked to a glossary to assist users with glacial terminology. While this website does concentrate on the state of Illinois, everyone can learn basic characteristics of glacial movements.

160

A Disintegrating Glacier  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Recent satellite images have revealed two new icebergs floating off the Antarctic coast. The icy behemoths are fragments of the Ninnis Glacier. This NASA fact sheet uses text and remotely sensed imagery to describe the events of January 2000, in which a large tongue of the Ninnis Galcier broke off and split into two gigantic icebergs. The breakup of the Ninnis Glacier Tongue has important implications regarding the Antarctic Ice Sheet's potential response to global climate change and its effect on global sea level. Links to other related sites are also included.

2000-12-06

161

Influences of Climate Warming and Facility Management on Continuous Permafrost at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt, Swiss Alps.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In many parts of the Alps, hazardous bedrock instabilities occur more often during the past 30 years. In many cases, permafrost degradation played a central role for instability (e.g. in 1987 the Val Pola rockslide, Italy). At other events, the role of permafrost degradation is more complex or unpredictable (e.g. in 1991 the Randa rockfall, Wallis, Swiss Alps). However, instabilities in perennially frozen bedrock may also be provoked by human influence. This is exemplarily shown at touristic facilities in the Alps. Human impact on permafrost is often underestimated, or even carelessly taken into account. The tourist resort Zermatt with more than 1.8 million overnight stays per year is located at 1600 m a.s.l. and is surrounded by high mountain ranges that often reach above 4000 m. The dry and sunny climate results in a high glacier equilibrium line thus leaving space for vast non-glaciated permafrost terrain. Numerous tourist facilities provide excellent logistics and easy access to permafrost sites, and the region is thus especially suitable for permafrost research. The infrastructure erected on permafrost consists of hotels, restaurants and mountain huts, station buildings of railways, funiculars, ski lifts and installations for artificial snowing the ski-runs. Some problems at these constructions due to permafrost degradation are shown. At the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise station at an altitude of 3820 meters, todays MAAT ranges between -6 °C and -8°C. During the construction of a tunnel in 1981 bedrock temperatures were at -12°C. Over the past 30 years, these bedrock temperatures have risen to -3 to -2°C, due to the heat brought into the tunnel by facilities and more than 490,000 visitors per year. In an elevator shaft, the temperature temporarily even rose above freezing point. Several new construction sites in continuous permafrost are described and new research data is presented. Another interesting site for permafrost and ice studies at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the glacier palace. Since summer 2011 this tourist attraction can be accessed via two elevators leading to an ice tunnel about 12 meters below the glaciers surface. Interesting thermal interactions exist between the permafrost bedrock that is in direct contact to the glacier ice. Great care has to be taken that there is no heat transfer from buildings to the glacier ice. Degradation of permafrost due to climatic change and human interference may become a serious threat to many installations of high mountain tourist centers. These facilities need appropriate management. Permafrost scientists may provide the necessary expertise for a proper hazard management.

King, Lorenz; Duishonakunov, Murataly; Imbery, Stephan

2014-05-01

162

Svalbard surging glacier landsystems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The percentage of Svalbard glaciers thought to be of surge-type is somewhere between 13-90% according to different sources variously based on statistical analysis and observations of diagnostic glaciological and geomorphological features, e.g. looped moraines. Developing a better understanding of which of these figures, if either, is most realistic is important in the context of glacier dynamics and related contributions of small glaciers and ice caps to sea level change in the immediate future. We present detailed geomorphological assessments of the margins of several known surge-type glaciers in Svalbard in order to update and improve the existing framework by which they are identified, and to provide a foundation for future reassessments of the surge-type glacier population based on distinct landform-sediment assemblages. Three landsystems are proposed: (1) Surges of small valley glaciers produce a prominent ice-cored latero-frontal moraine at their surge maximum and are characterised by an inner zone of ice stagnation terrain (hummocky topography, kettle lakes, debris flows) with no or only very few poorly-defined bedforms (crevasse squeeze ridges, eskers and flutes) and no recessional moraines. Many of these glaciers may have surged in the past but show no signs that they have the capability to do so again in the future. (2) Larger land-terminating glaciers, often with several tributaries, typically produce a push moraine complex which contains evidence for multiple advances, as identified from ridge-meltwater channel relationships. The inner zone often contains a large lagoon, partly dammed by the push moraine complex, and widespread ice stagnation terrain. Crevasse squeeze ridges, eskers and flutes are well-defined but small and limited in number and distribution. (3) Surges of large tidewater glaciers produce distinctive, often multi-generational, landform assemblages both in submarine and lateral terrestrial positions. The well-preserved submarine record is characterised by large cross-fjord push moraines of fjord floor sediments with lobe-shaped debris flows on their distal slope, glacial lineations, dense rhombohedral networks of crevasse squeeze ridges, and eskers. Annual push moraines associated with the quiescent phase are also observed and are unique to the submarine record. The terrestrial record consists of large lateral moraine systems alongside the fjord which contain outer push ridges composed of shallow marine sediments and an inner zone of ice stagnation terrain. Eskers, flutes and large, sharp-crested crevasse fill ridges in dense networks are superimposed on this inner zone; the latter are similar in character to their submarine counterparts but typically higher. We suggest that these three landsystems broadly characterise the geomorphology of the vast majority of known Svalbard surge-type glaciers and may allow previously unknown surge-type glaciers to be identified, both in the field and from aerial photographs and sea floor imagery.

Lovell, Harold; Benn, Douglas; Lukas, Sven; Flink, Anne

2014-05-01

163

Variable glacier response to atmospheric warming, northern Antarctic Peninsula, 1988-2009  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The northern Antarctic Peninsula has recently exhibited ice-shelf disintegration, glacier recession and acceleration. However, the dynamic response of land-terminating, ice-shelf tributary and tidewater glaciers has not yet been quantified or assessed for variability, and there are sparse data for glacier classification, morphology, area, length or altitude. This paper firstly classifies the area, length, altitude, slope, aspect, geomorphology, type and hypsometry of 194 glaciers on Trinity Peninsula, Vega Island and James Ross Island in 2009 AD. Secondly, this paper documents glacier change 1988-2009. In 2009, the glacierised area was 8140±262 km2. From 1988-2001, 90% of glaciers receded, and from 2001-2009, 79% receded. This equates to an area change of -4.4% for Trinity Peninsula eastern coast glaciers, -0.6% for western coast glaciers, and -35.0% for ice-shelf tributary glaciers from 1988-2001. Tidewater glaciers on the drier, cooler eastern Trinity Peninsula experienced fastest shrinkage from 1988-2001, with limited frontal change after 2001. Glaciers on the western Trinity Peninsula shrank less than those on the east. Land-terminating glaciers on James Ross Island shrank fastest in the period 1988-2001. This east-west difference is largely a result of orographic temperature and precipitation gradients across the Antarctic Peninsula, with warming temperatures affecting the precipitation-starved glaciers on the eastern coast more than on the western coast. Reduced shrinkage on the western Peninsula may be a result of higher snowfall, perhaps in conjunction with the fact that these glaciers are mostly grounded. Rates of area loss on the eastern side of Trinity Peninsula are slowing, which we attribute to the floating ice tongues receding into the fjords and reaching a new dynamic equilibrium. The rapid shrinkage of tidewater glaciers on James Ross Island is likely to continue because of their low elevations and flat profiles. In contrast, the higher and steeper tidewater glaciers on the eastern Antarctic Peninsula will attain more stable frontal positions after low-lying ablation areas are removed, reaching equilibrium more quickly.

Davies, B. J.; Carrivick, J. L.; Glasser, N. F.; Hambrey, M. J.; Smellie, J. L.

2012-09-01

164

Sorption equilibrium isotherms for volatile organics in aqueous solution: Comparison of head-space gas chromatography and on-line UV stirred cell results  

Microsoft Academic Search

Sorption equilibrium isotherms from aqueous solution of benzene, toluene, chlorobenzene, p-xylene, carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene, and chloroform for various sorbents have been measured by two independent techniques: head-space gas chromatography (HSGC) and a stirred cell with on-line UV detection. Isotherms obtained by each technique showed close agreement at all concentrations. Isotherms are presented for XAD4, XAD2, AC-F400, and solid poly(styrene\\/divinylbenzene) copolymer

Edward J. Simpson; Ramzi K. Abukhadra; William J. Koros; Robert S. Schechter

1993-01-01

165

Glacier Goo Erosion Experiments  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Using a glacier proxy, students design an experiment to connect glacial erosion with glacial flow. Students choose from a variety of materials, determined what question they want their experiment or experiments to answer, design the procedure, test the experiment, and write up a lab report on the experiment.

Rachel Headley

166

Gifts of the Glaciers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This website highlights the glacial formation of the Great Lakes: - Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. This site provides photos and descriptions of the lakes and how they formed by the glaciers thousands of years ago.

Wittman, Stephen

1998-04-01

167

Alaska Glaciers and Rivers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image on October 7, 2007, showing the Alaska Mountains of south-central Alaska already coated with snow. Purple shadows hang in the lee of the peaks, giving the snow-clad land a crumpled appearance. White gives way to brown on the right side of the image where the mountains yield to the lower-elevation Susitna River Valley. The river itself cuts a silver, winding path through deep green forests and brown wetlands and tundra. Extending from the river valley, are smaller rivers that originated in the Alaska Mountains. The source of these rivers is evident in the image. Smooth white tongues of ice extend into the river valleys, the remnants of the glaciers that carved the valleys into the land. Most of the water flowing into the Gulf of Alaska from the Susitna River comes from these mountain glaciers. Glacier melt also feeds glacier lakes, only one of which is large enough to be visible in this image. Immediately left of the Kahiltna River, the aquamarine waters of Chelatna Lake stand out starkly against the brown and white landscape.

2007-01-01

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Glaciers and Glaciation  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site contains lecture notes to accompany one chapter/lecture of a physical geology course using the text, The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 4th Edition, by Brian J. Skinner and Stephen C. Porter. Subtopics include glaciers, glacial deposits, glacial features, glaciation, and glacial ages.

Nelson, Stephen

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Taking a Glacier's Pulse  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article profiles Dr. Leigh Stearns, a research scientist with the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) and Assistant Professor in Geology at the University of Kansas who studies glaciers in Greenland.

Landis, Carol

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Timing of glacier advances and climate in the High Tatra Mountains (Western Carpathians) during the Last Glacial Maximum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

During the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), long valley glaciers developed on the northern and southern sides of the High Tatra Mountains, Poland and Slovakia. Chlorine-36 exposure dating of moraine boulders suggests two major phases of moraine stabilization, at 26-21 ka (LGM I - maximum) and at 18 ka (LGM II). The dates suggest a significantly earlier maximum advance on the southern side of the range. Reconstructing the geometry of four glaciers in the Sucha Woda, Pa?szczyca, Mlynicka and Velicka valleys allowed determining their equilibrium-line altitudes (ELAs) at 1460, 1460, 1650 and 1700 m asl, respectively. Based on a positive degree-day model, the mass balance and climatic parameter anomaly (temperature and precipitation) has been constrained for LGM I advance. Modeling results indicate slightly different conditions between northern and southern slopes. The N-S ELA gradient finds confirmation in slightly higher temperature (at least 1 °C) or lower precipitation (15%) on the south-facing glaciers during LGM I. The precipitation distribution over the High Tatra Mountains indicates potentially different LGM atmospheric circulation than at the present day, with reduced northwesterly inflow and increased southerly and westerly inflows of moist air masses.

Makos, Micha?; Dzier?ek, Jan; Nitychoruk, Jerzy; Zreda, Marek

2014-07-01

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The Lateglacial to Holocene transition as recorded by glacier fluctuations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Examination of glacier associated records may contribute to a better understanding of the ice-continent-ocean-atmosphere interactions, since glacial deposits related to short-term temperature fluctuations, driven by climate change, might be preserved. Surface exposure dating (SED) of such glacial deposits can improve the chronology of climate records. The western Swiss Alps repeatedly hosted mountain glaciers during the Pleistocene, and even during the Last Glacial-Interglacial transition, with abundant stadial and interstadial transitions during the Lateglacial (e.g. Björck et al. 1998). In this study, the adjacent valleys of Belalp and Great Aletsch (catchment area is generally south facing) in the western Swiss Alps are investigated. The slow responding Great Aletsch valley glacier shows only one confirmed moraine ridge related to the Lateglacial (Egesen stadial) (Kelly et al. 2004). However, the rather fast responding Unnerbäch cirque (recent) glacier at the Belalp (a similarly exposed - and tributary - valley to the Great Aletsch valley), features 6 individual lateral-terminal moraine ridges related to Lateglacial and early Holocene times. In the Belalp valley, 22 erratic boulders from four out of six well-preserved moraines were sampled in order to establish a detailed chronological framework. From the Great Aletsch valley four samples (boulder and ice moulded bedrock) of the lateral moraine were collected for SED. Our 10Be exposure dates suggest a stabilization of the Great Aletsch moraine related to the Egesen advance in the beginning of the Younger Dryas, assuming that the ages of the oldest erratic boulders on a single moraine ridge are representative for the time of moraine stabilization (Putkonen & Swanson, 2003). According to our investigations on the right-lateral moraine and the dataset (recalculated from Kelly et al. 2004) for the left-lateral moraine, the Egesen stadial is the first preserved re-advance after the last deglaciation. In contrast, the glacier at the Belalp shows multiple advances during the Lateglacial to early Holocene. 10Be exposure age data suggest that the outer moraine ridge can be an advance older than the Egesen stadial and younger than the LGM. This is in concert with other Younger Dryas related glacial landsystems in Switzerland (reviewing the outer moraine ages e.g. Julier Pass, Ivy-Ochs et al. 1996, 2008). A large number of Lateglacial moraines have been identified and relative correlations on the basis of elevation, equilibrium line altitude (Gross et al. 1977; Maisch, 1987) and morphological characteristics have been established. Nevertheless, it remains important to refine the absolute chronology in order to put further temporal constraints on these relative frameworks. This allows the allocation of such absolutely dated deposits to distinguished cold phases (Preboreal oscillation, Younger Dryas, Aegelsee oscillation) thus underlining their potential significance in the context of regional, as well as global Lateglacial climate conditions. The 10Be exposure ages from an inner moraine ridge are in a good agreement with the recalculated previously published 10Be exposure ages from the Egesen moraines in the Alps. This suggests a synchronicity of the Egesen stadial in the European Alps at the end of the Younger Dryas cold phase. REFERENCES Björck, S., Walker, M. J.C., Cwynar, L.C., Johnson, S., Knudsen, K-L., Lowe, J. J. & Wohlfarth, B. (1998): An event stratigraphy for the Last Termination in the North Atlantic region based on the Greenland ice-core record: a proposal by the INTIMATE group. Journal of Quarternary Science, 13, 283-292. Gross, G., Kerschner, H. & Patzelt, G. (1977): Methodische Untersuchungen über die Schneegrenze in alpinen Gletschergebieten. Zeitschrift für Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie, 12, 223-251. Ivy-Ochs, S., Kerschner, H., Reuther, A., Preusser, F., Heine, K., Maisch, M., Kubik, P.W. & Schlüchter, C. (2008): Chronology of the last glacial cycle in the European Alps. Journal of Quaternary Science, 23, 559-573. Ivy-Ochs, S., Schlü

Schindelwig, I.; Akçar, N.; Kubik, P. W.; Schlüchter, C.

2009-04-01

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Controlling mechanisms of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ice shelves play a major role in the stability of fast flowing ice streams in Antarctica, by exerting buttressing on inland ice and controlling the discharge of ice into the ocean. However, the mechanisms at work remain poorly understood and interactions between floating and grounded ice need to be better characterized in order to estimate the impact of climate change on the ice sheets. Thwaites glacier, in West Antarctica, features a small and heavily fractured ice shelf that provides limited back stress pressure on inland ice but is pinned on the eastern part on a prominent ridge. Thwaites glacier has maintained a consistently high velocity and negative mass balance for at least 20 years. Recent observations show a widening of its fast flowing area as well as a sustained acceleration since 2006 and a rapid retreat of its grounding line in the center of the glacier. The objective of this work is to characterize the dynamic response of Thwaites glacier to changes in its floating tongue on decadal to centennial time scales. To achieve this objective, we rely on high resolution ice flow modeling and grounding line dynamics using the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM). We will focus on the complex interplay between the main floating tongue of Thwaites Glacier and its eastern, slow moving ice shelf, which is pinned down by an ice rumple. The speed of the eastern ice shelf is strongly affected by the coupling with the main floating ice tongue, which results in significant fluctuations in speed of the eastern ice shelf the formation of ice shelf cracks at the grounding line during acceleration phases. Our results show that ice rigidity at the junction between the eastern and western part of the shelf controls the dynamic regime of the ice shelf and suggest that Thwaites Glacier is likely to undergo substantial changes in the coming decades. This work was performed at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California Irvine under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cryospheric Sciences and Modeling, Analysis and Prediction Programs

Seroussi, H. L.; Morlighem, M.; Rignot, E. J.; Larour, E. Y.; Mouginot, J.; Khazendar, A.

2013-12-01

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Remote sensing and GIS techniques for assessing decadal glacier changes in the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There is urgency in developing and testing remote sensing tools for developing extensive glacier datasets in high altitude areas of the Himalayas. Detailed information about glacier parameters is missing in many areas of the Himalayas, limiting our understanding of glacier fluctuations in this area. One of the biggest challenges in glacier mapping from spaceborne imagery is the delineation of debris-covered glacial tongues. The high Himalayas provide interesting challenges and unique opportunities for testing glacier mapping algorithms including debris cover. This research exploits the potential of visible, infrared and thermal ASTER data combined with SRTM elevation datasets for mapping glacier parameters (glacier area, elevations and snow lines) in the Himalayas. Multi-spectral classification techniques (ASTER ¾ band ratios and normalized differences NDSI and NDVI), single band thresholds, topographic characteristics (elevation and slope) and thermal information were combined in a decision tree to map clean ice and debris-covered ice. Snow lines were mapped from ASTER imagery acquired at the end of the ablation season, with instrument gains suitable for snow and ice. Ground control points (GCPs) collected in the field were used to assess the accuracy of the remote sensing-derived elevations. Changes in glacier parameters were derived by comparison with glacier datasets from older topographic maps and were linked with changes in climate parameters (precipitation and temperature).

Racoviteanu, A.

2009-04-01

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New climate change scenarios reveal uncertain future for Central Asian glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Central Asian water resources largely depend on (glacier) melt water generated in the Pamir and Tien Shan mountain ranges, located in the basins of the Amu and Syr Darya rivers, important life lines in Central Asia and the prominent water source of the Aral Sea. To estimate future water availability in the region, it is thus necessary to project the future glacier extent and volume in the Amu and Syr Darya river basins. The aim of this study is to quantify the impact of uncertainty in climate change projections on the future glacier extent in the Amu and Syr Darya river basins. The latest climate change projections provided by the fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) generated for the upcoming fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are used to model future glacier extent in the Central Asian region for the two large river basins. The outcomes are compared to model results obtained with the climate change projections used for the fourth IPCC assessment (CMIP3). We use a regionalized glacier mass balance model to estimate changes in glacier extent as a function of glacier size and projections of temperature and precipitation. The model is developed for implementation in (large scale) hydrological models, when the spatial model resolution does not allow for modelling of individual glaciers and data scarcity is an issue. Both CMIP3 and CMIP5 model simulations point towards a strong decline in glacier extent in Central Asia. However, compared to the CMIP3 projections, the CMIP5 projections of future glacier extent in Central Asia provide a wider range of outcomes, mostly owing to greater variability in precipitation projections among the latest suite of climate models. These findings have great impact on projections of the timing and quantity of water availability in glacier melt dominated rivers in the region. Uncertainty about the size of the decline in glacier extent remains large, making estimates of future Central Asian glacier extent and downstream water availability uncertain.

Lutz, A. F.; Immerzeel, W. W.; Gobiet, A.; Pellicciotti, F.; Bierkens, M. F. P.

2012-11-01

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Glacier volume changes using ASTER optical stereo. A test study in Eastern Svalbard  

Microsoft Academic Search

Currently, one of the major methodological gaps in the observation of glaciers from space is the measurement of volume changes of mountain glaciers and small ice caps. Here, we present a case study of comparing a photogrammetric digital elevation model derived from ASTER satellite optical stereo to contour lines from a topographic map from the 1970s. For two small ice

Andreas Kääb

2007-01-01

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Morphology, sedimentology and stratigraphic implication of debris-covered glacier deposits from the LGM and Lateglacial (Eastern Alps, Austria)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Understanding the genesis of Quaternary sediments is crucial for establishing a climato-stratigraphy and, further on, to infer paleoclimatic conditions, if possible. Especially diamictons in the high-mountain environment may be formed by variety of processes, i.e. glacial, periglacial and gravitational. On the other hand, the interpretation of morphological features might be ambiguous as for example ridges may document latero-frontal dump moraines, flow of a rock avalanche event or constituents of a rock-glacier. In addition, equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs) of paleo-glaciers are mostly based on calculations using the reconstructed glacier size and applying a more or less fixed accumulation area ration (e.g. AAR - method). However, such ELAs are of no use for stratigraphic correlations and climatic considerations, if the former glacial system was strongly influenced by supraglacial debris deriving from steep back walls of cirques. We present two examples of reconstructed debris-covered or more specifically debris-mantled paleo-glaciers, their geological and morphological setting as well as their documented sedimentology and morphology. The first example is from the easternmost part of the European Alps (Northern Calcareous Alps / Schneeberg mountains / Puchberg) where an up to 60 m high moraine systems of LGM age shows some striking morphological similarities with relict rock glacier. However, based especially on lithofacies analyses as well as on the lithology of the matrix a glacial genesis could be proven. Lateglacial glacier deposits from the interior of the Alps (Lienz Dolomites / area of Karlsbader Hütte) display a quite similar glacial system. The geometry of the deposits in relation to proglacial sturzstrom sediments, showing typical indications of dynamic fragmentation, and the amount of angular, passively transported clasts in the till point to a rock avalanche event which had hit the glacier surface during a glacier advance. As the glacial system shows the morphostratigraphic characteristics of Younger Dryas (Egesen) stadial with multiple, sharp crested moraine ridges (e.g. Ivy-Ochs et al. 2008), the unusual large glacier extent is due to the rock avalanche debris cover and its insulating effect. In both cases the maximum elevation of lateral moraines (MELM - method) gave the most reliable estimates of ELAs with reconstructed low AARs of around 0.5 compared to the standard assumption for Lateglacial glaciers with a ratio around 0.65. Thus, stratigraphic correlations of moraines should be done not until morphological features and lithofacies have been analyzed considering the whole geological setting. Ivy-Ochs, S., Kerschner, H., Reuther, A., Preusser, F., Heine, K., Maisch, M., Kubik, P.W. and Ch. Schlüchter (2008):Chronology of the last glacial cycle in the Northern European Alps. Journal of Quaternary Science 23(6-7), 559-573.

Reitner, Jürgen M.; Seidl, Sabrina; Wagreich, Michael

2013-04-01

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Mt. Kilimanjaro's Receding Glaciers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the highest point in all Africa, was photographed by the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-97 on December 2, 2000 (STS097-701-17). Kilimanjaro (Kilima Njaro or 'shining mountain' in Swahili) is capped by glaciers on its southern and southwestern flanks. The glaciers and snow cap covered a far greater area ten years prior to the view above. Compare the photograph above with a photograph of Kilimanjaro taken in November 1990 by the Space Shuttle mission STS-38 crew. Shuttle photograph provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. Additional photographs taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed via the NASA - JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

2002-01-01

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Glacier-specific elevation changes in western Alaska  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Deriving glacier-specific elevation changes from DEM differencing and digital glacier outlines is rather straight-forward if the required datasets are available. Calculating such changes over large regions and including glaciers selected for mass balance measurements in the field, provides a possibility to determine the representativeness of the changes observed at these glaciers for the entire region. The related comparison of DEM-derived values for these glaciers with the overall mean avoids the rather error-prone conversion of volume to mass changes (e.g. due to unknown densities) and gives unit-less correction factors for upscaling the field measurements to a larger region. However, several issues have to be carefully considered, such as proper co-registration of the two DEMs, date and accuracy of the datasets compared, as well as source data used for DEM creation and potential artefacts (e.g. voids). In this contribution we present an assessment of the representativeness of the two mass balance glaciers Gulkana and Wolverine for the overall changes of nearly 3200 glaciers in western Alaska over a ca. 50-year time period. We use an elevation change dataset from a study by Berthier et al. (2010) that was derived from the USGS DEM of the 1960s (NED) and a more recent DEM derived from SPOT5 data for the SPIRIT project. Additionally, the ASTER GDEM was used as a more recent DEM. Historic glacier outlines were taken from the USGS digital line graph (DLG) dataset, corrected with the digital raster graph (DRG) maps from USGS. Mean glacier specific elevation changes were derived based on drainage divides from a recently created inventory. Land-terminating, lake-calving and tidewater glaciers were marked in the attribute table to determine their changes separately. We also investigated the impact of handling potential DEM artifacts in three different ways and compared elevation changes with altitude. The mean elevation changes of Gulkana and Wolverine glaciers (about -0.65 m / year) are very similar to the mean of the lake-calving and tidewater glaciers (about -0.6 m / year), but much more negative than for the land-terminating glaciers (about -0.24 m / year). The two mass balance glaciers are thus well representative for the entire region, but not for their own class. The different ways of considering positive elevation changes (e.g. setting them to zero or no data) influence the total values, but has otherwise little impact on the results (e.g. the correction factors are similar). The massive elevation loss of Columbia Glacier (-2.8 m / year) is exceptional and strongly influences the statistics when area-weighting is used to determine the regional mean. For the entire region this method yields more negative values for land-terminating and tidewater glaciers than the arithmetically averaged values, but for the lake-calving glaciers both are about the same.

Paul, Frank; Le Bris, Raymond

2013-04-01

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Icefall on the Lambert Glacier  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Lambert Glacier in Antarctica is the world's largest glacier. The focal point of this image is an icefall that feeds into the Lambert glacier from the vast ice sheet covering the polar plateau. Ice flows like water, albeit much more slowly. Cracks can be seen in this icefall as it bends and twists on its slow-motion descent 1300 feet (400 meters) to the glacier below. This image was acquired by Landsat 7's Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on December 2, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using infrared, red, and green wavelengths. The image has also been sharpened using the sensor's panchromatic band.

2002-01-01

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Secular glacier mass balances derived from cumulative glacier length changes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glacier mass changes are considered to represent natural key variables with respect to strategies for early detection of enhanced greenhouse effects on climate. The main problem, however, with interpreting worldwide glacier mass balance evolution concerns the question of representativity. One important key to deal with such uncertainties and to assess the spatio-temporal representativity of the few available measurements is the

M. Hoelzle; W. Haeberli; M. Dischl; W. Peschke

2003-01-01

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Listening to Glaciers: Passive hydroacoustics near marine-terminating glaciers  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The catastrophic breakup of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea in 2002 paints a vivid portrait of the effects of glacier-climate interactions. This event, along with other unexpected episodes of rapid mass loss from marine-terminating glaciers (i.e., tidewater glaciers, outlet glaciers, ice streams, ice shelves) sparked intensified study of the boundaries where marine-terminating glaciers interact with the ocean. These dynamic and dangerous boundaries require creative methods of observation and measurement. Toward this effort, we take advantage of the exceptional sound-propagating properties of seawater to record and interpret sounds generated at these glacial ice-ocean boundaries from distances safe for instrument deployment and operation.

Pettit, E.C.; Nystuen, J.A.; O'Neel, Shad

2012-01-01

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ASTER Image of Gangotri Glacier  

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Sept 9, 2001 ASTER image showing the position of the terminus of Gangotri Glacier, India, between 1780 and 2001. Image from Jesse Allen, NASA's Earth Observatory. Glacier retreat boundaries courtesy of the U.S. Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center...

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Chernobyl fallout on Alpine glaciers  

SciTech Connect

Measurements of the gross beta activity of snow samples from four Alpine glaciers contaminated by radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident and a gamma-spectrum analysis of selected samples are reported. The results are discussed with respect to possible risks to the population from using meltwater from these glaciers as drinking water.

Ambach, W.; Rehwald, W.; Blumthaler, M.; Eisner, H.; Brunner, P.

1989-01-01

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1, 1739, 2007 Glacier balance  

E-print Network

TCD 1, 17­39, 2007 Glacier balance measurement, forecasting M. S. Pelto Title Page Abstract The Cryosphere Discussions is the access reviewed discussion forum of The Cryosphere Glacier annual balance balance measurement, forecasting M. S. Pelto Title Page Abstract Introduction Conclusions References

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Pine Island Glacier Calving (WMS)  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Pine Island Glacier is the largest discharger of ice in Antarctica and the continents fastest moving glacier. Even so, when a large crack formed across the glacier in mid 2000, it was surprising how fast the crack expanded, 15 meters per day, and how soon the resulting iceberg broke off, mid-November, 2001. This iceberg, called B-21, is 42 kilometers by 17 kilometers and contains seven years of glacier outflow released to the sea in a single event. This series of images from the MISR instrument on the Terra satellite not only shows the crack expanding and the iceberg breakoff, but the seaward moving glacial flow in the parts of the Pine Island Glacier upstream of the crack.

Perkins, Lori; Mitchell, Horace; Bindschadler, Bob; Diner, Dave

2005-03-09

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Contribution of SAR interferometry (InSAR) to the study of alpine glaciers. The example of Forni Glacier (Central Alps, Italy): preliminary results  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aiming at reconstructing superficial velocity and volumetric variations of alpine glaciers, SAR interferometry (InSAR) technique is, for the first time in Italy, applied jointly with the glaciological classic field methods. This methodology with its quantitative results provides, together with other space geodesy techniques like GPS, some fundamental elements for the estimation of the climate forcing and the evaluation of the future glacier trend. InSAR is usually applied to antarctic glaciers and to other wide extralpine glaciers, detectable by the SAR orbits; in the Italian Alps, the limited surface area of the glaciers and the deformation of radar images due to strong relief effect, reduce the applicability of this tecnique. The chosen glacier is suitable for this kind of study both for its large size and for the many field data collected and available for the interferometric results validation. Forni Glacier is the largest valley glacier in the Italian Alps and represents a good example of long term monitoring of a valley glacier in the Central Alps. It is a north facing valley glacier formed by 3 ice streams, located in Italian Lombardy Alps (46 23 50 N, 10 35 00 E). In 2002 its area was approximately 13 km2, extending from 2500 to 3684 m a.s.l., with a maximum width of approximately 7500 m and a maximum length of about 5000 m. Available data include mass-balance measurements on the glacier tongue (from the hydrological year 1992-1993 up to now), frontal variations data from 1925 up to now, topographical profiling by means of GPS techniques and profiles of the glacier bed by geoelectrical surveys (VES) (Guglielmin et alii, 1995) and by seismic surveys (Merlanti et alii, 2001). In order to apply radar interferometry on this glacier eight ERS SAR RAW images have been purchased, in addition to the Digital Elevation Model from IGM (Geographic Military Institute), and repeat pass interferometry used. Combining the different passes, differential interferograms are computed and velocity map obtained. The validation of interferometric data was possible comparing them with the field glaciological data obtained by GPS velocity surveys in the years 1992-1993 (Vittuari and Smiraglia, unpublished) and 1996-1997, which resulted of about 20m/y. The InSAR results give further contributions in the estimation of the velocity field of Forni Glacier for a deeper understanding of the different flow lines of the glacier. Problems related to relief effect, loss of coherence, geometry of satellite imagery and geocoding, are also discussed.

Sterzai, P.; Mancini, F.; Corazzato, C.; D Agata, C.; Diolaiuti, G.

2003-04-01

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Malaspina Glacier, Alaska  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite covers an area of 55 by 40 kilometers (34 by 25 miles) over the southwest part of the Malaspina Glacier and Icy Bay in Alaska. The composite of infrared and visible bands results in the snow and ice appearing light blue, dense vegetation is yellow-orange and green, and less vegetated, gravelly areas are in orange. According to Dr. Dennis Trabant (U.S. Geological Survey, Fairbanks, Alaska), the Malaspina Glacier is thinning. Its terminal moraine protects it from contact with the open ocean; without the moraine, or if sea level rises sufficiently to reconnect the glacier with the ocean, the glacier would start calving and retreat significantly. ASTER data are being used to help monitor the size and movement of some 15,000 tidal and piedmont glaciers in Alaska. Evidence derived from ASTER and many other satellite and ground-based measurements suggests that only a few dozen Alaskan glaciers are advancing. The overwhelming majority of them are retreating.

This ASTER image was acquired on June 8, 2001. With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region, and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER will image Earth for the next six years to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet.

ASTER is one of five Earth-observing instruments launched December 18,1999, on NASA's Terra satellite. The instrument was built by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. A joint U.S./Japan science team is responsible for validation and calibration of the instrument and the data products. Dr. Anne Kahle at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is the U.S. science team leader; Bjorn Eng of JPL is the project manager. ASTER is the only high-resolution imaging sensor on Terra. The Terra mission is part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, along-term research and technology program designed to examine Earth's land, oceans, atmosphere, ice and life as a total integrated system.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER will provide scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping, and monitoring dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications are: monitoring glacial advances and retreats; monitoring potentially active volcanoes; identifying crop stress; determining cloud morphology and physical properties; wetlands evaluation; thermal pollution monitoring; coral reef degradation; surface temperature mapping of soils and geology; and measuring surface heat balance.

Size: 55 by 40 kilometers (34 by 25 miles) Location: 60.0 degrees North latitude, 140.7 degrees West longitude Orientation: North at top Image Data: ASTER bands 2, 3 and 4 Original Data Resolution: 15 meters (49 feet) Date Acquired: June 8, 2001

2001-01-01

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Latitudinal variation of sedimentation and erosion rates from Patagonia and Antarctic Peninsula tidewater glaciers (46°-65° S)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present the results of the study of tidewater glacier depositional basins, across a broad latitudinal transect from central Patagonia (46°S) to the Antarctic Peninsula (65°S). Based on sediment cores and seismic records, we estimate accumulation rates at several timescales as well as sediment-volume derived erosion rates (Er) for millennial time scales. In the Antarctic Peninsula, accumulation rates are ~100 mm/yr for centennial and millennial timescales. In Patagonia, proximal basins are in general well isolated and have short timescale (decadal-centennial) sedimentary records and high accumulation rates, whereas medial (more distal) basins have millennial scale sedimentary records and low accumulation rates. We hypothesize that the "Saddler effect" in the accumulation rates of the Patagonian study areas exists because Neoglacial advance and recent post-Little Ice Age retreat has left well isolated proximal basins that effectively trap sediments. This, along with high sediment yields, produces high decadal accumulation rates. There is no such organization of basins in the Antarctic Peninsula fjords and bays and no such clear manifestation of Neoglacial advances or morphologies. Erosion rates span two orders of magnitude from 0.03 mm/yr for Lapeyrère Bay at Anvers Island, Antarctica (~64.5°S), to 1.09 mm/yr for San Rafael Glacier in northern Patagonia (~46.5°S). Rates for Antarctic Peninsula glaciers are in general lower than those of temperate Patagonian glaciers. A good correlation of erosion rates and modern sea level annual temperature was found. A latitudinal decrease in millennial erosion rates is interpreted as a result of decreasing annual temperature although decreasing annual precipitation may also be a factor. However, local variability within each region might be influenced by differences in bedrock geology (e.g. Herbert Sound versus Lapeyrère and Andvord bays ) and drainage basin morphology (hypsometry, number of glaciers and length of overall calving front, topography). Particularly, the interplay between equilibrium line altitude and glacier hypsometry, which influences mass balance and glacier dynamics, seems to have a strong effect on the erosion capability of glaciers (e.g. Europa versus San Rafael and Marinelli glaciers). Erosion rates on the Antarctic Peninsula, based on the volumes of sediments delivered to the continental shelf and rise, are, for the last 9.5 Myr, between 0.07 and 0.12 mm/yr and did not vary significantly between 2.9-9.5 Ma. These values are similar to those obtained for millennial scale (Holocene) erosion rates at Andvord and Lapeyrère bays, suggesting that long-term erosion rates have not varied significantly in this region through geologic time. In addition, old (Miocene and older) thermochronology ages have been obtained for the Antarctic Peninsula. Thus, we suggest that long-term glacial cover in cold regions hinders erosion, preserving morphological features and allowing mountain growth through tectonic processes.

Fernandez-Vasquez, R. A.; Anderson, J. B.; Wellner, J. S.; Minzoni, R. L.

2012-12-01

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Greenland marine-terminating glacier area changes: 20002010 Jason E. BOX,1,2  

E-print Network

-terminating glacier outlets are measured in consecutive annual end-of-melt-season Moderate Resolution Imaging by a multi-year dynamic response that includes thinning-induced inland grounding-line migra- tion

Box, Jason E.

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Ice-proximal sediment dynamics and their effect on the stability of Muir Glacier, Alaska: A case study of non-climatic glacier response  

SciTech Connect

Recent studies have shown that water depth at tidewater termini affect calving rates and, therefore, glacier mass balance and terminus stability. Grounding-line water depths are themselves governed by glacial and marine processes that interact during the formation of morainal bank depocenters. These morainal banks can fluctuate 10s of meters in height within an interval of a few weeks. Recent investigations in Glacier Bay have focused on quantitatively assessing sediment budgets in the ice-proximal environment. The monitoring of morainal banks in upper Muir Inlet has included repeated bathymetric mapping, sediment trap studies, bottom grab sampling, glacier and iceberg sampling, and submersible ROV investigations within 1 km of the terminus. Such relationships are important in interpreting recent changes in the dynamics of Muir Glacier where a century of retreat has been succeeded by quasi stability. The new glacier regime has accompanied basin infilling from approximately 100 m depth to a maximum of 52 m at the grounding line. Two large grounding-line fans have aggraded to deltas and reduced the length of the calving margin from 900 m to 290 m wide. These effects have reduced the ice flow velocities by 45%. Annual morainal bank growth ranged from 10[sup 6] to 10[sup 7] m[sup 3] and is the result of glacifluvial dumping, suspension settling from turbid overflow plumes, debris dumping from ice-cliff and iceberg melting, glacier squeezing and pushing of morainal bank sediment, and sediment gravity flow processes. Each of these processes are an integral facet of the morainal bank dynamics and glacier response. These studies of Muir Glacier indicate that glacier response to sediment dynamics need to be addresses before climatic implications are made.

Hunter, L.E.; Powell, R.D. (Northern Illinois Univ., Dekalb, IL (United States). Dept. of Geology)

1992-01-01

191

Mass balance model parameter transferability on a tropical glacier  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The mass balance and melt water production of glaciers is of particular interest in the Peruvian Andes where glacier melt water has markedly increased water supply during the pronounced dry seasons in recent decades. However, the melt water contribution from glaciers is projected to decrease with appreciable negative impacts on the local society within the coming decades. Understanding mass balance processes on tropical glaciers is a prerequisite for modeling present and future glacier runoff. As a first step towards this aim we applied a process-based surface mass balance model in order to calculate observed ablation at two stakes in the ablation zone of Shallap Glacier (4800 m a.s.l., 9°S) in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Under the tropical climate, the snow line migrates very frequently across most of the ablation zone all year round causing large temporal and spatial variations of glacier surface conditions and related ablation. Consequently, pronounced differences between the two chosen stakes and the two years were observed. Hourly records of temperature, humidity, wind speed, short wave incoming radiation, and precipitation are available from an automatic weather station (AWS) on the moraine near the glacier for the hydrological years 2006/07 and 2007/08 while stake readings are available at intervals of between 14 to 64 days. To optimize model parameters, we used 1000 model simulations in which the most sensitive model parameters were varied randomly within their physically meaningful ranges. The modeled surface height change was evaluated against the two stake locations in the lower ablation zone (SH11, 4760m) and in the upper ablation zone (SH22, 4816m), respectively. The optimal parameter set for each point achieved good model skill but if we transfer the best parameter combination from one stake site to the other stake site model errors increases significantly. The same happens if we optimize the model parameters for each year individually and transfer these combinations to the other year. We show that multi-site and multi-year analyses are crucial before extrapolating ablation modeling to larger glacier areas. So far tested surface albedo schemes and respective parameterizations can obviously not satisfyingly reproduce the dynamics of glacier surface conditions at our study site and new solutions to the problem have to be explored.

Gurgiser, Wolfgang; Mölg, Thomas; Nicholson, Lindsey; Kaser, Georg

2013-04-01

192

Characterisation of glacier facies with the Airborne Thematic Mapper  

Microsoft Academic Search

Here we present preliminary work using multispectral imagery from the Airborne Thematic Mapper (ATM) to build a classification scheme for surface zones of arctic glaciers and icecaps constrained by recently collected data. Previous studies of snow spectral response indicates that the ATM's spectral and spatial resolution will allow for sensitivity in measuring the important but elusive firn line. In design,

A. Pope; G. Rees

2010-01-01

193

Characterisation of glacier facies with the Airborne Thematic Mapper  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Here we present preliminary work using multispectral imagery from the Airborne Thematic Mapper (ATM) to build a classification scheme for surface zones of arctic glaciers and icecaps constrained by recently collected data. Previous studies of snow spectral response indicates that the ATM’s spectral and spatial resolution will allow for sensitivity in measuring the important but elusive firn line. In design, the ATM is similar to Landsat’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper but with key improvements to spatial (potential submeter vs. 30 m) and spectral (a near infrared band 0.91-1.05 ?m) resolution. Published studies have used Landsat imagery and methods such as spectral band ratios, normalized indices, thresholding, principle component analysis, unsupervised classifications, supervised classification, and spectral mixing analysis to classify glacier surfaces. This research builds on these promising techniques with the application of new ATM data and potentially the integration of associated surface elevation data where appropriate with the goal of successfully and reliably identifying the extent of major glacier facies. Compounding the already problematic issue of snow facies distinction, most published classification schemes suffer from a lack of reliable ground-truth to confirm identification of glacier facies based solely on remotely sensed data. Therefore, in addition to previously collected ATM data, associated fieldwork to Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard was conducted during August 2010. The work presented here uses the collected in situ surface reflectance data to inform interpretation of ISODATA classification schemes, will provide end member points for spectral mixing studies, and gives a starting point from which to develop useful analysis strategies for remote imagery. This research will lead to a reliable method for glacier facies identification using the Airborne Thematic Mapper and hopefully a similar method for the related Landsat ETM+. In the future, accurate facies measurement will hopefully provide an effective mass balance proxy which facilitates global glacier monitoring, mass balance studies, water resource availability, and quantification of the largely uncertain contribution of small glaciers and icecaps to global sea level rise.

Pope, A.; Rees, G.

2010-12-01

194

Recent glacier retreat and climate trends in Cordillera Huaytapallana, Peru  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We analyzed 19 annual Landsat Thematic Mapper images from 1984 to 2011 to determine changes of the glaciated surface and snow line elevation in six mountain areas of the Cordillera Huaytapallana range in Peru. In contrast to other Peruvian mountains, glacier retreat in these mountains has been poorly documented, even though this is a heavily glaciated area. These glaciers are the main source of water for the surrounding lowlands, and melting of these glaciers has triggered several outburst floods. During the 28-year study period, there was a 55% decrease in the surface covered by glaciers and the snowline moved upward in different regions by 93 to 157 m. Moreover, several new lakes formed in the recently deglaciated areas. There was an increase in precipitation during the wet season (October-April) over the 28-year study period. The significant increase in maximum temperatures may be related to the significant glacier retreat in the study area. There were significant differences in the wet season temperatures during El Niño (warmer) and La Niña (colder) years. Although La Niña years were generally more humid than El Niño years, these differences were not statistically significant. Thus, glaciers tended to retreat at a high rate during El Niño years, but tended to be stable or increase during La Niña years, although there were some notable deviations from this general pattern. Climate simulations for 2021 to 2050, based on the most optimistic assumptions of greenhouse gas concentrations, forecast a continuation of climate warming at the same rate as documented here. Such changes in temperature might lead to a critical situation for the glaciers of the Cordillera Huaytapallana, and may significantly impact the water resources, ecology, and natural hazards of the surrounding areas.

López-Moreno, J. I.; Fontaneda, S.; Bazo, J.; Revuelto, J.; Azorin-Molina, C.; Valero-Garcés, B.; Morán-Tejeda, E.; Vicente-Serrano, S. M.; Zubieta, R.; Alejo-Cochachín, J.

2014-01-01

195

Velocities of Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, West Antarctica, from ERS-1 SAR images  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Average velocities of Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers (West Antarctica) were measured for the time periods between 1992 and 1994 by tracking ice-surface patterns. Velocities of the central flow of the Pine Island glacier range from 1.5 km/yr above the grounding line (separating the grounded from the floating parts of a glacier) to 2.8 km/yr near the terminus; velocities of the central Thwaites glacier range from 2.2 km/yr above the grounding line to 3.4 km/yr at the limit of measurements on the tongue. Both glaciers show an increase in velocity of about 1 km/yr where they cross their grounding lines. The velocities derived from ERS-1 images are higher than those previously derived from Landsat images, perhaps reflecting acceleration of the glaciers. Both glaciers are exceptionally fast. The high velocities may be due to high precipitation rates over West Antarctica and the lack of a major buttressing ice shelf.

Lucchita, Baerbel K.; Rosanova, Christine E.

1997-01-01

196

Middle Sister and Hayden Glacier  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

The North face of Middle Sister and Hayden Glacier, in Three Sisters Wilderness, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. This Picture was taken while climbing Middle Sister. Middle Sister is also known as "Hope" and is an extinct stratovolcano....

2009-12-08

197

Instructions for Glacier Recession Lesson Objective: Students will learn  

E-print Network

Instructions for Glacier Recession Lesson Objective: Students will learn: - about the connection between glaciers and climate, - why glacial studies are important, - how glacier recession affects humanity, and - how humans are affecting glaciers. Materials: Movie ­ Inconvenient Truth For Exercise

198

Transition of flow regime along a marine-terminating outlet glacier in East Antarctica  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present results of a multi-methodological approach to characterize the flow regime of West Ragnhild Glacier, the widest glacier in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. A new airborne radar survey points to substantially thicker ice (>2000 m) than previously thought. With a discharge estimate of 13-14 Gt yr-1, West Ragnhild Glacier thus becomes of the three major outlet glaciers in Dronning Maud Land. Its bed topography is distinct between the upstream and downstream section: in the downstream section (<65 km upstream of the grounding line), the glacier overlies a wide and flat basin well below the sea level, while the upstream region is more mountainous. Spectral analysis of the bed topography also reveals this clear contrast and suggests that the downstream area is sediment covered. Furthermore, bed-returned power varies by 30 dB within 20 km near the bed flatness transition, suggesting that the water content at bed/ice interface increases over a short distance downstream, hence pointing to water-rich sediment. Ice flow speed observed in the downstream part of the glacier (~250 m yr-1) can only be explained through very low basal friction, leading to a substantial amount of basal sliding in the downstream 65 km of the glacier. All the above lines of evidence (sediment bed, wetness and basal motion) and the relatively flat grounding zone give the potential for West Ragnhild Glacier to be more sensitive to external forcing compared to other major outlet glaciers in this region, which are more stable due to their bed geometry (e.g. Shirase Glacier).

Callens, D.; Matsuoka, K.; Steinhage, D.; Smith, B.; Witrant, E.; Pattyn, F.

2014-05-01

199

Two methods for firn-area and mass-balance monitoring of Svalbard glaciers with SAR satellite images  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents two methods for glacier monitoring on Svalbard using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite images. Both methods were developed on glaciers in the Kongsfjorden area. The first method monitors the firn area extent and the firn line over time by thresholding and filtering the SAR image. Manual detection of the threshold is preferable, but using a constant threshold

Max König; Jan-Gunnar Winther; Jack Kohler; Florian König

2004-01-01

200

Glacier Shrinkage and Effects on Alpine Hydrology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Alpine glaciers cover an area of about 553 km2 in seven western states of the American West. With few exceptions, all glaciers have been shrinking over the past century and the rate of shrinkage has accelerated over the past few decades. Overall, smaller glaciers exhibit greatest shrinkage, relative to their size, compared to larger glaciers. Preliminary results from studies of glacier change in several national parks reveal the spatial pattern of glacier change. Glacier shrinkage, while contributing to global sea level change, has two important local effects. First, the net release of water from its storage in the frozen state enhances overall stream discharge. Second, the shrinking area of glaciers reduces their moderating effect on stream flow, particularly during late-summer and drought periods, and shifts peak runoff towards early summer. Consequently these alpine basins become more susceptible to future drought. In addition to these "clean" glaciers, debris-covered glaciers are probably important as well. Debris-covered glaciers melt at much slower rates than adjacent "clean" glaciers, with reduced daily variations in melt because of the insulation provided by the surface debris layer. The number and extent of debris-covered glaciers in the American west is not well known therefore their hydrological contribution is uncertain. However, if the number of debris-covered glaciers can be scaled from an inventory of those in the Rocky Mountain National Park (Achuff, 2003), the volume of debris-covered ice may be considerable. From an ecological perspective, the greatest effects are in the high alpine regions where glacier recession opens new areas for biological expansion, and where the hydrological dependence on glaciers is greatest. Lesser effects, related to suspended sediment loads, are felt well downstream (10's km) from glaciers.

Basagic, H.; Fountain, A. G.; Clark, D. H.

2004-12-01

201

Towards a Global Estimate of the Mass Balance of Small Mountain Glaciers During the 20th and 21st Centuries  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present a minimal model of the area-mean mass balance of small mountain glaciers, which is driven by temperature and precipitation data alone. The model construction is based on the identification of time periods when glaciers with existing mass balance measurements were in equilibrium with local climate. These periods of equilibrium are extrapolated to unsampled glaciers in order to determine the necessary model parameters. The model is then validated scrutinously by a cross-validation scheme in order to determine its performance and robustness. This cross-validation, using several hundred glaciers world wide with existing mass balance measurements, indicates that the mean bias of the model is small (< 5 mm w.e./year), and that the mean correlation between modeled and observed inter-annual mass balance variability, and the mean skill score of the model, are reasonably high (0.58 and 0.30, respectively). We then employ the model for each individual glacier included in the extended format of the world glacier inventory using observed (20th century) and projected (21st century) variability in temperature and precipitation. Based on simple geometric considerations and area-volume scaling, we present a first-order estimate of the global volume change of glaciers during the 20th century, and projections for the 21st century.

Marzeion, B.; Jarosch, A. H.; Hofer, M.

2011-12-01

202

Seaonalities of glacier changes on the polythermal glaciers, Nyainqêntanglha Range  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The climatic variables are supposed to be the influential factors for the summer accumulation type glaciers in the Nyainqêntanglha Range, Tibetan Plateau. There are certainly unique regional climate regimes within this area during different seasons. In the summer season, the prevailing regional climate is controlled by a plenty of moisture transported by the warm summer monsoons, while it is getting colder and drier by the westerlies from the inland of Eurasia in the winter season. The impact of the resultant local hydro-thermal condition fluctuation on the the glacier dynamics is still not well understood. In this study, the seasonal patterns of glacier behaviors are estimated in terms of glacier surface displacements under a certain climatological state (2006-2009). The glacier surface displacements are derived from Landsat imageries by using the feature tracking method. The land surface temperatures and precipitations are selected as the representative parameters of the regional climate in the Nyainqêntanglha Range. According to the tendency analysis, the apparent annual cycle of precipitation and land surface temperature are recognized. At the same time, the diurnal change of land surface temperature (>0°C mostly in the daytime,

Shi, Junchao; Menenti, Massimo

2014-05-01

203

Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier of Europe, covers more than 120 square kilometers (more than 45 square miles)in southern Switzerland. At its eastern extremity lies a glacierlake, Mdrjelensee (2,350 meters/7,711 feet above sea level). To the west rises Aletschhorn (4,195 meters/13,763 feet), which was first climbed in 1859. The Rhone River flows along the southern flank of the mountains.

This image was acquired on July 23, 2001 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite. With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region, and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER will image Earth for the next 6 years to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER is one of five Earth-observing instruments launched December 18, 1999, on NASA's Terra satellite. The instrument was built by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. A joint U.S./Japan science team is responsible for validation and calibration of the instrument and the data products.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER will provide scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping, and monitoring dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications are: monitoring glacial advances and retreats; monitoring potentially active volcanoes; identifying crop stress; determining cloud morphology and physical properties; wetlands evaluation; thermal pollution monitoring; coral reef degradation; surface temperature mapping of soils and geology; and measuring surface heat balance.

Dr. Anne Kahle at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is the U.S. Science team leader; Bjorn Eng of JPL is the project manager. The Terra mission is part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, a long-term research and technology program designed to examine Earth's land, oceans, atmosphere, ice and life as a total integrated system.

Size: 60 x 56 km (37.2 x 34.7 miles) Location: 46.5 deg. North lat., 8.0 deg. East long. Orientation: North at top Image Data: ASTER bands 1,2, and 3. Original Data Resolution: 15 m Date Acquired: July 23, 2001

2002-01-01

204

High Altitude Glaciers in the Tropics  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

While it may seem like a contradiction, glaciers do exist in the tropical latitudes. In this video produced by ThinkTV, learn about tropical glaciers and why scientists are studying them to better understand global climate change.

Thinktv

2010-11-30

205

Determination of the Liquid Line of Descent of Anhydrous Tholeiitic Magmas at High Prese - Results from Equilibrium and Fractional Crystallisation Experiments at 1.0 GPa  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Tholeiitic magmas are the most common eruptive products on the earth surface; petrology indicates that the majority of them differentiate in deep-seated magma chambers probably located in the lower crust or at the crust-mantle-boundary. To quantify the liquid line of descent of dry mantle-derived tholeiitic magmas and to understand the end-member processes of equilibrium and fractional crystallisation respectively at high pressure, the following experimental approaches were chosen. Equilibrium crystallisation experiments were performed using a single starting composition and temperature increments of 30 ^oC. An approximation to pure fractional crystallisation was achieved by a stepwise approach: The liquid compositions are determined from each experiment; subsequent experiments are performed at lower temperature starting with the liquid composition of the previous, higher temperature experiment. All experiments were performed at 1.0 GPa using an end-loaded piston-cylinder-apparatus and NaCl-pyrex-MgO-assemblies. To prevent iron loss to the sample container and to constrain fO_2 at the C-CO_2 equilibrium, a Pt-graphite double capsule technique was applied. A first series of equilibrium crystallisation experiments was performed with a starting composition, which corresponds to an experimentally produced liquid in equilibrium with a fertile lherzolite at 1.5 GPa and 1350 ^oC (Hirose and Kushiro, 1993, EPSL). In these experiments olivine (ol) and spinel (spl) crystallised at 1270 ^oC followed by clinopyroxene (cpx) at 1240 ^oC. At 1210 ^oC ol disappeared and orthopyroxene (opx) crystallised with cpx and spl. At 1180 ^oC two pyroxenes but no spl were present. Between 1150 ^oC and 1060 ^oC cpx, opx and spl represented the solid phases. No plagioclase (plg) was observed in this series. In order to test potential feldspar nucleation problems a second series of experiments was conducted with 0.5 wt% of pure anorthite (an) seeds added. With this starting material plg is stable with cpx, opx, and spl at 1120 ^oC and 1090 ^oC. Between 1270 ^oC and 1150 ^oC opx, cpx and spl crystallised. The chosen starting composition is probably nearly multiply saturated and, therefore, the small change in composition resulting from the addition of anorthite leads to the disappearance of olivine from the assemblage. A third series of experiments has been initiated, simulating fractional crystallisation. To ensure that the starting composition is saturated in ol, natural ol crystals were added to the original starting material. At 1300 ^oC ol is stable with melt. The solid phases are ol, cpx, opx and spl at 1270 ^oC and cpx and opx at 1240 ^oC. In this series plg first occurs at 1210 ^oC together with cpx, opx and spl. At 1180 ^oC cpx, plg and spi and at 1150 ^oC cpx, plg, spi and ol crystallised. The experimental results are compared with natural ultramafic to mafic cumulates (dunites, websterites, gabbronorites and gabbros) that occur in lower crustal cumulate series such as the Layered Series of the well exposed Ivrea Zone (Northern Italy; Rivalenti et al. 1984, TMPM).

Villiger, S.; Ulmer, P.; Thompson, A.; Muentener, O.

2003-04-01

206

Chronology for Fluctuations in Late Pleistocene Sierra Nevada Glaciers and Lakes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Mountain glaciers, because of their small size, are usually close to equilibrium with the local climate and thus should provide a test of whether temperature oscillations in Greenland late in the last glacial period are part of global-scale climate variability or are restricted to the North Atlantic region. Correlation of cosmogenic chlorine-36 dates on Sierra Nevada moraines with a continuous

Fred M. Phillips; Marek G. Zreda; Larry V. Benson; Mitchell A. Plummer; David Elmore; Pankaj Sharma

1996-01-01

207

Glacier Mass Balance measurements in Bhutan  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Long-term glacier measurements are scarce in the Himalayas, partly due to lack of resources as well as inaccessibility of most of the glaciers. There are over 600 glaciers in Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayas, but no long-term measurements. However, such studies are an important component of hydrological modelling, and especially relevant to the proposed expansion of hydropower resources in this area. Glaciological studies are also critical to understanding the risk of jøkulhlaups or GLOFS (glacier lake outburst floods) from glaciers in this region. Glacier mass balance measurements have been initiated on a glacier in the Chamkhar Chu region in central Bhutan by the Department of Hydro-Met Services in co-operation with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Chamkhar Chu is the site of two proposed hydropower plants that will each generate over 700 MW, although the present and future hydrological regimes in this basin, and especially the contribution from glaciers, are not well-understood at present. There are about 94 glaciers in the Chamkhar Chhu basin and total glacier area is about 75 sq. km. The glaciers are relatively accessible for the Himalayas, most of them can be reached after only 4-5 days walk from the nearest road. One of the largest, Thana glacier, has been chosen as a mass balance glacier and measurements were initiated in 2013. The glacier area is almost 5 sq. km. and the elevation range is 500 m (5071 m a.s.l. to 5725 m a.s.l.) making it suitable as a benchmark glacier. Preliminary measurements on a smaller, nearby glacier that was visited in 2012 and 2013 showed 1 m of firn loss (about 0.6 m w.eq.) over 12 months.

Jackson, Miriam; Tenzin, Sangay; Tashi, Tshering

2014-05-01

208

Glaciers and icecaps: Storehouses of freshwater  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Glacier: Complete description of what glaciers and icecaps are and why they are important to us. Maps show the location of glaciers and icecaps. This resource is part of the "Water Science for Schools" collection at the United States Geological Survey.

2008-05-28

209

Muir Glacier and Muir Inlet 1980  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

This ship-deck-based August 1980 photograph of Muir Glacier and Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, St. Elias Mountains, Alaska, shows the nearly 200-ft-high retreating tidewater end of Muir Glacier with part of its face capped by a few angular pinnacles of ice, called séracs....

210

Get Close to Glaciers with Satellite Imagery.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses the use of remote sensing from satellites to monitor glaciers. Discusses efforts to use remote sensing satellites of the Landsat series for examining the global distribution, mass, balance, movements, and dynamics of the world's glaciers. Includes several Landsat images of various glaciers. (TW)

Hall, Dorothy K.

1986-01-01

211

Analysis of time series of glacier speed: Columbia Glacier, Alaska  

USGS Publications Warehouse

During the summer of 1984 and 1985, laser measurements were made of the distance from a reference location to markers on the surface of the lower reach of Columbia Glacier, Alaska. The speed varies from 7 to 15 m/d and has three noteworthy components: 1) a low-frequency perturbation in speed with a time scale of days related to increased precipitation, 2) semidiurnal and diurnal variations related to sea tides, and 3) diurnal variations related to glacier surface melt. -from Authors

Walters, R.A.; Dunlap, W.W.

1987-01-01

212

Glacier sensitivity to climate change in the Nepalese Himalaya quantified using higher-order modelling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent studies of glaciers in the eastern Himalaya have identified rapid changes in ice volume with small changes in climate indicating that these glaciers are highly sensitive to primary climate variables (e.g. daily variations in air temperature and monsoon precipitation). However, quantifying Himalayan glacier sensitivity to climate change is challenging due to: (1) a lack of information about how glaciological and geomorphological factors influence the balance of large debris-covered glaciers; (2) the local modification of meteorological variables by the interaction of high topography with regional atmospheric circulation systems; and (3) the simple representation of ice dynamics in many numerical glacier models which limits their usefulness in regions with steep terrain. To quantify the sensitivity of Himalayan glaciers to climate change we apply the integrated second-order shallow ice approximation (iSOSIA) [Egholm et al. 2011, Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface] to large debris-covered glaciers on the southern slopes of Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Himal, Nepal. iSOSIA considers both the longitudinal and transverse stresses that drive mountain glacier flow in regions with steep terrain--a more suitable approach for Himalayan glaciers than those models based on approximations developed for shallow ice sheets. We apply iSOSIA at a 100-m resolution on a regular grid using a daily timestep to Nepalese glaciers including Khumbu, Ngozumpa and Lhotse. Our mass balance model development has focused on the dynamic representation of snow avalanching onto the glacier surfaces as this accounts for up to 75% of accumulation. We investigate Himalayan glacier sensitivities to primary climatological, glaciological and geological variables including air temperature, supraglacial debris cover, and catchment hypsometry. Furthermore, we aim to improve the representation of climate in glacier models for the Himalaya by testing a range of methods to describe these variables: (1) simple elevation-dependent rates for accumulation and ablation with empirical values for melt along a flow line beneath supraglacial debris; (2) climate-elevation relationships derived from local automatic weather stations in the Khumbu valley; and (3) 3-D surface energy balance calculations using regional meteorological data. Once we have described glacier-climate sensitivities in the Khumbu Himal, we will use these results to predict the likely magnitude and timescales of glacier mass loss under IPCC future climate change scenarios, and quantify the uncertainties associated with these predictions. Future work will consider: how glacier hydrology modifies variations in ice dynamics; how the spatial distribution of supraglacial debris modifies glacier balance sensitivity; how rock debris is transported within and on these glaciers; and how rates of rock debris delivery from hillslopes affects glacier balance and dynamics. Fieldwork in Nepal is planned for 2014 to collect data from debris-covered Khumbu Glacier with which to validate our numerical model.

Rowan, A. V.; Egholm, D. L.; Glasser, N. F.; Quincey, D. J.

2013-12-01

213

Relationships between fjord bathymetries and recent glacier behavior: gaining new insight from IceBridge flights over Greenland  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The geometry of glacial fjords may play a large role in determining the stability of outlet glaciers. Sloping seafloors will feedback on a moving grounding line and shallow sills and deep continental shelf troughs will allow greater interaction with the surrounding ocean water. To better understand the role of fjord bathymetry in the glacier system, Operation IceBridge (OIB) has flown a suite of radar, lidar, gravity and magnetic instruments along the flow lines of previously inaccessible outlet glaciers and their fjords around the Greenlandic coast. Here, we combine newly collected surface elevation, ice thickness data, and gravity and magnetic anomalies from OIB flights, along with ship-based bathymetric profiles, into a single dataset. The combination of these new data are used in the construction of forward models that provide the framework for performing gravity inversions, finally resulting in many new bathymetric charts of previously unmapped fjords in Greenland. These newly created fjord bathymetries are compared to several important characteristics their outlet glaciers and ocean waters. We investigate the importance of glacier parameters such as surface velocity and area changes, as well as newly available oceanographic data from within the fjord, on recent changes in glacier behavior. Are faster flowing glaciers found in fjords with deep sills and a greater exchange with continental shelf water? Comparisons of these glacier-fjord relationships are also separated by region and by glacier type. Are glaciers in the southeast mostly changing in a similar way even though their bed geometries are quite different? These broad correlations are a starting point in an effort to investigate the role of bed geometry in the relationship between external forcing and the observed recent change of many of Greenland's largest outlet glaciers.

Porter, D.; Boghosian, A.; Tinto, K. J.; Cochran, J. R.; Bell, R. E.

2012-12-01

214

The role of snowmelt and glacier melt on runoff in a glacierized catchment: a multi-tracer experiment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The release of water as snowmelt and ice melt in high elevation catchments has significant social and economic impacts for population living in mountain areas. This is even more critical under the current conditions of glacier retreat as a consequence of global warming. Therefore, it is important to understand the role of ice and snow meltwater on runoff dynamics and groundwater recharge in glacierized environments. This task can be effectively accomplished by integrating isotopic and other tracers that are widely recognized as useful tools for the identification of the main water sources contributing to streamflow. In this work, we collected water samples from different sources in the Saldur catchment (Eastern Italian Alps). The catchment (area: 62 km², elevation range: 1600-3700 m a.s.l.) hosts a small glacier (2.8 km²) in its upper portion. Samples of rainfall, snow, snowmelt, glacier melt, stream water (main stream and tributaries) and spring water have been manually collected between April-October 2011 and April-November 2012 approximately on a monthly basis. Furthermore, 24-hour samplings with hourly collection frequency were performed at two cross sections during five melt-runoff events. The composition in stable water isotopes was determined by laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Electrical conductivity (EC) and water temperature were measured in the field. Additionally, deuterium excess (DE) was computed for all samples based on the relationship between deuterium and 18-oxygen. The isotopic composition of rainfall and snow shows marked altitudinal and seasonal variations. A strong positive correlation is also evident in the relationship between DE of spring waters and elevation. Rainfall and snow samples fall perfectly on the Global Meteoric Water Line, revealing a predominant Atlantic origin of air masses producing precipitation in the study area. EC and water temperature linearly increase with the distance from the glacier snout, suggesting a decreasing influence of snow and glacier melt water (cold and little conductive) and an increasing contribution of non-glacierized areas moving downstream. Stream water shows a strong daily variability in isotopic composition and EC correlated well with discharge and air temperature, suggesting the relevant contribution of meltwater on runoff. Moreover, a seasonal trend is also observable in stream water and groundwater, with the most isotopically enriched and highest EC values found at low flow conditions (no melting periods), in early spring and late autumn. In agreement with these observations, end-member mixing analysis shows that summer precipitation plays a minor role on runoff temporal variability compared to glacier melt and snowmelt. Two- and three-component hydrograph separation for the summer melt-runoff events confirms the significant contribution of melting-event water (up to 73% for the upper station) and the importance of snowmelt and glacier melt (up to 37% and 28%, respectively) as water sources for streamflow at the daily scale in the study catchment. These results underline the critical role played by meltwater stored in glaciers and snow on water availability in mountain regions. Moreover, this works reveals the usefulness of a multi-tracer approach for the analysis of the main contributors to streamflow in glacierized catchments. Keywords: water stable isotopes, deuterium excess, electrical conductivity, snowmelt, glacier melt.

Penna, Daniele; Engel, Michael; Mao, Luca; Dell'Agnese, Andrea; Bertoldi, Giacomo; Comiti, Francesco

2013-04-01

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The effect of glaciers on streamflow variations.  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The effect of temperate glaciers on runoff variations is examined for the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State. An algorithm is presented that calculates the coefficient of variation of runoff for any arbitrary glacier cover. The results suggest that a minimum in year-to-year variation occurs for basins about 36% glacierized. On a month-to-month basis, maximum variation occurs in July and August for basins with less than 10% glacier cover but is a minimum for basins with glacier covers greater than 30%. -from Authors

Fountain, A.G.; Tangborn, W.V.

1985-01-01

216

Glacier recession in Iceland and Austria  

SciTech Connect

It has been possible to measure glacier recession on the basis of Landsat data, in conjunction with comparisons of the magnitude of recession of a glacier margin with in situ measurements at fixed points along the same margin. Attention is presently given to the cases of Vatnajokull ice cap, in Iceland, and the Pasterze Glacier, in Austria, on the basis of satellite data from 1973-1987 and 1984-1990, respectively. Indications of a trend toward negative mass balance are noted. Nevertheless, while most of the world's small glaciers have been receding, some are advancing either due to local climate or the tidewater glacier cycle. 21 refs.

Hall, D.K.; Williams, R.S. Jr.; Bayr, K.J. (NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (United States) USGS, Reston, VA (United States) Keene State College, NH (United States))

1992-03-01

217

Glacier recession in Iceland and Austria  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

It has been possible to measure glacier recession on the basis of Landsat data, in conjunction with comparisons of the magnitude of recession of a glacier margin with in situ measurements at fixed points along the same margin. Attention is presently given to the cases of Vatnajokull ice cap, in Iceland, and the Pasterze Glacier, in Austria, on the basis of satellite data from 1973-1987 and 1984-1990, respectively. Indications of a trend toward negative mass balance are noted. Nevertheless, while most of the world's small glaciers have been receding, some are advancing either due to local climate or the tidewater glacier cycle.

Hall, Dorothy K.; Williams, Richard S., Jr.; Bayr, Klaus J.

1992-01-01

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Light Iceland Glacier Recession 1973 to 2000  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This animation shows glacier recesion at the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland. The data from 1973 is taken from Landsat 1 and the 2000 data is from Landsat 7. The Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland has been measured by Landsat to be receding since 1973. The glacierologists in Iceland and here at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center have measured the recession throughout the entire glacier and found different rates of recession in different areas. In genral, the glacier seems to be receding at about 2% annually. It is extremely controversial whether or not this recession is caused by global warming.

Perkins, Lori; Hall, Dorothy

2001-04-09

219

Sorption equilibrium isotherms for volatile organics in aqueous solution: Comparison of head-space gas chromatography and on-line UV stirred cell results  

SciTech Connect

Sorption equilibrium isotherms from aqueous solution of benzene, toluene, chlorobenzene, p-xylene, carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene, and chloroform for various sorbents have been measured by two independent techniques: head-space gas chromatography (HSGC) and a stirred cell with on-line UV detection. Isotherms obtained by each technique showed close agreement at all concentrations. Isotherms are presented for XAD4, XAD2, AC-F400, and solid poly(styrene/divinylbenzene) copolymer microspheres. For solution concentrations [lt]25% of the aqueous solubility of the organic, activated carbon was found to have the highest sorption capacity; however, activated carbon was surpassed in capacity by XAD4 at high thermodynamic activities for each organic solute. Thus, for concentrated ([gt]25% saturated in organic) industrial waste streams, XAD4 would appear to be an attractive alternative to activated carbon. Sorption data for this study were best represented for solutes onto XAD4 by normalized volumetric isotherms and AC-F400 by a Polyanyi potential theory correlation plot.

Simpson, E.J.; Abukhadra, R.K.; Koros, W.J.; Schechter, R.S. (Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States))

1993-10-01

220

Accelerating Ice Loss from the Fastest Greenland and Antarctic Glaciers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Ice discharge from the fastest glaciers draining the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets . Jakobshavn Isbrae (JI) and Pine Island Glacier (PIG). continues to increase, and is now more than double that needed to balance snowfall in their catchment basins. Velocity increase probably resulted from decreased buttressing from thinning (and, for JI, breakup) of their floating ice tongues, and from reduced basal drag as grounding lines on both glaciers retreat. JI flows directly into the ocean as it becomes afloat, and here creep rates are proportional to the cube of bed depth. Rapid thinning of the PIG ice shelf increases the likelihood of its breakup, and subsequent rapid increase in discharge velocity. Results from a simple model indicate that JI velocities should almost double to >20 km/a by 2015, with velocities on PIG increasing to >10 km/a after breakup of its ice shelf. These high velocities would probably be sustained over many decades as the glaciers retreat within their long, very deep troughs. Resulting sea ]level rise would average about 1.5 mm/a.

Thomas, R.; Frederick, E.; Li, J.; Krabill, W.; Manizade, S.; Paden, J.; Sonntag, J.; Swift, R.; Yungel, J.

2011-01-01

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A database of worldwide glacier thickness observations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of the grand challenges in glacier research is to assess the total ice volume and its global distribution. Over the past few decades the compilation of a world glacier inventory has been well-advanced both in institutional set-up and in spatial coverage. The inventory is restricted to glacier surface observations. However, although thickness has been observed on many glaciers and ice caps around the globe, it has not yet been published in the shape of a readily available database. Here, we present a standardized database of glacier thickness observations compiled by an extensive literature review and from airborne data extracted from NASA's Operation IceBridge. This database contains ice thickness observations from roughly 1100 glaciers and ice caps including 550 glacier-wide estimates and 750,000 point observations. A comparison of these observational ice thicknesses with results from area- and slope-dependent approaches reveals large deviations both from the observations and between different estimation approaches. For glaciers and ice caps all estimation approaches show a tendency to overestimation. For glaciers the median relative absolute deviation lies around 30% when analyzing the different estimation approaches. This initial database of glacier and ice caps thickness will hopefully be further enlarged and intensively used for a better understanding of the global glacier ice volume and its distribution.

Gärtner-Roer, I.; Naegeli, K.; Huss, M.; Knecht, T.; Machguth, H.; Zemp, M.

2014-11-01

222

The contribution of glacier melt to streamflow  

SciTech Connect

Ongoing and projected future changes in glacier extent and water storage globally have lead to concerns about the implications for water supplies. However, the current magnitude of glacier contributions to river runoff is not well known, nor is the population at risk to future glacier changes. We estimate an upper bound on glacier melt contribution to seasonal streamflow by computing the energy balance of glaciers globally. Melt water quantities are computed as a fraction of total streamflow simulated using a hydrology model and the melt fraction is tracked down the stream network. In general, our estimates of the glacier melt contribution to streamflow are lower than previously published values. Nonetheless, we find that globally an estimated 225 (36) million people live in river basins where maximum seasonal glacier melt contributes at least 10% (25%) of streamflow, mostly in the High Asia region.

Schaner, Neil; Voisin, Nathalie; Nijssen, Bart; Lettenmaier, D. P.

2012-09-13

223

Spatially heterogeneous wastage of Himalayan glaciers  

PubMed Central

We describe volumetric changes in three benchmark glaciers in the Nepal Himalayas on which observations have been made since the 1970s. Compared with the global mean of glacier mass balance, the Himalayan glaciers showed rapid wastage in the 1970s–1990s, but similar wastage in the last decade. In the last decade, a glacier in an arid climate showed negative but suppressed mass balance compared with the period 1970s–1990s, whereas two glaciers in a humid climate showed accelerated wastage. A mass balance model with downscaled gridded datasets depicts the fate of the observed glaciers. We also show a spatially heterogeneous distribution of glacier wastage in the Asian highlands, even under the present-day climate warming. PMID:21808042

Fujita, Koji; Nuimura, Takayuki

2011-01-01

224

Partition Equilibrium  

Microsoft Academic Search

We introduce partition equilibrium and study its existence in resource selection games (RSG). In partition equilibrium the\\u000a agents are partitioned into coalitions, and only deviations by the prescribed coalitions are considered. This is in difference\\u000a to the classical concept of strong equilibrium according to which any subset of the agents may deviate. In resource selection\\u000a games, each agent selects a

Michal Feldman; Moshe Tennenholtz

2009-01-01

225

MOVEMENT OF WATER IN GLACIERS  

Microsoft Academic Search

A network of passages situated along three-grain intersections enables water to percolate through temperate glacier ice. The deformability of the ice allows the passages to expand and contract in response to changes in pressure, and melting of the passage walls by heat generated by viscous dissipation and carried by above-freezing water causes the larger passages gradually to increase in size

R. L. SHREVE

1972-01-01

226

Mountain Glaciers and Ice Caps  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Projections of future rates of mass loss from mountain glaciers and ice caps in the Arctic focus primarily on projections of changes in the surface mass balance. Current models are not yet capable of making realistic forecasts of changes in losses by calving. Surface mass balance models are forced with downscaled output from climate models driven by forcing scenarios that make assumptions about the future rate of growth of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Thus, mass loss projections vary considerably, depending on the forcing scenario used and the climate model from which climate projections are derived. A new study in which a surface mass balance model is driven by output from ten general circulation models (GCMs) forced by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) A1B emissions scenario yields estimates of total mass loss of between 51 and 136 mm sea-level equivalent (SLE) (or 13% to 36% of current glacier volume) by 2100. This implies that there will still be substantial glacier mass in the Arctic in 2100 and that Arctic mountain glaciers and ice caps will continue to influence global sea-level change well into the 22nd century.

Ananichheva, Maria; Arendt, Anthony; Hagen, Jon-Ove; Hock, Regine; Josberger, Edward G.; Moore, R. Dan; Pfeffer, William Tad; Wolken, Gabriel J.

2011-01-01

227

Icebergs and Glaciers: Unit Outlines  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article assembles free resources from the Icebergs and Glaciers issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and 3-5.

Jessica Fries-Gaither

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Assessing Geometric Controls on Tidewater Glacier Sensitivity to Frontal Perturbations Using a Numerical Ice Flow Model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Marine-terminating glaciers worldwide have undergone rapid changes in their dynamics in response to external forcing. Observations from the Greenland coast, however, reveal that outlet glaciers in close proximity to each other, likely sharing a similar external forcing, can exhibit dramatically different behavior. These behavioral differences may result from differences in glacier shape, such as the presence of basal overdeepenings and lateral constrictions near the terminus. Understanding how shape influences glacier response to forcing at the terminus is critical for predicting future change. The dependence of ice flow on shape is non-linear and complex and, therefore, best examined using numerical methods. We employ a numerical ice flow model to investigate how the shape of marine-terminating glaciers (i.e. basal topography, thickness and width) influences the dynamic response to perturbations in the stress boundary condition at the front caused by front retreat and thinning. Governing model equations are compiled from various numerical models derived for a lightly grounded outlet glaciers, grounded retreat through basal over-deepenings, and calving of marine-terminating outlet glaciers. The model is designed for tidewater glaciers confined to narrow channels so that the stress balance components consist of substantial longitudinal and lateral stresses in addition to basal drag. Emphasis is placed on conditions at the grounding zone, as it is particularly sensitive to changes in basal drag and longitudinal stress. The effect of ice softening at the shear margins as a result of glacial acceleration is also considered. Boundary conditions at the front are categorized by two different calving criteria: (1) the buoyancy stress criterion prescribed by Durand et al. (2009), and (2) the modified flotation criterion derived by Vieli et al. (2001). The model is applied to a range of glacier bed and width geometries and perturbed from steady state by prescribing increased longitudinal stress at the ice/water boundary. Results from our model are compared to recent glaciological observations to determine if an ice-flow numerical model with simplified geometry can reasonably describe observed glacier dynamics. Durand, G., O. Gagliardini, B. de Fleurian, T. Zwinger, and E. Le Meur (2009), Marine ice sheet dynamics: Hysteresis and neutral equilibrium, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114(F03009), doi: 10.1029/2008JF001170. Vieli, A., M. Funk, and H. Blatter (2001), Flow dynamics of tidewater glaciers: a numerical modelling approach, Journal of Glaciology, 47(159), 595-606.

McFadden, E. M.; Howat, I. M.

2010-12-01

229

Response of debris-covered glaciers to climate change  

Microsoft Academic Search

The presence of supraglacial debris strongly influences glacier ablation, and the mass balance of debris-covered glaciers differs significantly from that of clean glaciers in similar climatic settings. Predicting the response of debris-covered glaciers to climate change is important for hazard mitigation strategies in many high mountain environments, especially where temporary lakes are likely to form on stagnating glacier tongues. Accurate

D. I. Benn; N. Lindsey; H. Kathryn

2004-01-01

230

Quantifying Global Warming from the Retreat of Glaciers  

Microsoft Academic Search

Records of glacier fluctuations compiled by the World Glacier Monitoring Service can be used to derive an independent estimate of global warming during the last 100 years. Records of different glaciers are made comparable by a two-step scaling procedure: one allowing for differences in glacier geometry, the other for differences in climate sensitivity. The retreat of glaciers during the last

Johannes Oerlemans

1994-01-01

231

Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska - 1941  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

This northeast-looking photograph, on the southeastern side of White Thunder Ridge ,shows the lower reaches of Muir Glacier, then a large tidewater calving valley glacier, and its tributary Riggs Glacier. The séracs in the lower right-hand corner of the photograph mark Muir Glacier’s te...

232

Snow micro-structure at Kongsvegen glacier, Svalbard  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Measurements of physical snow properties have been performed at several sites at Kongsvegen glacier, which is a key Arctic glacier in western Spitzbergen (79N, 13E). The data were collected at six locations along the flow line of the glacier at different elevations (161 to 741m asl.) and describe snow that was deposited during winter 2010/11. We basically consider the vertical profiles of snow temperature, density, hardness, grain size and crystal shapes derived from standard stratigraphic methods (snow pits)and measurements using advanced instruments like Snow Micropen® and NIR imagery. Some parameters were measured repeatedly and with different instruments which proves a high quality as well as long-term and spatial representativeness of the data. The general snow conditions at the end of winter are characterized by a linear increase of snow depth and water equivalent with elevation. Snow hardness also increases with elevation while density remains remarkably constant. At most sites the snow temperature, density, hardness and grain size increase from the surface towards the snow-ice interface. The surface and the bottom layers stand out by specific changes in snow signature (crystal types) and delineate the bulk of the snow pack which itself features a rather complex layering. Comparison of the high-resolution profiles measured at different elevations at the glacier suggests some principal correlations of the signatures of hardness, grain size and crystal type. Thus, some major features (e.g. particularly hard layers) can be traced along the glacier, but the high-resolution layering can not straightforwardly be related from one site to the other. This basically reflects a locally different history of the snow pack in terms of precipitation events and post-depositional snow metamorphism. The issue is investigated more quantitatively by enhanced statistical processing of the observed signatures and simulation of the history of individual layers. These studies are supported by meteorological measurements at the snow observation sites.

Bilgeri, F.; Karner, F.; Steinkogler, W.; Fromm, R.; Obleitner, F.; Kohler, J.

2012-04-01

233

Food Web Structure in a Harsh Glacier-Fed River  

PubMed Central

Glacier retreat is occurring across the world, and associated river ecosystems are expected to respond more rapidly than those in flowing waters in other regions. The river environment directly downstream of a glacier snout is characterised by extreme low water temperature and unstable channel sediments but these habitats may become rarer with widespread glacier retreat. In these extreme environments food web dynamics have been little studied, yet they could offer opportunities to test food web theories using highly resolved food webs owing to their low taxonomic richness. This study examined the interactions of macroinvertebrate and diatom taxa in the Ödenwinkelkees river, Austrian central Alps between 2006 and 2011. The webs were characterised by low taxon richness (13–22), highly connected individuals (directed connectance up to 0.19) and short mean food chain length (2.00–2.36). The dominant macroinvertebrates were members of the Chironomidae genus Diamesa and had an omnivorous diet rich in detritus and diatoms as well as other Chironomidae. Simuliidae (typically detritivorous filterers) had a diet rich in diatoms but also showed evidence of predation on Chironomidae larvae. Food webs showed strong species-averaged and individual size structuring but mass-abundance scaling coefficients were larger than those predicted by metabolic theory, perhaps due to a combination of spatial averaging effects of patchily distributed consumers and resources, and/or consumers deriving unquantified resources from microorganisms attached to the large amounts of ingested rock fragments. Comparison of food web structural metrics with those from 62 published river webs suggest these glacier-fed river food web properties were extreme but in line with general food web scaling predictions, a finding which could prove useful to forecast the effects of anticipated future glacier retreat on the structure of aquatic food webs. PMID:23613751

Clitherow, Leonie R.; Carrivick, Jonathan L.; Brown, Lee E.

2013-01-01

234

Columbia Glacier in 1984: disintegration underway  

SciTech Connect

Columbia Glacier is a large, iceberg-calving glacier near Valdez, Alaska. The terminus of this glacier was relatively stable from the time of the first scientific studies in 1899 until 1978. During this period the glacier terminated partly on Heather Island and partly on a submerged moraine shoal. In December, 1978, the glacier terminus retreated from Heather Island, and retreat has accelerated each year since then, except during a period of anomalously low calving in 1980. Although the glacier has not terminated on Heather Island since 1978, a portion of the terminus remained on the crest of the moraine shoal until the fall of 1983. By December 8, 1983, that feature had receded more than 300 m from the crest of the shoal, and by December 14, 1984, had disappeared completely, leaving most of the terminus more than 2000 meters behind the crest of the shoal. Recession of the glacier from the shoal has placed the terminus in deeper water, although the glacier does not float. The active calving face of the glacier now terminates in seawater that is about 300 meters deep at the glacier centerline. Rapid calving appears to be associated with buoyancy effects due to deep water at the terminus and subglacial runoff. 12 refs., 10 figs.

Meier, M.F.; Rasmussen, L.A.; Miller, D.S.

1985-01-01

235

Glacier volume response time and its links to climate and topography based on a conceptual model of glacier hypsometry  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glacier volume response time is a measure of the time taken for a glacier to adjust its geometry to a climate change. It has been previously proposed that the volume response time is given approximately by the ratio of glacier thickness to ablation at the glacier terminus. We propose a new conceptual model of glacier hypsometry (area-altitude relation) and derive

S. C. B. Raper; R. J. Braithwaite

2009-01-01

236

GLACIER HAZARDS AT BELVEDERE GLACIER AND THE MONTE ROSA EAST FACE, ITALIAN ALPS: PROCESSES AND MITIGATION  

E-print Network

are extending towards danger zones in the cryospheric systems. A number of recent glacier hazards and disasters particularly affects terrestrial systems where surface and sub-surface ice is involved. Changes in glacier

Kääb, Andreas

237

HIGH ICE, Continuation Some glacier image analysis capabilities  

E-print Network

, 20002000 lake outlines from Benn and others, 2000 #12;ASTER Level 2 relative DEM over western Axel Heiberg Island glaciers ASTER 3NASTER 3N #12;View from top ofView from top of Llewellyn GlacierLlewellyn Glacier

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1. PARKING LOT AT GLACIER POINT. HALF DOME AT CENTER ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

1. PARKING LOT AT GLACIER POINT. HALF DOME AT CENTER REAR. LOOKING NE. GIS: N-36 43 45.8 / W-119 34 14.1 - Glacier Point Road, Between Chinquapin Flat & Glacier Point, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA

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5. GLACIER POINT ROAD VIEW AT SENTINEL DOME PARKING AREA. ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

5. GLACIER POINT ROAD VIEW AT SENTINEL DOME PARKING AREA. LOOKING E. GIS: N-37 42 43.8 / W-119 35 12.1 - Glacier Point Road, Between Chinquapin Flat & Glacier Point, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA

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Calendar-dated, early 'Little Ice Age' glacier advance at Robson Glacier, British Columbia, Canada  

Microsoft Academic Search

Dendrochronological studies at Robson and Bennington Glaciers have provided the first calendar dating of an early 'Little Ice Age' glacier advance in North America. Dates derived from in-situ stumps indicate that Robson Glacier began over-riding forest between c. AD 1142 and 1150 and continued until at least AD 1350. The highest rates of glacier advance (c. 3.8 m yr-1 )

B. H. Luckman

1995-01-01

241

Mapping Svalbard Glaciers with the Cryowing Uas  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The remoteness of most Svalbard glaciers makes it difficult to perform regular in situ monitoring, especially in the melting season. Terminus areas (into the sea) and crevassed areas are in practice only accessible from the air. In this paper, first investigations on the feasibility of UAS based 3D measurements of glacier elevation is performed. The results show that UAS can be a valuable tool for glacier measurements in remote areas like Svalbard, where the only real alternative to measure glacier elevation in the ablation zone during the melt season is by manned aircraft. Imagery from repeated observations within a few days can be used to estimate dynamic mass loss rates when coupled to 3D modeling and feature tracking. Retrieval of these data is valuable, especially for glaciers terminating in the sea and surging glaciers.

Solbø, S.; Storvold, R.

2013-08-01

242

Glacier Surge Mechanism: 1982-1983 Surge of Variegated Glacier, Alaska  

Microsoft Academic Search

The hundredfold speedup in glacier motion in a surge of the kind that took place in Variegated Glacier in 1982-1983 is caused by the buildup of high water pressure in the basal passageway system, which is made possible by a fundamental and pervasive change in the geometry and water-transport characteristics of this system. The behavior of the glacier in surge

Barclay Kamb; C. F. Raymond; W. D. Harrison; Hermann Engelhardt; K. A. Echelmeyer; N. Humphrey; M. M. Brugman; T. Pfeffer

1985-01-01

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Drainage events from a glacier-dammed lake, Bear Glacier, Alaska: Remote sensing and field observations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We investigated drainage events from a glacier-dammed lake on Bear Glacier, Alaska, and associated outburst floods and hazards. The glacier-dammed lake, which we call Ice Lake, is 17.5 km up-glacier from Bear Glacier's terminus at Bear Glacier Lake. We combine field observations and remote sensing to examine temporal changes in the size of Ice Lake, the frequency and timing of its drainage, and down-glacier propagation of its outburst floods. We found that in recent years, Ice Lake has likely drained every year or two, in late summer or fall (August-October), with outbursts generally following the damming of sufficient water to create a lake area of between 0.35 and 0.5 km2. Ice Lake has migrated downvalley to the south since the 1990s, likely as a result of thinning of the glacier that dams it. In situ measurements of a drainage event in October 2010 showed that Ice Lake drained over a period of days, which manifested at Bear Glacier Lake as a gradual, multiday increase and then decrease in water levels. Glacial lake outburst flooding at Bear Glacier creates risks for sea kayakers in Bear Glacier Lake and may be relevant to understanding the effects of climate warming on glacier-dammed and proglacial lakes.

Wilcox, A. C.; Wade, A. A.; Evans, E. G.

2014-09-01

244

Mass-balance characteristics of arctic glaciers  

Microsoft Academic Search

A survey of available mass-balance data shows that glaciers on arctic islands, i.e. mountain glaciers and ice caps in northern Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and the Eurasian islands, share mass-balance characteristics of low annual amplitude and small interannual variability. By contrast, glaciers around the Arctic (e.g. in Alaska, Iceland, mainland Scandinavia and northern Eurasia) can have exceptionally large annual amplitude and

Roger J. Braithwaite

2005-01-01

245

Glac Modeled Glacier Change Animation  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Animation of Modeled Climate-Induced Glacier Change in Glacier National Park, 1850- 2100. The simulation reflects the predicted exponential rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations, a 2xCO2 "global warming" scenario, with a concurrent warming of 2-3 degrees centigrade (4-5 degrees Fahrenheit) by the year 2050. In addition it assumes that precipitation, primarily in the form of rain, will increase over the same time period about 10 percent (based on the research of Dr. Steven Running, University of Montana). The animation view of the Blackfoot-Jackson basin along the Continental Divide, includes Gunsight Lake in the foreground and a portion of Lake Ellen Wilson visible over Gunsight Pass.

Myrna H. P. Hall

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Fluffy Snow to Glacier Ice  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this activity, students build on their growing knowledge of ice and glacier growth. The students examine images of core samples and make observations about the decreasing size of gas bubbles with increasing depth in the core. The students model permeability. From this experiment, they will develop an understanding of the movement of air through snow and ice and why this information is critical to researchers studying the past climate of our Earth.

Sharon Shutey

247

Antarctica: measuring glacier velocity from satellite images  

SciTech Connect

Many Landsat images of Antarctica show distinctive flow and crevasse features in the floating part of ice streams and outlet glaciers immediately below their grounding zones. Some of the features, which move with the glacier or ice stream, remain visible over many years and thus allow time-lapse measurements of ice velocities. Measurements taken from Landsat images of features on Byrd Glacier agree well with detailed ground and aerial observations. The satellite-image technique thus offers a rapid and cost-effective method of obtaining average velocities, to a first order of accuracy, of many ice streams and outlet glaciers near their termini.

Lucchitta, B.K.; Ferguson, H.M.

1986-11-28

248

Internationally coordinated glacier monitoring: strategy and datasets  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Internationally coordinated monitoring of long-term glacier changes provide key indicator data about global climate change and began in the year 1894 as an internationally coordinated effort to establish standardized observations. Today, world-wide monitoring of glaciers and ice caps is embedded within the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as an important Essential Climate Variable (ECV). The Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G) was established in 1999 with the task of coordinating measurements and to ensure the continuous development and adaptation of the international strategies to the long-term needs of users in science and policy. The basic monitoring principles must be relevant, feasible, comprehensive and understandable to a wider scientific community as well as to policy makers and the general public. Data access has to be free and unrestricted, the quality of the standardized and calibrated data must be high and a combination of detailed process studies at selected field sites with global coverage by satellite remote sensing is envisaged. Recently a GTN-G Steering Committee was established to guide and advise the operational bodies responsible for the international glacier monitoring, which are the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) initiative. Several online databases containing a wealth of diverse data types having different levels of detail and global coverage provide fast access to continuously updated information on glacier fluctuation and inventory data. For world-wide inventories, data are now available through (a) the World Glacier Inventory containing tabular information of about 130,000 glaciers covering an area of around 240,000 km2, (b) the GLIMS-database containing digital outlines of around 118,000 glaciers with different time stamps and (c) the Randolph Glacier Inventory (RGI), a new and globally complete digital dataset of outlines from about 180,000 glaciers with some meta-information, which has been used for many applications relating to the IPCC AR5 report. Concerning glacier changes, a database (Fluctuations of Glaciers) exists containing information about mass balance, front variations including past reconstructed time series, geodetic changes and special events. Annual mass balance reporting contains information for about 125 glaciers with a subset of 37 glaciers with continuous observational series since 1980 or earlier. Front variation observations of around 1800 glaciers are available from most of the mountain ranges world-wide. This database was recently updated with 26 glaciers having an unprecedented dataset of length changes from from reconstructions of well-dated historical evidence going back as far as the 16th century. Geodetic observations of about 430 glaciers are available. The database is completed by a dataset containing information on special events including glacier surges, glacier lake outbursts, ice avalanches, eruptions of ice-clad volcanoes, etc. related to about 200 glaciers. A special database of glacier photographs contains 13,000 pictures from around 500 glaciers, some of them dating back to the 19th century. A key challenge is to combine and extend the traditional observations with fast evolving datasets from new technologies.

Hoelzle, Martin; Armstrong, Richard; Fetterer, Florence; Gärtner-Roer, Isabelle; Haeberli, Wilfried; Kääb, Andreas; Kargel, Jeff; Nussbaumer, Samuel; Paul, Frank; Raup, Bruce; Zemp, Michael

2014-05-01

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Rapid submarine melting of the calving faces of West Greenland glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Widespread glacier acceleration has been observed in Greenland in the past few years associated with the thinning of the lower reaches of the glaciers as they terminate in the ocean. These glaciers thin both at the surface, from warm air temperatures, and along their submerged faces in contact with warm ocean waters. Little is known about the rates of submarine melting and how they may affect glacier dynamics. Here we present measurements of ocean currents, temperature and salinity near the calving fronts of the Eqip Sermia, Kangilerngata Sermia, Sermeq Kujatdleq and Sermeq Avangnardleq glaciers in central West Greenland, as well as ice-front bathymetry and geographical positions. We calculate water-mass and heat budgets that reveal summer submarine melt rates ranging from 0.7+/-0.2 to 3.9+/-0.8md-1. These rates of submarine melting are two orders of magnitude larger than surface melt rates, but comparable to rates of iceberg discharge. We conclude that ocean waters melt a considerable, but highly variable, fraction of the calving fronts of glaciers before they disintegrate into icebergs, and suggest that submarine melting must have a profound influence on grounding-line stability and ice-flow dynamics.

Rignot, Eric; Koppes, Michele; Velicogna, Isabella

2010-03-01

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Geomorphological and sedimentological record of accelerated deglaciation of small mountain glacier, Ragnarbreen, Svalbard  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Most of the Svalbrad glaciers have been in retreat since the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA). Hence, they give a good opportunity to study the geomorphological and sedimentological record of deglaciation. The aim of the study is to describe main landsystem elements of Ragnar glacier and relate them to different stages of the glacier recession. The Ragnar glacier is located in the Svalbard archipelago, in the central part of the West Spitsbergen Isle, in the north branch of Billefjorden. Ragnar is a small (~ 6 km2), outlet glacier, which current clean ice edge has retreated ca. 1500 m from the position related to the maximum LIA extent. Fieldworks of the study comprised detailed geomorphological mapping and sedimentary works. Four main elements of the landsystem of the Ragnar glacier can be distinguished: 1) Clean glacier surface. Currently, the ice surface of Ragnar glacier is almost completely debris-free and with only several supraglacial streams. 2) Ice-marginal lake. The lake started to form after 1980 year. Since that time, its length has reached 1000 m. Distant (from the ice-edge) part of the lake is shallow (< 2 m) with several small islands. Part proximal to the current ice edge is deeper (up to 16 m) and devoid of islands. At the bottom of the lake some ice (probable of glacier origin) was detected. 3) Lateral moraines - were developed along the both valley sides, from frontal moraine complex - to ca. 2 km upward the glacier valley. 4) Frontal moraine complex. This complex comprises of several chains of ridges and depressions and is relatively distinct - elevated about 35 m above the valley bottom. The elements of the landsystem of the Ragnar glacier have undergone several transformations since the LIA maximum: 1) Formation of the frontal moraine complex can be related to the state of dynamic equilibrium of the glacier during the LIA maximum. During formation of the complex and shortly after it the main depositional agents were intense debris flows, which are recorded by thick covers of the old debris flow deposits. Nowadays, despite of ice-cores, frontal moraine complex is much more stable than the lateral moraines or ice-marginal lake. 2) As a consequence of lowering of the clean glacier surface and formation of the distinct lateral moraines, the debris delivering from the valley sides is limited only to very narrow zone of the glacier (i.e. only to the lateral moraine). 3) Accelerated recession of the ice mouth and limitation in delivery of debris from sides of the valley caused that amount of deposits released in the ice front is small. 4) Increasing amount of water flowing from the glacier was blocked by frontal moraine complex and the ice marginal lake was created. 5) The debris cover on the lateral moraines is relatively thin. In addition, as a consequence of the clean ice surface lowering, slopes of the lateral moraines are very steep. It causes that mass movement processes (especially debris flows) are ubiquitous. Contemporary, lateral moraines are the elements undergoing the most intense transformations. Observations made in the Ragnar marginal zone revealed spatial-temporal changes in distribution of the sediments and landforms. They also add some premises that in the first stage of deglaciation debris flow and other mass wasting processes are most common. In the later phase glaciolacustrine and glaciofluvial deposition also plays important role in transformation of landforms and sediments.

Ewertowski, Marek

2010-05-01

251

Ground-penetrating radar observations of winter snow accumulation on Alaska Glaciers.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Understanding the spatial variability of winter snow in glacierized watersheds is vital for estimating glacier changes, forecasting freshwater delivery to riverine and marine ecosystems and informing Earth loading models for studies of seasonal variations in crustal uplift. Accurately reproducing snow distribution within glacier-models still remains a challenge due to the difficulty obtaining in-situ measurements and large local or regional variability in snow thicknesses. Between March and July 2012, high frequency (200-500 MHz) Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) surveys designed to obtain spatially distributed measurements of snow accumulation, were collected on a number of different glaciers in south-central Alaska, USA. The surveys span a range of climatic zones including continental and maritime glaciers. Several modes of travel were employed, including helicopter-borne, snowmobile and ski-towed. Preliminary results from the Valdez Glacier suggest that the agreement between 200 MHz-GPR-derived snow-depth and 17 manually measured snow-depths is ± 10% using an estimated radar velocity of 0.22 m/ns, as one example. Additionally, GPR profiles in the accumulation areas showed firn-stratigraphy of previous summer surfaces, thus, making it possible to distinguish the elevation of the firn line and indicating that in the accumulation zone it may be possible to estimate annual net mass balance if density can be estimated. In this presentation we will illustrate the characteristics of snow accumulation on this suite of Alaska Glaciers as derived by GPR and discuss our results in terms of the usefulness and challenges associated with using GPR to determine the winter and annual mass balance of these glaciers.

Gusmeroli, A.; Wolken, G. J.; Arendt, A. A.; Campbell, S. W.; O'Neel, S.; Marshall, H.

2012-12-01

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Scientific visualization of glacier changes for public communication: the example of Findelengletscher, Switzerland  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The melting of glaciers and ice caps has been recognized as one of the best natural indicators for global climate change. In Switzerland, the early onset of both glacier research and detailed mapping of the country resulted in a wealth of historical material documenting glacier changes over the past 160 years. Fife years ago, the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg, along with the Swiss energy utility Axpo, launched the Glacier Laserscanning Experiment Obervallis (GLAXPO). In this project three laserscanning flights were performed on Findelengletscher in order to create high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM). These DEM provide a precise mapping of the glacier surface topography and serve as reference surface for the co-registration of past DEMs computed from digitized historical maps. In addition to that distributed numerical glacier models were run with ensembles of climate change scenarios in order to calculate glacier changes over the 21st century. The present work makes use of this great data pool for a scientifically correct visualization of 3-dimensional changes of Findelengletscher from AD 1850 to 2100 for public communication. We therefore collected ten different historical maps with the earliest dating from 1862 (plane survey sheet of the Dufour map). The pre-processing included georeferencing and digitalization of contour lines for the creation of different historical DEMs. Afterwards all historical DEMs were co-registered to one of the latest high resolution laserscanning DEM (from 2005). In between years with available DEMs, surface changes were interpolated linearly to create a sequence for the computer animation. For future developments, modeled glacier elevation changes where added/subtracted from the latest DEM (from 2010). Finally, two animations, showing glacier changes from 1850-2010 and 2010-2100, were composed and rendered in the animation program Visual Nature Studio 3. In cooperation with professional booth and model builders, these animations were set up as a glacier exhibit including an interactive touchscreen, a large panoramic view of the Findelen Valley, and an additional interactive monitor providing related background information in French and German. Beginning of 2013, the glacier exhibit was launched as permanent part of the Axporama visitor center and ready for more than 10,000 public visitors a year.

Rastner, Philipp; Jörg, Philipp Claudio; Huss, Matthias; Zemp, Michael

2013-04-01

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Glaciers. Attribution of global glacier mass loss to anthropogenic and natural causes.  

PubMed

The ongoing global glacier retreat is affecting human societies by causing sea-level rise, changing seasonal water availability, and increasing geohazards. Melting glaciers are an icon of anthropogenic climate change. However, glacier response times are typically decades or longer, which implies that the present-day glacier retreat is a mixed response to past and current natural climate variability and current anthropogenic forcing. Here we show that only 25 ± 35% of the global glacier mass loss during the period from 1851 to 2010 is attributable to anthropogenic causes. Nevertheless, the anthropogenic signal is detectable with high confidence in glacier mass balance observations during 1991 to 2010, and the anthropogenic fraction of global glacier mass loss during that period has increased to 69 ± 24%. PMID:25123485

Marzeion, Ben; Cogley, J Graham; Richter, Kristin; Parkes, David

2014-08-22

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Morainal bank progradation and sediment accumulation in Disenchantment Bay, Alaska: Response to advancing Hubbard Glacier  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Morainal banks are primary features at the margins of advancing and stable to quasi-stable temperate tidewater glaciers, yet their roles in glacier dynamics and terminus stability are poorly defined by submarine observations. Analysis of new and archival multibeam data and Landsat images of the advancing Hubbard Glacier, southeast Alaska, reveal that between 1978 and 2010 the ice face and morainal bank advanced together at an average rate of ˜34 m/yr, varying spatially and temporally between 14 and 80 m/yr. Morphological features including gullies and a boulder lag suggest cyclical deposition and gravitational erosion on the proximal slope of the morainal bank (15-18°), and possible ice pushing in an area without recent sedimentation. In contrast, the morainal bank of the nearby, quasi-stable (surging) Turner Glacier advanced steadily since 1978 by proximal sedimentation on the steep fjord wall below its hanging valley. Sedimentation in the deep (>220 m) basin of Disenchantment Bay increased from 0.88 m/yr spanning 1978 to 1999, to 1.22 m/yr thereafter. This change appears to be a combined response to glacier advance and sediment dispersal farther down-fjord, and to an increase in sediment yield from other glacial and non-glacial sources. Analysis of Hubbard Glacier illustrates the direct correlation between movement of the terminus and morainal bank in advancing the grounding line of a marine-terminating glacier, and that morainal banks provide a fundamental stabilizing role for advance into a deep-water fjord, compensating for changes in water depth at the grounding line.

Goff, John A.; Lawson, Daniel E.; Willems, Bryce A.; Davis, Marcy; Gulick, Sean P. S.

2012-06-01

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Englacial Drainage Systems in Himalayan Debris-covered Glaciers, and Implications for Supraglacial Lake Evolution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Rates of mass loss on Himalayan debris-covered glaciers are controlled by a complex web of processes, including melting below debris, melting of exposed ice, and calving around supraglacial lakes. Ablation rates around lakes are typically one to two orders of magnitude higher than beneath supraglacial debris, so the extent and lifespan of supraglacial lakes exert strong controls on rates of glacier downwasting. Using a combination of speleological observations of englacial conduits and ASTER image analysis, we show that there is a close coupling between lake evolution and englacial hydrology. Surface meltwater on Himalayan glaciers commonly drains via shallow englacial conduits, formed by the incision of surface streams that become isolated from the surface by roof closure ('cut and closure'). Cut-and-closure conduits are typically beneath less than 30 m of ice, where low rates of creep closure allow them to persist for several years even after active enlargement has ceased. How conduits affect lake life cycle depends on whether lakes are 'perched' or at 'base level'. Moraine dams at debris-covered glacier snouts determine hydrological base level for the drainage system. Lakes at elevations above the moraine dam (perched lakes) can drain when connections are made to active or relict englacial conduits, which offer lines of high hydraulic conductivity through otherwise impermeable ice. Englacial drainage of warm lake water can then cause significant conduit enlargement, roof collapse and glacier surface subsidence. Regions of subsidence, particularly where bare ice is exposed, can then act as nuclei for the formation of new supraglacial lakes. In contrast, base-level lakes cannot drain englacially. Conduits connecting with base-level lakes, however, can encourage rapid lake growth and integration, by providing lines of enhanced internal ablation. Links between englacial and supraglacial hydrology and conduit formation and collapse result in strongly non-linear mass loss of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and may be important on debris-covered glaciers in other regions.

Benn, D.; Gulley, J.; Thompson, S. S.

2011-12-01

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Supplementary Material: Glacier melt contribution to streamflow  

E-print Network

variations in the surface mass balance of 18 Svalbard glaciers from the Moderate Resolution Imaging of direct mass balance of Hintereisferner. Global and Planetary Change, 71, 13-26. Greuell, W., Kohler, J, J.-E. and Carenzo, M. 2008. A study of the energy balance and melt regime on Juncal Norte Glacier

Washington at Seattle, University of

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Recent acceleration of glacier thinning in Svalbard  

Microsoft Academic Search

Geodetic data comprising archive maps, contemporary lidar, and photogrammetric digital elevation models show that the rate of volume loss of two Svalbard glaciers, Midtre Lovénbreen (ML) and Slakbreen (SL), has accelerated in recent years. At ML, the thinning rate as averaged over the whole glacier has increased steadily over the latter part of the 20th century. The mean thinning rate

J. Kohler; T. D. James; T. Murray; C. Nuth; O. Brandt; N. E. Barrand; H. F. Aas; A. Luckman

2006-01-01

258

GLIMS: Progress in Mapping the World's glaciers  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) initiative has built a database of glacier outlines and related attributes, derived primarily from satellite imagery, such as from ASTER and Landsat. Each snapshot of a glacier is from a specific time, and the database is designed to store multiple snapshots representative of different times. The database currently contains outlines for approximately

B. H. Raup; S. J. S. Khalsa; R. Armstrong; A. Racoviteanu

2009-01-01

259

Using Metaphorical Models for Describing Glaciers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

To date, there has only been little conceptual change research regarding conceptions about glaciers. This study used the theoretical background of embodied cognition to reconstruct different metaphorical concepts with respect to the structure of a glacier. Applying the Model of Educational Reconstruction, the conceptions of students and scientists…

Felzmann, Dirk

2014-01-01

260

Muir Glacier and Muir Inlet 2003  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

This photo was taken in September 2003; in the 23 years between photographs, Muir Glacier has retreated more than a mile and ceased to have a tidewater terminus. Since 1980, Muir Glacier has thinned by more than 600 ft, permitting a view of a mountain with a summit elevation of greater than 4000 ft,...

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Glaciers in 21st Century Himalayan Geopolitics  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glaciers are ablating rapidly the world over. Nowhere are the rates of retreat and downwasting greater than in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. It is estimated that over the next century, 40,000 square kilometers of present glacier area in the HKH region will become ice free. Most of this area is in major valleys and the lowest glaciated mountain passes.

J. S. Kargel; R. Wessels; H. H. Kieffer

2002-01-01

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GLIMS Glacier Database: Status and Challenges  

Microsoft Academic Search

GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space) is an international initiative to map the world's glaciers and to build a GIS database that is usable via the World Wide Web. The GLIMS programme includes 70 institutions, and 25 Regional Centers (RCs), who analyze satellite imagery to map glaciers in their regions of expertise. The analysis results are collected at the

B. H. Raup; A. Racoviteanu; S. S. Khalsa; R. Armstrong

2008-01-01

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Components: The GLIMS Geospatial Glacier Database  

E-print Network

Components: The GLIMS Geospatial Glacier Database http://glims.colorado.edu/glacierdata/ Bruce Raup Table of attributes in query results Map of query results Selected glacier is highlighted Political of GIS data formats. Planned enhancements to the database itself include increasing the volume of data

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GIS-based glacier inventory of China  

Microsoft Academic Search

The project of the Glacier Inventory of China initialized in 1979 was just accomplished in 2000. This inventory was complied based on numerous LandSat TM images, aerial photographs, and topographic maps. More than 40 Chinese glaciologists made their great efforts in this work. With the newest statistics from the inventory, there are total 46,928 glaciers in China; the total area

X. Li; L.-Z. Wu

2003-01-01

265

Iceland Glacier Recession 1997 to 2000  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This animation is a close up zoom into largest area of glacier recesion at the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland. The data from 1997 is taken from Landsat 5 and the 2000 data is from Landsat 7. The Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland has been measured by Landsat to be receding since 1973. In 1997, Landsat 5 took several other images of the glacier. It was thought by some glacierologists that this particular glacier was receding quicker in the late 1990s than it did in the late 1980s or 1970s. After careful analysis Goddards Glacierologist, Dorothy Hall, concluded that the recession from 1997 to 2000 occurs at a similar rate to the recession between 1973 and 2000. It is extremely controversial whether or not this recession is caused by global warming.

Perkins, Lori; Hall, Dorothy

2001-04-09

266

Mapping Glacier Data and Photographs via GeoServer and Virtual Globes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Two extensively used glacier data sets include the World Glacier Inventory and the Glacier Photograph Collection. Both data sets are hosted at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. The World Glacier Inventory encompasses over 100,000 records of glacier data and the Glacier Photograph Collection houses approximately 9,000 digitized photographs. The online Glacier Photograph Collection has doubled

L. M. Ballagh; I. Wang; A. Wallace

2008-01-01

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Preliminary results of a radio echo sounding survey of the Recovery Glacier, Antarctica  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Recovery Glacier is draining about 8% of the East Antarctic ice sheet and feeds into the Filchner Ice Shelf. This ice shelf might be subjected in future to increasing basal melting (Hellmer et al., 2012) forcing potentially grounding line retreat. Compared to other areas in Antarctica this glacier is been surveyed very sparse and hence does not allow modeling studies yet. As many large and small subglacial lakes are present underneath this ice stream at different locations along the flow, the question of the influence of the lakes on ice stream genesis and ice stream dynamics arose. For investigating this influence by observation and subsequent modelling, an airborne campaign of the Alfred Wegener Institute was carried out in January 2014, covering the Recovery Ice Stream and two smaller glaciers merging with it, the Ramp Glacier and the Blackwall Glacier. The radar system uses a carrier frequency of 150MHz and a 600ns pulse. The survey includes several flights along flow lines in order to assess the basal roughness of the ice stream. Here we present the first preliminary data analysis.

Humbert, Angelika; Kleiner, Thomas; Steinhage, Daniel

2014-05-01

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Radio-echo sounding of Caucasus glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Accurate glacier volume and ice-thickness estimations are highly important for many glaciological applications. Recent glacier reduction is affecting local river discharge and contributes to the global sea level rise. However, direct measurements of ice thickness are very sparse due to its high cost and laboriousness. One of the glacierized mountain regions with a lack of direct ice-thickness measurements is Caucasus. So far data for several seismic and GPR profiles have been reported for only 3 glaciers from more than 1.7 thousands located in Caucasus. In 2010-2012 a number of ground base and airborne radio-echo sounding surveys have been accomplished in Caucasus Mountains using 20 MHz monopulse radar VIRL-6. Special aerial version of this ground penetrating radar was designed for helicopter-born measurements. The radar has a relatively long (10 m) receiving and transmitting antennas, which together with receiving, recording and transmitting devices can be mounted on a special girder, being suspended from a helicopter. VIRL-6 radar is light weight and can be quickly transformed into ground version. Equipment has been used on 16 glaciers including biggest glacier in Caucasus - Bezengi (36 km2) most of which have a highly crevassed surfaces and heterogeneous internal structure. Independent data were obtained also for two glaciers using ground version of the same VIRL-6 radar. In total more than 120 km of radar profiles were obtained. Results showed good agreement between ground and aerial measurements. Ice-thickness values exceeded 420 m for some of the Central Caucasus glaciers. Successful use of VIRL-6 radar in Caucasus opens up the possibility of using such equipment on different types of glaciers in polar and mountain regions, including temperate, polythermal and surging glaciers.

Lavrentiev, Ivan; Kutuzov, Stanislav; Vasilenko, Evgeny; Macheret, Yuri

2013-04-01

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Ice thickness measurements over Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers (PIG and TG) are the fastest measured glaciers in Antarctica and have been identified as the part of the West Antarctica ice sheet most prone to instability. However, the reasons for the rapid retreat of these glaciers have not been resolved due to insufficient data. In particular, the role of ice shelves in regulating the ice discharge of these glaciers has been a point of contention in the glaciology community. To help resolve this issue the Centro de Estudios Científicos (CECS) and NASA with the support of the Armada de Chile conducted four airborne remote sensing missions over the PIG/TG regions. In addition, two missions were conducted over the Antarctic Peninsula. The University of Kansas operated its Coherent Radar Depth Sounder (CORDS) to measure the thickness of the ice sheet in these regions. CORDS is a pulse-compression radar that has proven its utility in the glaciological surveys over Greenland. The combination of pulse compression and coherent processing has allowed us to obtain high-sensitivity and high-resolution in the along-track direction while keeping the transmitted power low. CORDS transmits a 140-160 MHz chirp signal with 200 Watts of peak power and has a vertical resolution of about 5 meters in ice. We used a four-element dipole array on either side of the wing to transmit and receive the radar signals. We successfully mapped the thickness of the ice sheet over 99% of the PIG/TG flight lines. In this paper we will provide a description of the radar, experiment and signal processing. We will also discuss samples results of the ice thickness, basal conditions and surface roughness.

Kanagaratnam, P.; Casassa, G.; Thomas, R.; Gogineni, S.

2003-04-01

270

Monitoring Glacial Advance and Retreat of the Skaftafellsjökull Glacier, Iceland  

Microsoft Academic Search

Visual documentation of glaciers can provide daily, seasonal, and yearly statistics concerning their advance and retreat, as well as contribute to historical record. Recognizing how glaciers change will improve glacier models, which leads to a better understanding of climate and ice-sheet interactions. Obtaining frequent images of glaciers can be difficult since they are often located in remote locations with rugged

Bryce L. Carmichael; Amber E. Smith

271

Results from the new Swiss Glacier Inventory 2000  

Microsoft Academic Search

For the new Swiss Glacier Inventory 2000 Landsat TM images from 1985, 1992 and 1998\\/9 were processed in a GIS environment. Thresholded TM4 \\/ TM5 ratio images were used to classify clean glacier ice and the combination with a DEM provided 3D glacier parameters. The 1973 Swiss glacier inventory was digitized and used as the base data set as well

F. Paul; A. Kaeaeb; M. Maisch; T. Kellenberger; W. Haeberli

2003-01-01

272

Black soot and the survival of Tibetan glaciers  

PubMed Central

We find evidence that black soot aerosols deposited on Tibetan glaciers have been a significant contributing factor to observed rapid glacier retreat. Reduced black soot emissions, in addition to reduced greenhouse gases, may be required to avoid demise of Himalayan glaciers and retain the benefits of glaciers for seasonal fresh water supplies. PMID:19996173

Xu, Baiqing; Cao, Junji; Hansen, James; Yao, Tandong; Joswia, Daniel R.; Wang, Ninglian; Wu, Guangjian; Wang, Mo; Zhao, Huabiao; Yang, Wei; Liu, Xianqin; He, Jianqiao

2009-01-01

273

Glacier Change and an Updated Glacier Inventory of Mongolia using Landsat 8  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Mountain glaciers and ice caps around the world are recognized as significant contributors to both global sea level and local and regional water resources, especially for arid regions. However, the remote and rugged nature of glaciers in many parts of Asia hinders their study. To complicate the picture, not only are glaciers in High Mountain / Central / North Asia exhibiting considerable regional variability in mass balance, but different measurement methods are painting significantly different pictures of glacier health. Mongolia provides a subset of the global glacier inventory which exemplifies low data availability and seemingly contradictory results. Based on previous studies, Mongolia is home to ~500 glaciers totaling ~650 km2, but these figures are quite rough. Regional glacier mass balance estimates vary from -2 × 1 Gt / yr to 3 × 6 Gt / yr. However, the glaciers are important to the local environment and agriculture, as Mongolian glaciers are estimated to store 10% of Mongolia's fresh water. The glaciers have lost ~6% of their area from the 1960s to the 1990s. Most recent studies of high mountain Asia (the large group of glaciated ranges between the Tien Shan, Qilian Mountains, and the Himalayas) show accelerated losses in recent years. Therefore, from within this uncertainty, we harness newly available data from Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager (OLI) to build an updated glacier inventory for Mongolia. Prior regional studies have focused of a variety of sub-ranges across many different epochs within the Altai (i.e. Munkh Khairkhan, Tavan Bogd, Turgen, Kharkhiraa, Munkhkhairkhan, Sair, and Tsambagarav Mountains); here, we unify the picture of recent change for all of Mongolia's glaciers (i.e., the additional glaciated areas eastward of the Altai). In addition to highlighting the ease and utility of Landsat 8's OLI, we will take advantage of a further suite of data (i.e. Landsat archival imagery, ICESat, ASTER, SPOT-5, or submeter imagery) to further document glacier change in the Mongolian Altai.

Pope, A.; Scambos, T. A.

2013-12-01

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Englacial hydrology of Annette Plateau, a temperate alpine glacier, Southern Alps, New Zealand.  

E-print Network

??The movement of water through temperate glaciers is important for understanding fundamental issues within glaciology. These include glacier induced floods, glacier dynamics and run-off prediction.… (more)

Schaller, Kolja

2013-01-01

275

Climate Change and Glacier Retreat: Scientific Fact and Artistic Opportunity  

Microsoft Academic Search

Mountain glaciers continue to retreat rapidly over most of the globe. In North America, at Glacier National Park, Montana, recent research results from Sperry Glacier (2005-2007) indicate negative mass balances are now 3-4 times greater than in the 1950s. A geospatial model of glacier retreat in the Blackfoot-Jackson basin suggested all glaciers would be gone by 2030 but has proved

D. B. Fagre

2008-01-01

276

Research Team Discovers First Evidence of Microbes Living in a Rock Glacier  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This NSF press release reports that scientists have discovered evidence of microbial activity in a rock glacier high above tree line in the Rocky Mountains, a barren environment previously thought to be devoid of life. Included in this NSF press release are links to all NSF affiliated pages.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

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36 CFR 13.1116 - Do I need a camping permit in Glacier Bay?  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

...30, camping within Glacier Bay as defined by this subpart up to 1/4 nautical mile (1519 feet) above the line of mean high tide without a camping permit is prohibited. The Superintendent may establish permit terms and conditions. Failure to comply with...

2011-07-01

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36 CFR 13.1116 - Do I need a camping permit in Glacier Bay?  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

...30, camping within Glacier Bay as defined by this subpart up to 1/4 nautical mile (1519 feet) above the line of mean high tide without a camping permit is prohibited. The Superintendent may establish permit terms and conditions. Failure to comply with...

2012-07-01

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Timing of recent accelerations of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica  

USGS Publications Warehouse

We have used Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data and sequential Landsat imagery to identify and temporally constrain two acceleration events on Pine Island Glacier (PIG). These two events are separated by a period of at least seven years (1987 - 1994). The change in discharge between two flux gates indicates that the majority of the increase in discharge associated with the second acceleration originates well inland (>80 km) from the grounding line. An analysis indicates that changes in driving stress consistent with observed thinning rates are sufficient in magnitude to explain much of the acceleration.

Joughin, I.; Rignot, E.; Rosanova, C.E.; Lucchitta, B.K.; Bohlander, J.

2003-01-01

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Holocene glacier and climate variations in western Norway: Evidence for early Holocene glacier demise and multiple Neoglacial events  

Microsoft Academic Search

Lithostratigraphic and paleobotanical studies suggest that the Jostedalsbreen ice cap probably disappeared during the early Holocene Hypsithermal interval (ca. 8000-6000 B.P.) and re-formed about 5300 B.P. The equilibrium-line altitude was lower than the modern mean equilibrium-line altitude between 2595 ±85 and 2360 ±80 B.P., between 2250 ±65 and 2150 ±80 B.P., between 1740 ±75 and 1730 ±75 B.P., between 1430

Atle Nesje; Mons Kvamme

1991-01-01

281

Alaska PaleoGlacier Atlas: A Geospatial Compilation of Pleistocene Glacier Extents  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Alaska PaleoGlacier (APG) Atlas is a recently released, web-based summary of Pleistocene glaciation across Alaska. Students can access a gallery of maps depicting the extent of glaciers during the late Wisconsin glaciation in Alaska as well as the maximum extent reached during the last 3 million years by valley glaciers, ice caps, and the northwestern Cordilleran Ice Sheet. a set of links is also provided to sites on galcial geology and glacial geospatial data.

William Manley

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Late Quaternary Glaciers and paleoclimate on the southwest Mediterranean coast of Turkey  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report an overview of Quaternary glaciers in Turkey, specifically on the southwest Mediterranean coast. Small-glaciated mountains exist on the western sector of the Taurus Mountain Range such as Akda? (36.54oN, 29.57oE, 3016 m). Forty-one moraine boulders from three glacial valleys on Akda? were dated with cosmogenic 36Cl. Valleys on the north side of the mountain were filled with few km long glaciers that terminated at elevations of about 2000 m above sea level (a.s.l). The oldest glaciers reached their maximum positions (2150 m a.s.l) by 35.1±2.5 ka ago (ka = 1000 calendar years). They readvanced during the global LGM and reached their farthest locations (2050 m a.s.l) by around 21.7±1.2 ka ago. Later, glaciers retreated and shortly stabilized during the Late Glacial at around 15.1±0.9 ka ago. Using the glacier modeling and paleoclimate proxies from the Eastern Mediterranean, we estimated that if temperatures during the LGM were 8-11 oC colder than modern, which is suggested by paleotemperature proxies from the region, precipitation on Akda? was up to two times more than that of today, in line with comparable estimation on southwest Turkey. Same model suggests that the central Turkey requires drier conditions, implying regional heterogeneity on LGM climates in Turkey.

Akif Sar?kaya, Mehmet; Ciner, Attila

2014-05-01

283

Glacier changes since Local Last Glacial Maximum in the South-West slope of Nevado Hualcán, Cordillera Blanca, Peru, deduced from moraine mapping and GIS-based analysis  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Anticipating and assessing hazards and risks associated with the shrinking of surface and subsurface ice in cold mountain chains is facilitated by empirical-quantitative data on present and past rates of change, as well as by a general understanding of related landforms and landscape evolution through time. Rock/ice avalanches and devastating outburst floods from glacial lakes indeed constitute a major cause of severe damage in populated mountain areas such as the Cordillera Blanca whose combination of tectonic, topographic and glaciological characteristics make it a threatened region. This study focuses on the Río Chucchún catchment above the city of Carhuaz, which was recently affected by a flood/debris flow from a rock/ice avalanche impacting a recently grown lake (Laguna 513). Traces left by past glaciations strongly affect the current geomorphodinamic behaviour of the catchment. For instance, a prominent sediment-filled glacial overdeepening behind Younger Dryas (YD) moraines (Pampa de Shonquil) with its retention function strongly influenced the chain of processes initiated by the outburst of Laguna 513. The aim of this study is to reconstruct earlier glacial phases in the SW slope of Nevado Hualcán (Río Chucchún catchment), in order to compile quantitative information on surface areas and Equilibrium Line Altitudes (ELAs). To do so, glacier stages were assigned to five different glacial phases, through photointerpretation and moraine cartography: 2003; 1962; Hualcán-I-LIA (15th to 18th centuries); Hualcán-II-YD (~12,5 ka BP); and Hualcán-III-LLGM (~34 to 21 ka BP). Glacial stages Hualcán-I-LIA, Hualcán-II-YD and Hualcán-III-LLGM present relative dating based on previous studies from different authors in the Peruvian Andes. Once glaciers were delimited, their surface areas and Equilibrium Line Altitudes (ELAs) were calculated. For ELA estimation three different methods were used: the mid-range elevation, the Accumulation Area Ratio (AAR), and the Area x Altitude Balance Ratio (AABR). The results show a decrease in surface area with respect to Hualcán-III-LLGM of 16% for Hualcán-II-YD; 50% for Hualcán-I-LIA; and 74% for 2003. With respect to 2003, ELAs shifted ~520 m since the Local Last Glacial Maximum (LLGM), ~470 m since a marked late-glacial stage (YD?), ~130 m since the Little Ice Age (LIA) and about ~100 m since 1962. If the changes are exclusively attributed to temperature effects, warming since LLGM can be estimated at some 3°C and since the maximum glacier extent of LIA at about 0.8°C. Such values are rather close to mean global temperature change during the corresponding intervals. Most of the ELA shift since LIA appears to have taken place during recent decades characterized by very rapid glacier shrinkage, although air temperature does not seem to have risen considerably during the last 30 years. These results along with other environmental and social approaches will contribute to a better understanding of impacts from climate change and glacier shrinkage in order to develop adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction strategies in the Peruvian Andes.

Giráldez, Claudia; Palacios, David; Haeberli, Wilfried; Úbeda, Jose; Schauwecker, Simone; Torres, Judith

2014-05-01

284

Application of GLIMMER-CISM to Pine Island Glacier  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We use a three-dimensional, first-order stress model to simulate the flow of Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica. Observed, ice-surface velocities are used to tune the basal traction field used in the model. Several different traction-slip laws are employed including linear viscous and plastic ones. The resultant flow model is then used to simulate the effects of various ice shelf thinning and ground-line retreat scenarios. Although, the majority of the experiments to be reported use a fixed grounding line location, we conduct some initial experiments where small changes in grounding line location are allowed to occur and feedback into the geometry of the ice stream and, therefore, its flow dynamics.

Payne, Tony; Price, Steve; Le Brocq, Anne; Gladstone, Rupert

2010-05-01

285

Modeling of subaqueous melting of Greenland tidewater glaciers using an ocean general circulation model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ice discharge from the Greenland Ice Sheet is mainly through tidewater glaciers that terminate in the ocean and whose near-vertical calving front is submerged in seawater. Subaqueous melting at the calving front is not only a direct mechanism for mass loss but also a possible trigger of glacier acceleration. We modified the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model (MITgcm) to include a subaqueous melting contribution at the calving front and the outflow of subglacial runoff at the glacier grounding line. Previous 2-D sensitivity studies showed that subaqueous melting is strongly dependent on subglacial runoff: it ceases when subglacial runoff is zero and increases sub-linearly with the flux of subglacial runoff. Subaqueous melting increases quadratically with ocean thermal forcing when subglacial runoff is low, but only linearly when subglacial runoff is high in the sensitivity experiments. We now apply this model to Store Glacier fjord in West Greenland, where oceanographic data (temperature, salinity, current velocity and sea floor bathymetry) were collected in August 2010. We run 3-D simulations with bathymetry measurement, and integrate the model with JRA25 atmospheric forcing, ECCO2 oceanic boundary conditions, and RACMO subglacial runoff. Subglacial channels are assumed to exist at discrete locations at the grounding line. The model results are compared with the oceanographic observation. This study helps us evaluate the ocean impact on subaqueous melting of Greenland tidewater glaciers and in turn on glacier mass balance. This work is performed at UCI under a contact with NASA Cryosphere ScienceProgram. We thank Michiel can den Broeke for RACMO daily subglacial runoff data.

Xu, Y.; Rignot, E. J.; Menemenlis, D.; Koppes, M. N.

2011-12-01

286

Edge equilibrium code for tokamaks  

SciTech Connect

The edge equilibrium code (EEC) described in this paper is developed for simulations of the near edge plasma using the finite element method. It solves the Grad-Shafranov equation in toroidal coordinate and uses adaptive grids aligned with magnetic field lines. Hermite finite elements are chosen for the numerical scheme. A fast Newton scheme which is the same as implemented in the equilibrium and stability code (ESC) is applied here to adjust the grids.

Li, Xujing [Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific/Engineering Computing, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2719, Beijing 100190 (China)] [Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific/Engineering Computing, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2719, Beijing 100190 (China); Zakharov, Leonid E. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Princeton, MS-27 P.O. Box 451, New Jersey (United States)] [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Princeton, MS-27 P.O. Box 451, New Jersey (United States); Drozdov, Vladimir V. [Euratom/CCFE Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom)] [Euratom/CCFE Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom)

2014-01-15

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Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana  

USGS Multimedia Gallery

Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA, a high mountain lake in an alpine setting. This lake is kept full of water mainly from precipitation runoff from the surrounding hills and, in the spring, from snowmelt....

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What Are the Physical Effects of Glaciers?  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This text explains how glaciers scour and grind the Earth's surface, and about the sorts of deposits they leave behind. Emphasis is on glaciation in the mountains and valleys of Vermont. Links to related topics are included.

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Distinct patterns of seasonal Greenland glacier velocity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Greenland Ice Sheet mass loss due to ice dynamics requires a complete understanding of spatiotemporal velocity fluctuations and related control mechanisms. We present a 5 year record of seasonal velocity measurements for 55 marine-terminating glaciers distributed around the ice sheet margin, along with ice-front position and runoff data sets for each glacier. Among glaciers with substantial speed variations, we find three distinct seasonal velocity patterns. One pattern indicates relatively high glacier sensitivity to ice-front position. The other two patterns are more prevalent and appear to be meltwater controlled. These patterns reveal differences in which some subglacial systems likely transition seasonally from inefficient, distributed hydrologic networks to efficient, channelized drainage, while others do not. The difference may be determined by meltwater availability, which in some regions may be influenced by perennial firn aquifers. Our results highlight the need to understand subglacial meltwater availability on an ice sheet-wide scale to predict future dynamic changes.

Moon, Twila; Joughin, Ian; Smith, Ben; Broeke, Michiel R.; Berg, Willem Jan; Noël, Brice; Usher, Mika

2014-10-01

290

Malaspina Glacier, Alaska, Perspective with Landsat Overlay  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Malaspina Glacier in southeastern Alaska is considered the classic example of a piedmont glacier. Piedmont glaciers occur where valley glaciers exit a mountain range onto broad lowlands, are no longer laterally confined, and spread to become wide lobes. Malaspina Glacier is actually a compound glacier, formed by the merger of several valley glaciers, the most prominent of which seen here are Agassiz Glacier (left) and Seward Glacier (right). In total, Malaspina Glacier is up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) wide and extends up to 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the mountain front nearly to the sea.

This perspective view was created from a Landsat satellite image and an elevation model generated by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). Landsat views both visible and infrared light, which have been combined here into a color composite that generally shows glacial ice in light blue, snow in white, vegetation in green, bare rock in grays and tans, and the ocean (foreground) in dark blue. The back (northern) edge of the data set forms a false horizon that meets a false sky.

Glaciers erode rocks, carry them down slope, and deposit them at the edge of the melting ice, typically in elongated piles called moraines. The moraine patterns at Malaspina Glacier are quite spectacular in that they have huge contortions that result from the glacier crinkling as it gets pushed from behind by the faster-moving valley glaciers.

Glaciers are sensitive indicators of climatic change. They can grow and thicken with increasing snowfall and/or decreased melting. Conversely, they can retreat and thin if snowfall decreases and/or atmospheric temperatures rise and cause increased melting. Landsat imaging has been an excellent tool for mapping the changing geographic extent of glaciers since 1972. The elevation measurements taken by SRTM in February 2000 now provide a near-global baseline against which future non-polar region glacial thinning or thickening can be assessed.

Elevation data used in this image were acquired by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, launched on February 11, 2000. The mission used the same radar instrument that comprised the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar that flew twice on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1994. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission was designed to collect three-dimensional measurements of the Earth's surface. To collect the 3-D data, engineers added a 60-meter-long (200-foot) mast, installed additional C-band and X-band antennas, and improved tracking and navigation devices. The mission is a cooperative project between NASA, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, and the German and Italian space agencies. It is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Washington, DC. Size: 55 kilometers wide x 55 kilometers distance (34 x 34 miles) Location: 60 deg N latitude, 140 deg W longitude Orientation: View North, 2X vertical exaggeration Image Data: Landsat Thematic Mapper false-color image Original Data Resolution: SRTM 1 arcsecond (30 meters or 98 feet), Landsat 30 meters (98 feet) Date Acquired: February 2000 (SRTM), 31 August 2000 (Landsat)

2003-01-01

291

Ocean properties, ice-ocean interactions, and calving front morphology at two major west Greenland glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Warm sub-polar mode water (SPMW) has been identified as a primary driver of mass loss of marine terminating glaciers draining the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) yet, the specific mechanisms by which SPMW interacts with these tidewater termini remain uncertain. We present oceanographic data from Rink Glacier (RG) and Store Glacier (SG) fjords, two major marine outlets draining the western sector of the GrIS into Baffin Bay over the contrasting melt-seasons of 2009 and 2010. Submarine melting occurs wherever ice is in direct contact with warmer water and the consistent presence of 2.8 °C SPMW adjacent to both ice fronts below 400 m throughout all surveys indicates that melting is maintained by a combination of molecular diffusion and large scale, weak convection, diffusional (hereafter called ubiquitous) melting. At shallower depths (50-200 m), cold, brine-enriched water (BEW) formed over winter appears to persist into the summer thereby buffering this melt by thermal insulation. Our surveys reveal four main modes of glacier-ocean interaction, governed by water depth and the rate of glacier runoff water (GRW) injected into the fjord. Deeper than 200 m, submarine melt is the only process observed, regardless of the intensity of GRW or the depth of injection. However, between the surface and 200 m depth, three further distinct modes are observed governed by the GRW discharge. When GRW is weak (?1000 m3 s-1), upward motion of the water adjacent to the glacier front is subdued, weak forced or free convection plus diffusional submarine melting dominates at depth, and seaward outflow of melt water occurs from the glacier toe to the base of the insulating BEW. During medium intensity GRW (?1500 m3 s-1), mixing with SPMW yields deep mixed runoff water (DMRW), which rises as a buoyant plume and intensifies local submarine melting (enhanced buoyancy-driven melting). In this case, DMRW typically attains hydrostatic equilibrium and flows seaward at an intermediate depth of ?50-150 m, taking the BEW with it. Strong GRW (? 2000 m3 s-1) yields vigorous, buoyant DMRW, which has sufficient vertical momentum to break the sea surface before sinking and flowing seaward, thereby leaving much of the BEW largely intact. Whilst these modes of glacier-ocean interaction significantly affect the ice-ocean interaction in the upper water column (0-200 m), below 200 m both RG and SG are dominated by the weak forced convection/diffusional (herein termed ubiquitous) melting due to the presence of SPMW.

Chauché, N.; Hubbard, A.; Gascard, J.-C.; Box, J. E.; Bates, R.; Koppes, M.; Sole, A.; Patton, H.

2013-11-01

292

Helical axis stellarator equilibrium model  

SciTech Connect

An asymptotic model is developed to study MHD equilibria in toroidal systems with a helical magnetic axis. Using a characteristic coordinate system based on the vacuum field lines, the equilibrium problem is reduced to a two-dimensional generalized partial differential equation of the Grad-Shafranov type. A stellarator-expansion free-boundary equilibrium code is modified to solve the helical-axis equations. The expansion model is used to predict the equilibrium properties of Asperators NP-3 and NP-4. Numerically determined flux surfaces, magnetic well, transform, and shear are presented. The equilibria show a toroidal Shafranov shift.

Koniges, A.E.; Johnson, J.L.

1985-02-01

293

Fuzzy Cognitive Maps for Glacier Hazards Assessment: Application to Predicting the Potential for Glacier Lake Outbursts  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers and ice sheets are among the largest unstable parts of the solid Earth. Generally, glaciers are devoid of resources (other than water), are dangerous, are unstable and no infrastructure is normally built directly on their surfaces. Areas down valley from large alpine glaciers are also commonly unstable due to landslide potential of moraines, debris flows, snow avalanches, outburst floods from glacier lakes, and other dynamical alpine processes; yet there exists much development and human occupation of some disaster-prone areas. Satellite remote sensing can be extremely effective in providing cost-effective and time- critical information. Space-based imagery can be used to monitor glacier outlines and their lakes, including processes such as iceberg calving and debris accumulation, as well as changing thicknesses and flow speeds. Such images can also be used to make preliminary identifications of specific hazardous spots and allows preliminary assessment of possible modes of future disaster occurrence. Autonomous assessment of glacier conditions and their potential for hazards would present a major advance and permit systematized analysis of more data than humans can assess. This technical leap will require the design and implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms specifically designed to mimic glacier experts’ reasoning. Here, we introduce the theory of Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM) as an AI tool for predicting and assessing natural hazards in alpine glacier environments. FCM techniques are employed to represent expert knowledge of glaciers physical processes. A cognitive model embedded in a fuzzy logic framework is constructed via the synergistic interaction between glaciologists and AI experts. To verify the effectiveness of the proposed AI methodology as applied to predicting hazards in glacier environments, we designed and implemented a FCM that addresses the challenging problem of autonomously assessing the Glacier Lake Outburst Flow Potential and Impound Water Upstream Flow Potential. The FCM is constructed using what is currently our understanding of how glacier lake outbursts occur, whereas the causal connection between concepts is defined to capture the expertise of glacier scientists. The proposed graph contains 27 nodes and a network of connections that represent the causal link between concepts. To test the developed FCM, we defined three scenarios representing glacier lake environmental conditions that either occurred or that are likely to occur in such highly dynamic environments. For each case, the FCM has been initialized using observables extracted from hypothesized remote sensing imagery. The map, which converges to a fixed point for all of the test scenarios within 15 iterations, shows reasoning consistent with that of glacier experts. The FCM-based cognitive approach has the potential to be the AI core of real-time operational hazards assessment and detection systems.

Furfaro, R.; Kargel, J. S.; Fink, W.; Bishop, M. P.

2010-12-01

294

Glacier, glacier lake and permafrost distribution in the Brahmaputra river basin  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glacier distribution, glacier changes, glacier lakes and their changes, and mountain permafrost occurrence are investigated and compared to climate scenarios in order to assess the influence of melting glaciers and degrading permafrost on the long-term runoff of the Upper Brahmaputra River. In this contribution we derive glacier inventories for three test areas in the Upper Brahmaputra River Basin based on semi-automatic classification of Landsat data of 2000 and supplementary ASTER data. The resulting glacier outlines are intersected with the glacier outlines of the Chinese Glacier Inventory from about the 1970s-1980s and compared to selected Corona satellite data from the 1960s. In total, an area loss of about 18% was observed over the period investigated. We estimate the according ice volume loss to be on the order of 20%. Using the Chinese Glacier Inventory and our inventory results we upscale the above glacier change to the entire Upper Brahmaputra River Basin. Glacier lakes are mapped for the boundary region between Bhutan and Tibet using 1990 and 2000 Landsat imagery. Changes in lake area are compared to the observed glacier changes. The permafrost distribution in the study region is estimated using regionally adapted versions of two empirical models, both originally developed to estimate the permafrost distribution on a regional scale in the Swiss Alps. One model (PERMAKART) applies a topo-climatic key, based on the relation between altitude above sea level, aspect, and permafrost probability. The second model (PERMAMAP) is based on a linear spatial relation between the bottom temperature of the winter snow cover (BTS), the mean annual air temperature (MAAT) and the potential direct solar radiation. Adaptation of the models is done through the inclusion of ground based meteorological data and validated using distribution patterns of rock glaciers. The latter are mapped from high resolution satellite data such as CORONA and Quickbird imagery. Both, the observed glacier changes and the modelled permafrost distribution are compared to climate simulations in order to estimate the recent and near-future climate change impact on the glaciers and mountain permafrost in the Upper Brahmaputra River basin.

Kääb, A.; Frauenfelder, R.; Hoelzle, M.; Sossna, I.; Avian, M.

2009-04-01

295

Regional Observations of Alaska Glacier Dynamics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Alaska glaciers contribute more to sea level rise than any other glacierized mountain region in the world. Alaska is loosing ~84 Gt of ice annually, which accounts for ~0.23 mm/yr of SLR (Luthcke et al., 2008). Complex glacier flow dynamics, frequently related to tidewater environments, is the primary cause of such rapid mass loss (Larsen et al., 2007). Indirect observations indicate these complex flow dynamics occur on many glaciers throughout Alaska, but no comprehensive velocity measurements exist. We are working to measure glacier surface velocities throughout Alaska using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) offset tracking. This work focuses on the Seward/Malaspina, Bering, Columbia, Kaskawulsh, and Hubbard Glaciers and uses a MODIS land surface temperature "melt-day" product (Hall et al., 2006, 2008) to identify potential links between velocity variability and summertime temperature fluctuations. Hall, D., R. Williams Jr., K. Casey, N. DiGirolamo, and Z. Wan (2006), Satellite-derived, melt-season surface temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet (2000-2005) and its relationship to mass balance, Geophysical Research Letters, 33(11). Hall, D., J. Box, K. Casey, S. Hook, C. Shuman, and K. Steffen (2008), Comparison of satellite-derived and in-situ observations of ice and snow surface temperatures over Greenland, Remote Sensing of Environment, 112(10), 3739-3749. Larsen, C. F., R. J. Motyka, A. A. Arendt, K. A. Echelmeyer, and P. E. Geissler (2007), Glacier changes in southeast Alaska and northwest British Columbia and contribution to sea level rise, J. Geophys. Res. Luthcke, S., A. Arendt, D. Rowlands, J. McCarthy, and C. Larsen (2008), Recent glacier mass changes in the Gulf of Alaska region from GRACE mascon solutions, Journal of Glaciology, 54(188), 767-777.

Burgess, E. W.; Forster, R. R.; Hall, D. K.

2010-12-01

296

Greenland's pronounced glacier retreat not irreversible  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent decades, the combined forces of climate warming and short-term variability have forced the massive glaciers that blanket Greenland into retreat, with some scientists worrying that deglaciation could become irreversible. The short history of detailed glacier observations, however, makes pinning the ice loss to either short-term dynamics or long-term change difficult. Research by Young et al. detailing the effects of two bouts of sudden and temporary cooling during an otherwise warm phase in Greenland's climate history could help answer that question by showing just how heavy a hand short-term variability can have in dictating glacier dynamics. Along the western edge of Greenland the massive Jakobshavn Isbræ glacier reaches out to the coast, its outflow dropping icebergs into Baffin Bay during the summer months. Flanking the glacier's tongue are the Tasiussaq and Marrait moraines—piles of rock marking the glacier's former extent. Researchers suspected the moraines were tied to two periods of abrupt cooling that hit Greenland 9300 and 8200 years ago, and that association was reinforced by the authors' radiocarbon and beryllium isotope analyses of the area surrounding the moraines. Beryllium-10 forms when cosmic radiation travels through the atmosphere and strikes the Earth's surface, with surface rock concentrations indicating how long it has been ice-free.

Schultz, Colin

2012-02-01

297

Glaciers in the Earth's Hydrological Cycle: Assessments of Glacier Mass and Runoff Changes on Global and Regional Scales  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Changes in mass contained by mountain glaciers and ice caps can modify the Earth's hydrological cycle on multiple scales. On a global scale, the mass loss from glaciers contributes to sea-level rise. On regional and local scales, glacier meltwater is an important contributor to and modulator of river flow. In light of strongly accelerated worldwide glacier retreat, the associated glacier mass losses raise concerns over the sustainability of water supplies in many parts of the world. Here, we review recent attempts to quantify glacier mass changes and their effect on river runoff on regional and global scales. We find that glacier runoff is defined ambiguously in the literature, hampering direct comparison of findings on the importance of glacier contribution to runoff. Despite consensus on the hydrological implications to be expected from projected future warming, there is a pressing need for quantifying the associated regional-scale changes in glacier runoff and responses in different climate regimes.

Radi?, Valentina; Hock, Regine

2014-05-01

298

Impacts of climate warming on alpine glacier tourism and adaptive measures: A case study of Baishui Glacier No. 1 in Yulong Snow Mountain, Southwestern China  

Microsoft Academic Search

Alpine glaciers usually feature with best hydrothermal condition in mountain climate, and present beautiful glacier scenery,\\u000a various glacier landforms, rich biodiversity, and easier accessibility, compared with continental glaciers or ice sheets.\\u000a Nevertheless, Alpine glaciers are more sensitive to climate warming, and climate warming has seriously affected Alpine glaciers\\u000a and surrounding environment. The quality and attractiveness of Alpine glaciers to tourism

Shijin Wang; Yuanqing He; Xiaodong Song

2010-01-01

299

What Influences Climate and Glacier Change in the Southwestern China?  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The subject of climate change in the areas of the Tibetan Plateau (TP) and the Himalayas has taken on increasing importance because of available water resources from their mountain glaciers. Many of these glaciers over the region have been retreating, while some are advancing and stable. Other studies report that some glaciers in the Himalayas show acceleration on their shrinkage. However, the causes of the glacier meltings are still difficult to grasp because of the complexity of climatic change and its influence on glacier issues. However, it is vital that we pursue further study to enable the future prediction on glacier changes.

Yasunari, Teppei J.

2012-01-01

300

RESPONSE OF GLACIERS AND GLACIER RUNOFF IN ICELAND TO CLIMATE CHANGE  

Microsoft Academic Search

Climate changes are likely to have a substantial effect on glaciers and runoff from glaciated areas in the Nordic countries in the future. Many glaciers and ice caps are project ed to essentially disappear over the next 100-200 years. As a part of the Nordic CWE and CE research projects, a dynamical ice flow model coupled with a degree-day mass

Tómas Jóhannesson; Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir; Helgi Björnsson; Finnur Pálsson; Oddur Sigurðsson

301

Glacier Change in the Western Himalayas: A Case Study of Suru Glacier, Northern India  

Microsoft Academic Search

Mountain glaciers are considered as primary indicators to monitor the impact of climate change on regional temperature and precipitation patterns. They are linked to the atmosphere through mass and energy exchange which determine accumulation and ablation throughout the year. Since the advent of satellite remote sensing and its data availability to researchers from 1972 onwards, mapping and monitoring of glaciers

Susanne Schmidt; Marcus Nüsser; M. S. Nathawat; S. Ghosh; A. C. Pandey

2010-01-01

302

The GLIMS geospatial glacier database: A new tool for studying glacier change  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Global Land Ice Measurement from Space (GLIMS) project is a cooperative effort of over sixty institutions world-wide with the goal of inventorying a majority of the world's estimated 160000 glaciers. Each institution (called a Regional Center, or RC) oversees the analysis of satellite imagery for a particular region containing glacier ice. Data received by the GLIMS team at the

Bruce Raup; Adina Racoviteanu; Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa; Christopher Helm; Richard Armstrong; Yves Arnaud

2007-01-01

303

2 -Equilibrium States 1. Thermal Equilibrium  

E-print Network

1 2 - Equilibrium States 1. Thermal Equilibrium Detailed balancing for interacting systems energy E1E2 = energy E2E1 Atomic Energy Levels Matter particles only "mechanical equilibrium" Matter + Radiation "thermodynamic equilibrium" ­ "TE" In TE, all distributions are homogeneous and isotropic

Sitko, Michael L.

304

4 -Equilibrium States 1. Thermal Equilibrium  

E-print Network

1 4 - Equilibrium States 1. Thermal Equilibrium Detailed balancing for interacting systems energy E1 E2 = energy E2 E1 Atomic Energy Levels Matter particles only "mechanical equilibrium" Matter + Radiation "thermodynamic equilibrium" ­ "TE" In TE, all distributions are homogeneous and isotropic, and can

Sitko, Michael L.

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New evidence for an ENSO impact on low-latitude glaciers: Antizana 15, Andes of Ecuador, 0°28'S  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Continuous monthly mass balance measurements from the ablation zone of Antizana 15 glacier in the Andes of Ecuador between January 1995 and December 2002 indicate a strong dependence on El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Over the 8-year period investigated, mass balance was negative all year round during El Niño periods but remained close to equilibrium (positive anomalies) during La Niña events. On seasonal timescales, mean ablation rates remain at a quite constant level all year round, but interannual variability shows much larger changes from year to year during the key periods February-May and September. This variability is caused by large differences that occur in the seasonal cycle during the two opposite phases of ENSO. Since ENSO is phase locked to the seasonal cycle with largest sea surface temperature anomalies around boreal winter, November-February, and the atmospheric response to ENSO is delayed by 3 months over the Ecuadorian Andes, year-to-year variations in mass balance are largest between February and May. Energy balance studies at the glacier surface indicate that high air temperature, which favors rain over snowfall, weak and sporadic snowfall, insufficient to maintain a high glacier albedo, low wind speeds, which limit the transfer of energy from melting to sublimation, and reduced cloud cover, which increases the incoming short-wave radiation, are the dominant factors related to El Niño, which tend to increase ablation. La Niña events on the other hand are characterized by colder temperatures, higher snowfall amounts, and to a lesser degree, more constant winds, factors which increase albedo and sublimation and therefore preclude melting at the glacier surface. The effects of ENSO variability are also important over the accumulation area, which represents up to 80% of the glacier surface during La Niña events (1999-2000) and 45-60% in El Niño years. Since the accumulation rates increase during these cold periods, the specific net balance and the dynamics of the entire glacier are strongly affected. Longer mass balance records than this 8-year period are needed for conclusive answers about the dependence of the Ecuadorian glaciers on ENSO variability, but initial results suggest that the response observed on Antizana glaciers is very similar to what has been observed previously during ENSO periods on Andean glaciers in the outer tropics. The seasonal dependence on ENSO and the physical mechanisms linking ENSO with mass balance variations on Antizana, however, are different from the response observed on Andean glaciers in the outer tropics.

Francou, Bernard; Vuille, Mathias; Favier, Vincent; CáCeres, Bolivar

2004-09-01

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Methodological approaches to inferring end-of-winter snow distribution on alpine glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

End-of-winter snow distribution is a key variable in terms of glacier mass balance. However, such measurements are typically rare and not adequately represented in today's mass balance models. A better understanding of processes governing preferential snow deposition and redistribution on glacierized surfaces is a prerequisite for a more reliable impact assessment of climate change on glaciers. We present measurements of snow accumulation distribution from the 2009/2010 season on Findelengletscher, Valais, Switzerland, a large alpine valley glacier (13.4 km2). Field data were obtained simultaneously in April 2010 from (a) manual snow probing, (b) airborne Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and (c) surface elevation changes given by two LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Digital Elevation Models (DEM). In this study, we aim at combining and comparing these data sources of point, line and area type. In-situ snow probings serve as ground reference. This data set consists of 463 point values covering the entire glacier elevation range. Additionally, snow density was measured in 13 snow pits across the glacier. The 500 MHz GPR survey was carried out from helicopter along 12.7 km of linear tracks providing about 10,000 evaluated traces. The surface elevation change based on LIDAR DEMs of Oct. 2009 and Apr. 2010 is corrected for the glacier dynamics using ice emergence velocity estimated with the 5-year average surface mass balance and observed geometry changes. This data source provides fully distributed spatial information on snow depth on a 1x1 m resolution grid over the entire glacier. The LIDAR-derived snow depth distribution differs from in-situ snow probings and the GPR-based data particularly in crevassed areas and due to difficulties in the spatial correction of glacier dynamics. These deviations are assessed by localizing error magnitudes and by their dependency on elevation. The GPR-based measurements reveal general problems of scale when comparing them with point-based snow probings on a rough surface such as on a glacier. This is addressed by a variogram analysis to detect possible systematic biases. Further, we compute the winter mass balance from the raw LIDAR surface elevation change and snow density measurements as 0.620 m water equivalent (w.e.). Extrapolating the snow distribution from the in-situ snow probings yields a higher winter balance of 0.780 m w.e. and allows a cross-validation with the GPR- and LIDAR-based data sets. Our results show that surface elevation change from LIDAR DEMs provides valuable information on end-of-winter snow distribution but has to be carefully corrected for glacier dynamics. Although not being truly distributed, the GPR-based data is reliable and unaffected by glacier dynamics. Thus, helicopter-borne GPR offers a straightforward and efficient tool for mapping the snow distribution on alpine glaciers. Cross-comparison of the three data sets indicates that the conventional method of extrapolating snow distribution from point probings might be subject to a systematic bias.

Sold, L.; Huss, M.; Hoelzle, M.; Joerg, P.; Salzmann, N.; Zemp, M.

2012-04-01

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Climate sensitivity of Tibetan Plateau glaciers - past and future implications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Tibetan Plateau is one of the most extensively glaciated, non-Polar regions of the world, and its mountain glaciers are the primary source of melt water for several of the largest Asian rivers. During glacial cycles, Tibetan Plateau glaciers advanced and retreated multiple times, but remained restricted to the highest mountain areas as valley glaciers and ice caps. Because glacier extent is dominantly controlled by climate, the past extent of Tibetan glaciers provide information on regional climate. Here we present a study analyzing the past maximum extents of glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau with the output of a 3D glacier model, in an effort to quantify Tibetan Plateau climate. We have mapped present-day glaciers and glacial landforms deposited by formerly more extensive glaciers in eight mountain regions across the Tibetan Plateau, allowing us to define present-day and past maximum glacier outlines. Using a high-resolution (250 m) higher-order glacier model calibrated against present-day glacier extents, we have quantified the climate perturbations required to expand present-day glaciers to their past maximum extents. We find that a modest cooling of at most 6°C for a few thousand years is enough to attain past maximum extents, even with 25-75% precipitation reduction. This evidence for limited cooling indicates that the temperature of the Tibetan Plateau remained relatively stable over Quaternary glacial cycles. Given the significant sensitivity to temperature change, the expectation is perhaps that a future warmer climate might result in intense glacier reduction. We have tested this hypothesis and modeled the future glacier development for the three mountain regions with the largest present-day glacier cover using a projected warming of 2.8 to 6.2°C within 100 years (envelope limits from IPCC). These scenarios result in dramatic glacier reductions, including 24-100% ice volume loss after 100 years and 77-100% ice volume loss after 300 years.

Heyman, Jakob; Hubbard, Alun; Stroeven, Arjen P.; Harbor, Jonathan M.

2013-04-01

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The History of the Glacier Facies Concept  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The concept of glacier facies developed as a result of physical measurements made in Greenland on repeated traverses that went inland from the west coast at two latitudes (77 N and 70 N) and north to south along the crest of the ice sheet. Snow pits and shallow cores showed discontinuities in physical characteristics that defined the facies boundaries. Some refinement have resulted from research in Antarctica and on Alaskan mountain glaciers. Thirty years after the facies were defined, based on field measurements, it was found that radar data (SAR) from satellites show the boundary between the percolation and dry snow facies in Greenland. They also show the percolation facies of the Greenland ice sheet to be the brightest radar reflector on earth. The dry snow facies is rare except on the major ice sheets (Greenland and Antarctica), but it is present on mountains that exceed 4000 m in Alaska and the Yukon. In particular, Mt. Wrangell, Alaska was selected for continued study of glacier facies because it has a large and accessible area above 4000 m. Mt. Wrangell has proven to have the full spectrum of glacier facies, and these can be seen on the SAR map of Alaska. Refinements in the definition of the lower end of the wet snow facies, to deal with a slush zone and a superimposed ice zone, resulted from Fritz Mueller's research on Axel Heiberg Island and from studies on the McCall Glacier of Alaska. Minor refinements in defining the dry snow facies resulted from comparing Antarctica and Greenland in places where mean annual temperature and accumulation rates were essentially equal. The glacier facies concept also provides a way of comparing the two polar regions and of speculating on the glacier facies that existed on the Pleistocene continental ice sheets.

Benson, C. S.

2001-12-01

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Global-scale modeling of glacier mass balances for water resources assessments: Glacier mass changes between 1948 and 2006  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers play an important role for freshwater resources, but in global-scale freshwater assessments, their impact on river flows has not yet been taken into account. As a first step, we developed a global glacier model that can be coupled to global land surface and hydrological models. With a spatial resolution of 0.5° by 0.5°, the glacier model HYOGA computes glacier mass balance by a simple degree-day approach for 50 m sub-grid elevation bands, modeling all glaciers within a grid cell as one glacier. The model is tuned individually for each grid cell against observed glacier mass balance data. HYOGA is able to compute glacier mass balances reasonably well, even those of summer accumulation type glaciers. Still, model uncertainty is high, which is, among other reasons, due to the uncertainty of global data sets of temperature and precipitation which do not represent well the climatic situation at glacier sites. We developed a 59-yr (1948-2006) time series of global glacier mass balance and glacier area by driving HYOGA with daily near-surface atmospheric data. According to our computations, most glaciers have lost mass during the study period. Compared to estimates derived from a rather small number of observed glacier mass balances, HYOGA computes larger glacier mass losses in Asia, Europe, Canadian Arctic islands and Svalbard. In accordance with the estimates, average annual mass losses have increased strongly after 1990 as compared to the 30 yrs before. The sea level equivalent of the melt water from glaciers is 0.76 mm/yr water equivalent after 1990 as compared to only 0.34 mm/yr water equivalent before. We computed an acceleration of glacier mass losses after 1990 for all world regions except South America, where the number of gauge observations of precipitation is very small after 1980.

Hirabayashi, Yukiko; Döll, Petra; Kanae, Shinjiro

2010-09-01

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Predicting the Effect of Mountain Glacier Recession on Water Resources: A Modeling Study on the Bow Glacier, Alberta  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Meltwater from alpine glaciers provides critical water supply for vulnerable populations in the western Andes, the Himalayas and the eastern Canadian Rockies. Glacier recession is of major concern in these climate-sensitive regions where we seek to predict changes in watershed hydrology in selected glacierized river basins. The overarching research question of this investigation asks: How have changes in headwater glaciers affected water supply reliability in those parts of the world where streamflow dynamics are most affected by glacier sources? Our approach uses a process-based model that incorporates snow, glaciers, soil, groundwater, vegetation, and topography. The model is a newly modified version of the spatially distributed hydrology model, DHSVM, in which we have added a dynamic glacier submodel. The glacier submodel is initialized with satellite remote sensing-derived maps of glacier extent and a digital elevation model. It assumes conservation of mass, solving the continuity equation for ice and assumes Glen's ice creep law, a sliding law, and the shallow ice approximation. The glacier model can also handle transport and melt-out of debris cover, ice rheology, and isostatic adjustment for long model runs. Using the Bow Glacier, Alberta as an example, this presentation will focus on recent advances in the integrated modeling of glacier and snowmelt runoff and state-of-the-art remote sensing of glacier extent from ASTER and Landsat.

Nolin, A. W.; Lettenmaier, D. P.; Clarke, G. K.; Naz, B. S.; Burns, P. J.

2011-12-01

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Observations of changes in ice flow of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ice thinning of 1-2.5 m/yr has been detected by altimeters on Totten Glacier, East Antarctica, with most thinning occurring on the fast flowing part of the glacier (2 m/yr), especially near the grounding line (1.5 m/yr). The cause of glacier thinning is unclear because it must involve either a change in surface mass balance or a change in ice dynamics or a combination of both. Here, we present an analysis of annual surface velocities of Totten Glacier spanning 2006 to 2010 from the Japanese Space Agency's Advanced Land Observation System (ALOS) PALSAR and 2011 from the German TanDEM/TerraSAR-X instrument; we also compare the results with observations collected in 1996 by the European Space Agency Earth Remote Sensing Satellite 1 and 2. We detect fluctuations in speed of up to ×20% (×300 m/yr) on the floating extension of Totten Ice Shelf. Ice velocity peaked in 2007, at 750m/yr at the grounding line and 1900m/yr at the ice front, and decreased thereafter. Local speed up is detected near the ice front in year 2010. The comparison with the 1996 is more challenging due to the very noise characteristics of the ERS and PALSAR instrument, but overall suggest only modest changes in speed from 1996 to 2006. A 5-15 km grounding line retreat has been detected from laser altimetry and ice-penetrating radar data acquired by Operation IceBridge. We conclude on the importance of changes in ice dynamics in controlling the pattern of ice thinning of the glacier.

Li, X.; Mouginot, J.; Rignot, E. J.

2013-12-01

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Can shrubs help to reconstruct historical glacier retreats?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the 21st century, most of the world’s glaciers are expected to retreat due to further global warming. The range of this predicted retreat varies widely as a result of uncertainties in climate and glacier models. To calibrate and validate glacier models, past records of glacier mass balance are necessary, which often only span several decades. Long-term reconstructions of glacier mass balance could increase the precision of glacier models by providing the required calibration data. Here we show the possibility of applying shrub growth increments as an on-site proxy for glacier summer mass balance, exemplified by Salix shrubs in Finse, Norway. We further discuss the challenges which this method needs to meet and address the high potential of shrub growth increments for reconstructing glacier summer mass balance in remote areas.

Buras, Allan; Hallinger, Martin; Wilmking, Martin

2012-12-01

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Columbia Glacier, Alaska, 1986-2011 - Duration: 0:29.  

NASA Video Gallery

The Columbia Glacier in Alaska is one of many vanishing around the world. Glacier retreat is one of the most direct and understandable effects of climate change. The consequences of the decline in ...

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Test of a simple glacier retreat parameterization for two Norwegian ice cap glaciers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In Norway, the ice cap glacier retreat will be an important phenomena under climate change projections and will largely influence water resources.Three new versions of a glacier retreat algorithm based on the parameterization proposed by Huss et al. (2010) are implemented and tested on the Distributed Element Water Model of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. After selection of the best performing algorithm version, the glacier retreat parameters of the model are calibrated on observed discharge and mass balance data for two ice cap glaciers in Norway: Nigardsbreen (maritime glacier) and Midtdalsbreen (semi continental glacier). The calibration performance is acceptable: ice thickness is reproduced with a Root Mean Square Error of 20 respectively 15 m for the two case studies; glacier annual mass balance is overestimated for negative years; daily discharge is reproduced with a Nash Sutcliffe performance criterion between 0.80-0.86 for the period of 1961-1990: Climate change projections are performed for these 2 glaciers using downscaled Regional Climate Models (RCMs) from IPCC A1B emission scenario for greenhouse gases. According to our results, these glaciers are going to decrease dramatically: the ice volume could be reduced by 70 to 80 % in 2100, the annual discharge could increase by 30% till 2070-2080. The annual daily regime can also be assumed to change: the simulation results show that the maximum discharge during summer will decrease whereas winter discharge will increase after a longer recession period in autumn. The beginning of the melting period will not change substantially. The model sensitivity of the applied glacier retreat parameterization (Huss et al. 2010) is analyzed with two approaches: 1/ comparing the ice volume evolution for all Huss parameters sets obtained through calibration in this study to the ones proposed in literature; 2/ varying one parameter after the other keeping the three others fixed. The evolution of the ice volume largely varies in function of the glacier retreat parameters and the parameter sets proposed in Huss et al. 2010 seem not to be able to capture the behavior of ice cap glaciers . From this study, the Huss parameterization implemented produced satisfying results and can be apply to ice cap in nordic countries for glacier retreat parameters calibrated. A classification of the ice cap could be necessary in order to widely apply this model without calibration process.

Alesina, Samuel; Beldring, Stein; Melvold, Kjetil; Schaefli, Bettina

2014-05-01

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Glacier Bay, Alaska, from the Ground, Air and Space  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This video contains a mix of live action video, stills, and computer animations of the Glacier Bay National Park in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Satellite mapping and imagery are used to show changes in the Glacier Bay area over a period of several years. Specific image processing techniques are discussed in relation to determining the evolution of glacier terminus points and in obtaining elevation data and how it is used to create fly-by visualizations of the area.

Cindy Starr

1996-02-23

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Columbia Glacier, Alaska: changes in velocity 1977-1986  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Columbia Glacier, a grounded, iceberg-calving tidewater glacier near Valdez, Alaska, began to retreat about 1977. Drastic retreat occurred in 1984, and by early 1986, retreat amounted to 2km. The glacier has thinned more than 100m since 1974 at a point 4km behind the 1974 terminus position. Between 1977 and 1985 the lower glacier ice velocity increased from 3-8m/d to 10-15m/d. -from Authors

Krimmel, R.M.; Vaughn, B.H.

1987-01-01

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Antarctic glaciers shrinking due to ice shelf collapse  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Mass and velocity measurements taken from satellites and airplanes between 1995 and 2004 were studied to determine if glaciers on the West Antarctic Peninsula were growing or shrinking. It was found that loss of glacier mass from melting and movement into the ocean exceeded snowfall accumulation for several glaciers on the peninsula. The authors propose that as the region continues to warm, the Wordie Bay glaciers will melt more quickly, causing sea level to rise.

Al., Rignot E.; Agu

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Measuring Greenland Glacier Dynamics with Remotely Sensed Data  

E-print Network

in 2000 [A] and 2004-5 [B]. [Howat et. al., 2005]. Helheim Glacier System GIS Workflow 1. Download 2. Mosaic 3. Project 4. Subset (or clip) ____________________________________________________________________________ 5. Repeat 1-4 for NIR 8...Measuring Greenland Glacier Dynamics with Remotely Sensed Data Steve Foga University of Kansas, Geography M.A. Student Photo by: Phil Pasquini The importance of studying glacier ice Study area Difference in ice velocity of Helheim Glacier...

Foga, Steve

2013-01-15

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Dendrochronology and Late Holocene History of Bering Piedmont Glacier, Alaska  

Microsoft Academic Search

Fluctuations of the piedmont lobe of Bering Glacier and its sublobe Steller Glacier over the past two millennia are reconstructed using 34 radiocarbon dates and tree-ring data from 16 sites across the glaciers' forelands. The general sequence of glacial activity is consistent with well-dated fluctuations of tidewater and land-terminating glaciers elsewhere along the Gulf of Alaska. Extensive forested areas along

Gregory C. Wiles; Austin Post; Ernest H. Muller; Bruce F. Molnia

1999-01-01

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Exploration of Uncertainty in Glacier Modelling  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

There are procedures and methods for verification of coding algebra and for validations of models and calculations that are in use in the aerospace computational fluid dynamics (CFD) community. These methods would be efficacious if used by the glacier dynamics modelling community. This paper is a presentation of some of those methods, and how they might be applied to uncertainty management supporting code verification and model validation for glacier dynamics. The similarities and differences between their use in CFD analysis and the proposed application of these methods to glacier modelling are discussed. After establishing sources of uncertainty and methods for code verification, the paper looks at a representative sampling of verification and validation efforts that are underway in the glacier modelling community, and establishes a context for these within overall solution quality assessment. Finally, an information architecture and interactive interface is introduced and advocated. This Integrated Cryospheric Exploration (ICE) Environment is proposed for exploring and managing sources of uncertainty in glacier modelling codes and methods, and for supporting scientific numerical exploration and verification. The details and functionality of this Environment are described based on modifications of a system already developed for CFD modelling and analysis.

Thompson, David E.

1999-01-01

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ICESat Observations of Southern Alaska Glaciers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In late February and March, 2003, the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) measured ice and land elevations along profiles across southern Alaska. During this initial data acquisition stage ICESat observations were made on 8-day repeat tracks to enable calibration and validation of the ICESat data products. Each profile consists of a series of single point values derived from centroid elevations of an $\\approx$70 m diameter laser footprint. The points are s4pakated by $\\approx$172 m along track. Data siets of 8-day observations (an ascending and descending ground track) crossed the Bering and Malaspina Glacier. Following its 1993--1995 surge; the Bering Glacier has undergone major terminus retreat as well as ike thinning in the abtation zone. During the later part of the 20th century, parts of the Malaspina thinned by about 1 m/yr. The multiple observation profiles across the Bering and Malaspina piedmont lobes obtained in February/March are being geolocated on Landsat images and the elevation profiles will be used for a number o scientific objectives. Based on our simulations of ICESat performance over the varied ice surface of the Jakobshavn Glacier of GReenland, 2003, we expect to measure annual, and possibly seasonal, ice elevation changes on the large Alaskan glaciers. Using elevation data obtained from a second laser, we plan to estimate ice elevation changes on the Bering Glacier between March and October 2003.

Sauber, Jeanne; Molnia, Bruce F.; Mitchell, Darius

2003-01-01

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Snow Cover Effects on Glacier Ice Surface Temperature Margherita Maggioni*{  

E-print Network

Snow Cover Effects on Glacier Ice Surface Temperature Margherita Maggioni*{ Michele Freppaz* Paolo.maggioni@unito.it Abstract Snowpack evolution and glacier ice surface temperatures were studied on the Indren glacier of an artificial increase in the snow density was evaluated. During the season rich in snow there was a prevalence

Williams, Mark W.

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Contrasting responses of Central Asian rock glaciers to global warming  

PubMed Central

While the responses of Tien Shan glaciers – and glaciers elsewhere – to climatic changes are becoming increasingly well understood, this is less the case for permafrost in general and for rock glaciers in particular. We use a novel approach to describe the climate sensitivity of rock glaciers and to reconstruct periods of high and low rock glacier activity in the Tien Shan since 1895. Using more than 1500 growth anomalies from 280 trees growing on rock glacier bodies, repeat aerial photography from Soviet archives and high-resolution satellite imagery, we present here the world's longest record of rock glacier movements. We also demonstrate that the rock glaciers exhibit synchronous periods of activity at decadal timescales. Despite the complex energy-balance processes on rock glaciers, periods of enhanced activity coincide with warm summers, and the annual mass balance of Tuyuksu glacier fluctuates asynchronously with rock glacier activity. At multi-decadal timescales, however, the investigated rock glaciers exhibit site-specific trends reflecting different stages of inactivation, seemingly in response to the strong increase in air temperature since the 1970s. PMID:25657095

Sorg, Annina; Kääb, Andreas; Roesch, Andrea; Bigler, Christof; Stoffel, Markus

2015-01-01

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Mass balance of three Svalbard glaciers reconstructed back to 1948  

Microsoft Academic Search

A simple model using upper-air meteorological variables in the NCEP-NCAR Reanalysis database is used to model seasonal components of mass balance of three glaciers in Svalbard. The model was originally developed for glaciers in North America, and has been applied to glaciers in Norway, Sweden and Iceland. Over the period for which mass balance data are available for the three

L. A. Rasmussen; J. Kohler

2007-01-01

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Glaciers and their contribution to sea level change  

Microsoft Academic Search

Increased melting of glaciers and ice caps, excluding Greenland and Antarctica, will probably represent the second largest contribution to global sea level rise by 2100. The temperature sensitivity of sea level rise depends upon the global distribution of glacier areas, the temperature sensitivity of glacier mass balance in each region, the expected change of climate in each region, and changes

Roger J. Braithwaite; Sarah C. B. Raper

2002-01-01

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Contrasting responses of Central Asian rock glaciers to global warming.  

PubMed

While the responses of Tien Shan glaciers - and glaciers elsewhere - to climatic changes are becoming increasingly well understood, this is less the case for permafrost in general and for rock glaciers in particular. We use a novel approach to describe the climate sensitivity of rock glaciers and to reconstruct periods of high and low rock glacier activity in the Tien Shan since 1895. Using more than 1500 growth anomalies from 280 trees growing on rock glacier bodies, repeat aerial photography from Soviet archives and high-resolution satellite imagery, we present here the world's longest record of rock glacier movements. We also demonstrate that the rock glaciers exhibit synchronous periods of activity at decadal timescales. Despite the complex energy-balance processes on rock glaciers, periods of enhanced activity coincide with warm summers, and the annual mass balance of Tuyuksu glacier fluctuates asynchronously with rock glacier activity. At multi-decadal timescales, however, the investigated rock glaciers exhibit site-specific trends reflecting different stages of inactivation, seemingly in response to the strong increase in air temperature since the 1970s. PMID:25657095

Sorg, Annina; Kääb, Andreas; Roesch, Andrea; Bigler, Christof; Stoffel, Markus

2015-01-01

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Extracting a Climate Signal from 169 Glacier Records  

Microsoft Academic Search

I constructed a temperature history for different parts of the world from 169 glacier length records. Using a first-order theory of glacier dynamics, I related changes in glacier length to changes in temperature. The derived temperature histories are fully independent of proxy and instrumental data used in earlier reconstructions. Moderate global warming started in the middle of the 19th century.

J. Oerlemans

2005-01-01

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Rapid disintegration of Alpine glaciers observed with satellite data  

Microsoft Academic Search

Analyses of multispectral satellite data indicate accelerated glacier decline around the globe since the 1980s. By using digitized glacier outlines inferred from the 1973 inventory and Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) satellite data from 1985 to 1999, we obtained area changes of about 930 Alpine glaciers. The 18% area reduction as observed for the period 1985 to 1999 (-1.3% a-1) corresponds

Frank Paul; Andreas Kääb; Max Maisch; Tobias Kellenberger; Wilfried Haeberli

2004-01-01

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The physical basis of glacier volume-area scaling  

Microsoft Academic Search

Ice volumes are known for only a few of the roughly 160,000 glaciers worldwide but are important components of many climate and sea level studies which require water flux estimates. A scaling analysis of the mass and momentum conservation equations shows that glacier volumes can be related by a power law to more easily observed glacier surface areas. The relationship

David B. Bahr; Mark F. Meier; Scott D. Peckham

1997-01-01

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Glacier melt contribution to streamflow1 Neil Schaner1  

E-print Network

1 Glacier melt contribution to streamflow1 Neil Schaner1 , Nathalie Voisin2 , Bart Nijssen1), the global contribution of glaciers to water supply is33 not well known (Armstrong, 2010). While some vulnerability. Armstrong (2010) summarizes the current state41 of understanding of glacier contributions

Washington at Seattle, University of

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WATER FLOW THROUGH TEMPERATE GLACIERS Andrew G. Fountain1  

E-print Network

WATER FLOW THROUGH TEMPERATE GLACIERS Andrew G. Fountain1 Department of Geology Portland State, Washington Abstract. Understanding water movement through a glacier is fundamental to several critical issues glacierized drainage basins. To this end we have synthesized a conceptual model of water movement through

Fountain, Andrew G.

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Historic Glacier Change using a GIS: Progress and problems  

Microsoft Academic Search

We are exploring the potential wealth of information on glacier extent and topography contained in historic maps. If successful, we can examine the spatial and temporal patterns of historic glacier change where glaciological studies are typically absent. Our project is focused on the American West and data on glacier extent and topography is derived from aerial and ground-based photographs, paper

F. Granshaw; A. G. Fountain; D. Percy; A. Ebnet

2004-01-01

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GLACIER MONITORING FROM ASTER IMAGERY: ACCURACY AND APPLICATIONS  

E-print Network

GLACIER MONITORING FROM ASTER IMAGERY: ACCURACY AND APPLICATIONS A. Kääb1 , C. Huggel1 , F. Paul1 and Reflection Radiometer) on board the Terra satellite offers new possibilities for worldwide glacier monitoring be expected. (b) Automatic glacier mapping using the ASTER bands 3 (15 m resolution) and 4 (30 m resolution

Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky Universität

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Combined technologies allow rapid analysis of glacier changes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Monitoring of glacier changes plays an important role within the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) [Haeberli et al., 2000] and Landsat imagery has proven to be a useful tool for monitoring glacier changes over large and remote areas [Aniya et al., 1996; Li et al., 1998]. An accurate glacier map can be obtained by simple segmentation of a ratio image

Frank Paul

2002-01-01

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Rapid disintegration of Alpine glaciers observed with satellite data  

Microsoft Academic Search

Analyses of multispectral satellite data indicate accelerated glacier decline around the globe since the 1980s. By using digitized glacier outlines inferred from the 1973 inventory and Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) satellite data from 1985 to 1999, we obtained area changes of about 930 Alpine glaciers. The 18% area reduction as observed for the period 1985 to 1999 (?1.3% a?1) corresponds

Frank Paul; Andreas Kääb; Max Maisch; Tobias Kellenberger; Wilfried Haeberli

2004-01-01

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Global-scale modeling of glacier mass balances for water resources assessments: Glacier mass changes between 1948 and 2006  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glaciers play an important role for freshwater resources, but in global-scale freshwater assessments, their impact on river flows has not yet been taken into account. As a first step, we developed a global glacier model that can be coupled to global land surface and hydrological models. With a spatial resolution of 0.5° by 0.5°, the glacier model HYOGA computes glacier

Yukiko Hirabayashi; Petra Döll; Shinjiro Kanae

2010-01-01

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Malaspina Glacier, Alaska, Anaglyph with Landsat Overlay  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This anaglyph view of Malaspina Glacier in southeastern Alaska was created from a Landsat satellite image and an elevation model generated by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). Malaspina Glacier is considered the classic example of a piedmont glacier. Piedmont glaciers occur where valley glaciers exit a mountain range onto broad lowlands, are no longer laterally confined, and spread to become wide lobes. Malaspina Glacier is actually a compound glacier, formed by the merger of several valley glaciers, the most prominent of which seen here are Agassiz Glacier (left) and Seward Glacier (right). In total, Malaspina Glacier is up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) wide and extends up to 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the mountain front nearly to the sea.

Glaciers erode rocks, carry them down slope, and deposit them at the edge of the melting ice, typically in elongated piles called moraines. The moraine patterns at Malaspina Glacier are quite spectacular in that they have huge contortions that result from the glacier crinkling as it gets pushed from behind by the faster-moving valley glaciers.

Numerous other features of the glaciers and the adjacent terrain are clearly seen when viewing this image at full resolution. The series of tonal arcs on Agassiz Glacier's extension onto the piedmont are called 'ogives.' These arcs are believed to be seasonal features created by deformation of the glacier as it passes over bedrock irregularities at differing speeds through the year. Assuming one light-and-dark ogive pair per year, the rate of motion of the glacial ice can be estimated (in this case, about 200 meters per year where the ogives are most prominent). Just to the west, moraine deposits abut the eroded bedrock terrain, forming a natural dam that has created a lake. Near the northwest corner of the scene, a recent landslide has deposited rock debris atop a small glacier. Sinkholes are common in many areas of the moraine deposits. The sinkholes form when blocks of ice are caught up in the deposits and then melt, locally collapsing the deposit. The combination of Landsat imagery and SRTM elevation data used in this stereoscopic display is very effective in visualizing these and other features of this terrain.

The stereoscopic effect of this anaglyph was created by registering a Landsat image to the SRTM elevation model and then generating two differing perspectives, one for each eye. When viewed through special glasses, the result is a vertically exaggerated view of the Earth's surface in its full three dimensions. Anaglyph glasses cover the left eye with a red filter and cover the right eye with a blue filter.

Landsat has been providing visible and infrared views of the Earth since 1972. SRTM elevation data matches the 30-meter (98-foot) resolution of most Landsat images and substantially helps in analyzing the large and growing Landsat image archive.

Elevation data used in this image were acquired by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, launched on February 11, 2000. The mission used the same radar instrument that comprised the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar that flew twice on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1994. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission was designed to collect three-dimensional measurements of the Earth's surface. To collect the 3-D data, engineers added a 60-meter-long (200-foot) mast, installed additional C-band and X-band antennas, and improved tracking and navigation devices. The mission is a cooperative project between NASA, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, and the German and Italian space agencies. It is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Washington, DC. Size: 55 x 55 kilometers (34 x 34 miles) Location: 60 deg N latitude, 140 deg W longitude Orientation: North at top Image Data: Landsat Thematic Mapper visible and infrared band mix Original Data Resolution: SRTM 1 arcsecond (30 mete

2003-01-01

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Glacier volume response time and its links to climate and topography based on a conceptual model of glacier hypsometry  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glacier volume response time is a measure of the time taken for a glacier to adjust its geometry to a climate change. It has been previously proposed that the volume response time is given approximately by the ratio of glacier thickness to ablation at the glacier terminus. We propose a new conceptual model of glacier hypsometry (area-altitude relation) and derive the volume response time where climatic and topographic parameters are separated. The former is expressed by mass balance gradients which we derive from glacier-climate modelling and the latter are quantified with data from the World Glacier Inventory. Aside from the well-known scaling relation between glacier volume and area, we establish a new scaling relation between glacier altitude range and area, and evaluate it for seven regions. The presence of this scaling parameter in our response time formula accounts for the mass balance elevation feedback and leads to longer response times than given by the simple ratio of glacier thickness to ablation at the terminus. Volume response times range from decades to thousands of years for glaciers in maritime (wet-warm) and continental (dry-cold) climates respectively. The combined effect of volume-area and altitude-area scaling relations is such that volume response time can increase with glacier area (Axel Heiberg Island and Svalbard), hardly change (Northern Scandinavia, Southern Norway and the Alps) or even get smaller (The Caucasus and New Zealand).

Raper, S. C. B.; Braithwaite, R. J.

2009-08-01

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Glacier volume response time and its links to climate and topography based on a conceptual model of glacier hypsometry  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glacier volume response time is a measure of the time taken for a glacier to adjust its geometry to a climate change. It is currently believed that the volume response time is given approximately by the ratio of glacier thickness to ablation at the glacier terminus. We propose a new conceptual model of glacier hypsometry (area-altitude relation) and derive the volume response time where climatic and topographic parameters are separated. The former is expressed by mass balance gradients which we derive from glacier-climate modelling and the latter are quantified with data from the World Glacier Inventory. Aside from the well-known scaling relation between glacier volume and area, we establish a new scaling relation between glacier altitude range and area, and evaluate it for seven regions. The presence of this scaling parameter in our response time formula accounts for the mass balance elevation feedback and leads to longer response times than given by the simple ratio of glacier thickness to ablation. Volume response times range from decades to thousands of years for glaciers in maritime (wet-warm) and continental (dry-cold) climates, respectively. The combined effect of volume-area and altitude-area scaling relations is such that volume response time can increase with glacier area (Axel Heiberg Island and Svalbard), hardly change (Northern Scandinavia, Southern Norway and the Alps) or even get smaller (The Caucasus and New Zealand).

Raper, S. C. B.; Braithwaite, R. J.

2009-03-01

340

Exploring the links between transient water inputs and glacier velocity in a small temperate glacier in southeastern Alaska  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glaciers along the Gulf of Alaska are thinning and retreating rapidly. An important control on the rate at which ice is being lost is basal motion because higher glacier velocities increase the rate at which ice is delivered to ablation zones. Recent research has focused on understanding the effects of sub-glacial water storage on glacier basal motion. In this study,

M. Heavner; M. Habermann; E. W. Hood; D. R. Fatland

2009-01-01

341

Sequential Equilibrium and Perfect Equilibrium in Games of Imperfect Recall  

E-print Network

Sequential Equilibrium and Perfect Equilibrium in Games of Imperfect Recall Joseph Y. Halpern, 2008 Abstract Definitions of sequential equilibrium and perfect equilibrium are given in games of imperfect recall. 1 Introduction Sequential equilibrium [Kreps and Wilson 1982] and perfect equilibrium

Keinan, Alon

342

ASTER Imaging and Analysis of Glacier Hazards  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Most scientific attention to glaciers, including ASTER and other satellite-derived applications in glacier science, pertains to their roles in the following seven functions: (1) as signposts of climate change (Kaser et al. 1990; Williams and Ferrigno 1999, 2002; Williams et al. 2008; Kargel et al. 2005; Oerlemans 2005), (2) as natural reservoirs of fresh water (Yamada and Motoyama 1988; Yang and Hu 1992; Shiyin et al. 2003; Juen et al. 2007), (3) as contributors to sea-level change (Arendt et al. 2002), (4) as sources of hydropower (Reynolds 1993); much work also relates to the basic science of glaciology, especially (5) the physical phenomeno­logy of glacier flow processes and glacier change (DeAngelis and Skvarca 2003; Berthier et al. 2007; Rivera et al. 2007), (6) glacial geomorphology (Bishop et al. 1999, 2003), and (7) the technology required to acquire and analyze satellite images of glaciers (Bishop et al. 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004; Quincey et al. 2005, 2007; Raup et al. 2000, 2006ab; Khalsa et al. 2004; Paul et al. 2004a, b). These seven functions define the important areas of glaciological science and technology, yet a more pressing issue in parts of the world is the direct danger to people and infrastructure posed by some glaciers (Trask 2005; Morales 1969; Lliboutry et al. 1977; Evans and Clague 1988; Xu and Feng 1989; Reynolds 1993, 1998, 1999; Yamada and Sharma 1993; Hastenrath and Ames 1995; Mool 1995; Ames 1998; Chikita et al. 1999; Williams and Ferrigno 1999; Richardson and Reynolds 2000a, b; Zapata 2002; Huggel et al. 2002, 2004; Xiangsong 1992; Kääb et al. 2003, 2005, 2005c; Salzmann et al. 2004; Noetzli et al. 2006).

Kargel, Jeffrey; Furfaro, Roberto; Kaser, Georg; Leonard, Gregory; Fink, Wolfgang; Huggel, Christian; Kääb, Andreas; Raup, Bruce; Reynolds, John; Wolfe, David; Zapata, Marco

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Columbia Glacier in 1986; 800 meters retreat  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Columbia Glacier, in Prince William Sound, Alaska, continued its rapid retreat in 1986, with a retreat of 800 m. Average velocity of the lower portion of the glacier, 10 September 1986 to 26 January 1987, was three km/yr, or about one-half of the velocity during similar periods for the previous three years. This reduced velocity is a new development in the progression of the retreat, and if the calving rate follows the pattern of previous years, will result in continued retreat. (Author 's abstract)

Krimmel, R.M.

1987-01-01

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Rapid ice discharge from southeast Greenland glaciers  

E-print Network

Trans. AGU, 84(6), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract C32A-0418. Meier, M., and A. Post (1987), Fast tidewater glaciers, J. Geophys. Res., 92(B9), 9051–9058. Michel, R., and E. Rignot (1999), Flow of Moreno Glaciar, Argentina, from repeat-pass Shuttle Imaging..., ice sounding radar profiles were acquired by the NASA/University of Kansas radar [Gogineni et al., 2001] in east Greenland (Figure 1). In May 2003, new data were acquired across Helheim Glacier, at a higher elevation than in prior attempts which failed...

Rignot, E.; Braaten, David A.; Gogineni, S. Prasad; Krabill, W. B.; McConnell, J. R.

2004-03-25

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Prairies in the Prairie State : How Glaciers Shape the Land  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This hands-on activity demonstrates the abrasive power of glaciers carrying rocks and sand. Its purpose is to illustrate the concept that glaciers change the Earth's surface through the processes of erosion and deposition. Students construct model glaciers by freezing water with sand and pebbles at the bottom to represent the rock fragments carried by a real glacier. They then rub their 'glacier' across rocks of varying hardness to see what happens. Afterwards, they place the ice where it can melt and observe what happens to the sand and pebbles trapped in it. A materials list, procedures, and background information are supplied.

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Sensitivity of glaciers and small ice caps to greenhouse warming  

SciTech Connect

Recent field programs on glaciers have supplied information that makes simulation of glacier mass balance with meteorological models meaningful. An estimate of world-wide glacier sensitivity based on a modeling study of 12 selected glaciers situated in widely differing climatic regimes shows that for a uniform 1 K warming the area-weighted glacier mass balance will decrease by 0.40 meter per year. This corresponds to a sea-level rise of 0.58 millimeter per year, a value significantly less than earlier estimates.

Oerlemans, J.; Fortuin, J.P.F. (Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands))

1992-10-02

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Malaspina Glacier, Alaska as seen from STS-66 Atlantis  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Malaspina Glacier can be seen in this north-northeastern photograph taken in November, 1994. The glacier, located in the south shore of Alaska is a classic example of a piedmont glacier lying along the foot of a mountain range. The principal source of ice for the glacier is provided by the Seward Ice Field to the north (top portion of the view) which flows through three narrow outlets onto the coastal plain. The glacier moves in surges that rush earlier-formed moraines outward into the expanding concentric patterns along the flanks of the ice mass.

1994-01-01

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Contrasting response of South Greenland glaciers to recent climatic change  

SciTech Connect

A unique geographical configuration of glaciers exists in the Narsarsuaq district of South Greenland. Two large outlet glaciers divide into seven distributaries, such that each glacier system has land-terminating, tidewater-calving, and fresh-water-calving termini. Despite a similar climatic regime, these seven glaciers have exhibited strongly contrasting terminal behavior in historical time, as shown by historical records, aerial photographs, and fieldwork in 1989. The behavior of the calving glaciers cannot be accounted for with reference solely to climatic parameters. The combination of iceberg calving dynamics and topographic control has partially decoupled them from climatic forcing such that their oscillations relate more closely to glaciodynamic than glacioclimatic factors.

Warren, C.R.; Glasser, N.F. (Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom))

1992-05-01

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Modelling bed overdeepenings for the glaciers in the Himalaya-Karakoram region using GlabTop2  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Calculating ice thickness distribution and bed topographies for large glacier samples is an essential task to estimate stored ice volumes with their potential for sea level rise and to model possible future retreat scenarios of glacier evolution under conditions of continued warming. Modelling such bed topographies to become exposed in the near future by continued glacier retreat also enables modelling of future landscapes with their landforms, processes and interactions. As the erosive power of glaciers can form numerous and sometimes large closed topographic bed depressions, many overdeepenings are commonly found in formerly glaciated mountain ranges. Where such overdeepend parts are becoming exposed and filled with water rather than sediments new lakes can come into existence. GlabTop (Glacier bed Topography) has been used to model ice thickness distribution and bed topographies of large glacier samples. It is an ice dynamical approach, based on the assumption of perfect plasticity of ice, which relates glacier thickness to its local surface slope via the basal shear stress estimated for each glacier based on an empirical relation between shear stress and elevation range as a governing factor of mass turnover. From comparison with radio-echo soundings in the Swiss Alps, the uncertainty range of local ice thicknesses calculated with GlabTop is estimated at about ±30%. The spatial variability of ice depths, i.e. the glacier-bed topography, primarily depends on surface slope as provided by DEMs and is quite robust. For the entire Swiss Alps, GlabTop revealed a considerable number (more than 500) of (partly large) overdeepenings in the modelled glacier beds with a total area of about 50-60 km2 and a total volume of about 1.5-2.5 km3. A number of lakes have formed in such modelled overdeepenings during the past years and decades. To calculate bed topographies with their overdeepenings for the 28'100 glaciers of the Himalaya-Karakoram region the GlabTop-approach was modified and named GlabTop2. While the original approach relied on so called glacier branch lines that had to be digitized manually, GlabTop2 is fully automated and requires only a DEM and glacier outlines as an input. The result is the same: ice thickness distribution and bed topographies, which can be used for volume calculations and for model simulations concerning glacier retreat scenarios and future landscapes. According to the model output there are about 15'000 overdeepenings covering an area of about 2000 km2 and having a total volume of about 120 km3 (3-4% of the now existing glacier volume) in the Himalaya-Karakoram region. In a statistical analysis concerning the morphological characteristics of these overdeepenings, mean and maximum values of the parameters surface area, length, width, depth, volume, frontal/adverse slope and their statistical interrelations are determined with their corresponding uncertainty ranges and compared with a corresponding analysis for the Swiss Alps. While the modelled overdeepenings based on model runs with different data input differ in shape, the locations of the overdeepenings are robust and the values for the extracted parameters are comparable.

Linsbauer, Andreas; Frey, Holger; Haeberli, Wilfried; Machguth, Horst

2014-05-01

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Little Ice Age glaciers in Britain: Glacier–climate modelling in the Cairngorm Mountains  

SciTech Connect

It is widely believed that the last glaciers in the British Isles disappeared at the end of the Younger Dryas stadial (12.9–11.7 cal. kyr BP). Here, we use a glacier–climate model driven by data from local weather stations to show for the first time that glaciers developed during the Little Ice Age (LIA) in the Cairngorm Mountains. Our model is forced from contemporary conditions by a realistic difference in mean annual air temperature of -1.5 degrees C and an increase in annual precipitation of 10%, and confirmed by sensitivity analyses. These results are supported by the presence of small boulder moraines well within Younger Dryas ice limits, and by a dating programme on a moraine in one cirque. As a result, we argue that the last glaciers in the Cairngorm Mountains (and perhaps elsewhere in upland Britain) existed in the LIA within the last few hundred years, rather than during the Younger Dryas.

Stephan Harrison; Ann V. Rowan; Neil F. Glasser; Jasper Knight; Mitchell A. Plummer; Stephanie C. Mills

2014-02-01

351

Mount Cheops Cirque Glacier: Response of a Small Debris Covered Glacier to Climate Change  

E-print Network

for British Columbia. We are beginning to understand that our water supply. Rapidly receding glaciers are becoming an important water resource concern in the late twentieth century. Water is vital not only as a resource for human use

Smith, Dan

352

A complex relationship between calving glaciers and climate  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Many terrestrial glaciers are sensitive indicators of past and present climate change as atmospheric temperature and snowfall modulate glacier volume. However, climate interpretations based on glacier behavior require careful selection of representative glaciers, as was recently pointed out for surging and debris-covered glaciers, whose behavior often defies regional glacier response to climate [Yde and Paasche, 2010]. Tidewater calving glaciers (TWGs)mountain glaciers whose termini reach the sea and are generally grounded on the seaflooralso fall into the category of non-representative glaciers because the regional-scale asynchronous behavior of these glaciers clouds their complex relationship with climate. TWGs span the globe; they can be found both fringing ice sheets and in high-latitude regions of each hemisphere. TWGs are known to exhibit cyclic behavior, characterized by slow advance and rapid, unstable retreat, largely independent of short-term climate forcing. This so-called TWG cycle, first described by Post [1975], provides a solid foundation upon which modern investigations of TWG stability are built. Scientific understanding has developed rapidly as a result of the initial recognition of their asynchronous cyclicity, rendering greater insight into the hierarchy of processes controlling regional behavior. This has improved the descriptions of the strong dynamic feedbacks present during retreat, the role of the ocean in TWG dynamics, and the similarities and differences between TWG and ice sheet outlet glaciers that can often support floating tongues.

Post, A.; O'Neel, S.; Motyka, R.J.; Streveler, G.

2011-01-01

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Surface change detection in glacier regions using ALOS PALSAR data  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Mountainous glaciers are important water resources in the high mountainous region. The glaciers not only supply water for drinking and agriculture, but also produce energy in hydroelectric power plants to local communities. The recent rapid glacier retreat is at high risk for severe water shortage in the near future. And the melting water of glacier sometimes leads to landslide disaster or glacier lake outburst flood (GLOF). Actually, the debris flow happened and damaged the buildings at the valley of Pacuni glacier in Bolivia in December 2007. Consequently, the monitoring of the glacier regions is very important both to manage water resources and to mitigate the damage from landslide disaster. The Advanced Land Observing Satellite “DAICHI” (ALOS) has three sensors, two visible imagers and one L-band polarimetric SAR, and has been observing the land surface since 2006. This study discusses the availability of the Phased-Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) of ALOS for surface change detection in glacier regions in Bolivia. The observation by PALSAR is unaffected by weather. And this characteristic is the most important for the glacier monitoring. Some glaciers and their surrounding mountainous regions are selected as a test sites for this study and many landslides near Pacuni glacier were detected by Differential Interferometric SAR (DInSAR) technique using PALSAR data of ALOS.

Tomiyama, N.; Ono, M.

2010-12-01

354

Glacier dynamics at Helheim and Kangerdlugssuaq glaciers, southeast Greenland, since the Little Ice Age  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Observations over the past decade show significant ice loss associated with the speed-up of glaciers in southeast Greenland from 2003, followed by a deceleration from 2006. These short-term, episodic, dynamic perturbations have a major impact on the mass balance on the decadal scale. To improve the projection of future sea level rise, a long-term data record that reveals the mass balance beyond such episodic events is required. Here, we extend the observational record of marginal thinning of Helheim and Kangerdlugssuaq glaciers from 10 to more than 80 years. We show that, although the frontal portion of Helheim Glacier thinned by more than 100 m between 2003 and 2006, it thickened by more than 50 m during the previous two decades. In contrast, Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier underwent minor thinning of 40-50 m from 1981 to 1998 and major thinning of more than 100 m after 2003. Extending the record back to the end of the Little Ice Age (prior to 1930) shows no thinning of Helheim Glacier from its maximum extent during the Little Ice Age to 1981, while Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier underwent substantial thinning of 230 to 265 m. Comparison of sub-surface water temperature anomalies and variations in air temperature to records of thickness and velocity change suggest that both glaciers are highly sensitive to short-term atmospheric and ocean forcing, and respond very quickly to small fluctuations. On century timescales, however, multiple external parameters (e.g. outlet glacier shape) may dominate the mass change. These findings suggest that special care must be taken in the projection of future dynamic ice loss.

Khan, S. A.; Kjeldsen, K. K.; Kjær, K. H.; Bevan, S.; Luckman, A.; Aschwanden, A.; Bjørk, A. A.; Korsgaard, N. J.; Box, J. E.; van den Broeke, M.; van Dam, T. M.; Fitzner, A.

2014-08-01

355

Glacier mass balance of tropical Zongo glacier, Bolivia, comparing hydrological and glaciological methods  

Microsoft Academic Search

A glaciological program has been undertaken since 1991 on Zongo glacier in Bolivia (6000–4850 m asl, 2.4 km2, 16°S). This program involves mass balance measurements, hydrological studies and energy balance investigations. On outer-tropical glaciers, melting and snow accumulation are both maximum in the wet season (austral summer), whereas the dry season (winter) is a period of low ablation. Errors on each term

Jean Emmanuel Sicart; Pierre Ribstein; Bernard Francou; Bernard Pouyaud; Thomas Condom

2007-01-01

356

Glacier melting in a stratified ocean: Observations from outlet glaciers in Greenland (Invited)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Submarine melting is an important balance term for tidewater outlet glaciers in Greenland, and has emerged as a potential trigger for their recent acceleration, necessitating its inclusion in future prognostic ice-sheet models. Yet, our present understanding of the process is limited, largely because of a lack of measurements. Most existing studies pertain to tidewater glaciers terminating in fjords with shallows sills that allow the inflow of a single oceanic water mass. Greenland’s fjords, on the other hand, are characterized by deep sills and a vigorous fjord/shelf exchange which allows both cold, fresh Arctic waters and warm, salty Atlantic waters, present on the shelf, to come in contact with the ice. As a result, submarine melting of outlet glaciers in Greenland occurs in strongly stratified waters. Here, we present oceanographic measurements from three major East Greenland glaciers, including winter measurements, which show that this stratification and, in particular, the density contrast between the Arctic and Atlantic waters, give rise to multiple overturning melt cells (as opposed to a single estuarine cell) at the ice-edge. The resulting heat transport and melt rate vary strongly with depth suggesting that the ocean waters around Greenland exert a strong control on the vertical profile of the glacier’s terminus.

Straneo, F.; Sutherland, D. A.; Hamilton, G. S.; Cenedese, C.; Stearns, L. A.

2010-12-01

357

Chronology for fluctuations in late pleistocene Sierra Nevada glaciers and lakes  

SciTech Connect

Mountain glaciers, because of their small size, are usually close to equilibrium with the local climate and thus should provide a test of whether temperature oscillations in Greenland late in the last glacial period are part of global-scale climate variability or are restricted to the North Atlantic region. Correlation of cosmogenic chlorine-36 dates on Sierra Nevada moraines with a continuous radiocarbon-dated sediment record from nearby Owens Lake shows that Sierra Nevada glacial advances were associated with Heinrich events 5, 3, and 1. 27 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

Phillips, F.M.; Zreda, M.G.; Plummer, M.A. [New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (United States)] [and others] [New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (United States); and others

1996-11-01

358

Chronology for fluctuations in late Pleistocene Sierra Nevada glaciers and lakes  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Mountain glaciers, because of their small size, are usually close to equilibrium with the local climate and thus should provide a test of whether temperature oscillations in Greenland late in the last glacial period are part of global-scale climate variability or are restricted to the North Atlantic region. Correlation of cosmogenic chlorine-36 dates on Sierra Nevada moraines with a continuous radiocarbon-dated sediment record from nearby Owens Lake shows that Sierra Nevada glacial advances were associated with Heinrich events 5, 3, 2, and 1.

Phillips, F.M.; Zreda, M.G.; Benson, L.V.; Plummer, M.A.; Elmore, D.; Sharma, P.

1996-01-01

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Spatially distributed reconstruction of the surface mass balance of Pasterze glacier, Austria, employing a full Stokes model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Pasterze glacier is the largest Austrian glacier (17.7 km², 2003) based in the 'Hohe Tauern' region of the Eastern Alps. In the period from 1980 to 1997, surface mass balance (SMB) measurements were carried out by the Verbund-Austrian Hydro Power (AHP) Company. Since 2004 SMB measurements of the Pasterze glacier were reinstalled by the ZAMG using the glaciological method (stakes, snow pits,…). Current specific SMB rates correspond to a mean surface ice loss of ~1.5 m per balance year. Since 2005 kinematics of the ablation stakes have been determined through regular differential GPS surveys. Based on the high spatial sampling by the installed ablation stake network (~50-60 stakes), a high quality ablation and flow velocity data set has been gathered for the ablation area of the Pasterze glacier. As a next step we deployed a full stress computational model (http://elmerice.elmerfem.org) to investigate the dynamics of Pasterze glacier. We employed a high resolution digital elevation model (DEM) of the bedrock and high quality DEM's of the surface taken at different times (1969, 1998, 2012) as input for diagnostic simulations. After tuning the model parameters (e.g. sliding) to the in-situ determined dynamics, we reconstructed the spatial SMB distribution of the glacier and compared it to the measurements. The reconstruction of the SMB from diagnostic simulations can be an effective technique in order to - on top of measurements that usually are confined to centre-lines of glaciers - get additional information on the spatial SMB distribution by utilizing easier accessible surface DEM's as well as for SMB homogenization approaches.

Binder, Daniel; Zwinger, Thomas; Hauser, Beate; Hynek, Bernhard; Schöner, Wolfgang; Weyss, Gernot

2014-05-01

360

Surge of a Complex Glacier System - The Current Surge of the Bering-Bagley Glacier System, Alaska  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Understanding fast glacier flow and glacial accelerations is important for understanding changes in the cryosphere and ultimately in sea level. Surge-type glaciers are one of four types of fast-flowing glaciers --- the other three being continuously fast-flowing glaciers, fjord glaciers and ice streams --- and the one that has seen the least amount of research. The Bering-Bagley Glacier System, Alaska, the largest glacier system in North America, surged in 2011 and 2012. Velocities decreased towards the end of 2011, while the surge kinematics continued to expand. A new surge phase started in summer and fall 2012. In this paper, we report results from airborne observations collected in September 2011, June/July and September/October 2012 and in 2013. Airborne observations include simultaneously collected laser altimeter data, videographic data, GPS data and photographic data and are complemented by satellite data analysis. Methods range from classic interpretation of imagery to analysis and classification of laser altimeter data and connectionist (neural-net) geostatistical classification of concurrent airborne imagery. Results focus on the characteristics of surge progression in a large and complex glacier system (as opposed to a small glacier with relatively simple geometry). We evaluate changes in surface elevations including mass transfer and sudden drawdowns, crevasse types, accelerations and changes in the supra-glacial and englacial hydrologic system. Supraglacial water in Bering Glacier during Surge, July 2012 Airborne laser altimeter profile across major rift in central Bering Glacier, Sept 2011

Herzfeld, U. C.; McDonald, B.; Trantow, T.; Hale, G.; Stachura, M.; Weltman, A.; Sears, T.

2013-12-01

361

Glacier Change Investigation for Early Elementary Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Few opportunities exist for early elementary students to do inquiry or guided inquiry into topics dealing with climate change and glaciers. "Flubber" offers a simulation for the movement of glacial ice. It is inexpensive to make, stores well, and can be re-used. Students of all ages enjoy watching, measuring, and thinking about flubber and what it represents. As the interest in ice sheets continues to build, activities that both help to illustrate how glaciers move and provide a launch pad for student-driven investigations need to be available to teachers. With support from the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), a set of activities has been developed to provide opportunities for early elementary students to develop inquiry skills within the standards for early elementary grades bands in the National Science Education Standards. Lesson plans, instructions for making and using "Flubber", student worksheets, teacher guides with glacier and climate change information, and a chart of the National Science Education Standards applicable to the activities are available to elementary teachers wishing to introduce their students to glaciers and climate change.

Hintz, R. S.; Landis, C.

2008-12-01

362

Uncertainty in Glacier Mass Balance Measurements  

Microsoft Academic Search

Direct, field-based methods of assessing the mass balance of alpine glaciers are based on a set of straightforward measurements of density and surface height change. Measurement uncertainties are generally small relative to the magnitude of the measurement. However, the uncertainties become substantial because the measurements offset each other due to zones of snow accumulation and zones of ice and snow

A. G. Fountain

2005-01-01

363

Controls On The Incidence of Glacier Surging  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glacier surging is an internally triggered cyclic flow instability with fast flow during the active phase believed to result from extreme subglacial water pressure. Whether the surge is promoted and sustained by sliding at the ice-bed interface or deforma- tion of weakened subglacial material is unknown, hence the surge mechanism and associated controls remain elusive. Through the generation and adaptation

K. Hayes

2002-01-01

364

Glacier Surge After Ice Shelf Collapse  

Microsoft Academic Search

The possibility that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will collapse as a consequence of ice shelf disintegration has been debated for many years. This matter is of concern because such an event would imply a sudden increase in sea level. Evidence is presented here showing drastic dynamic perturbations on former tributary glaciers that fed sections of the Larsen Ice Shelf

Hernán De Angelis; Pedro Skvarca

2003-01-01

365

The Bay in Place of a Glacier.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The cultural resource specialist at Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska) explains the collaborative efforts of park staff and the Hoonah Tlingit to overcome language and cultural barriers in documenting park place names and clan oral history and traditions. The new park-community relationship, which follows decades of conflict, includes training…

Howell, Wayne

1997-01-01

366

Geology Fieldnotes: Glacier National Park, Montana  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Glaciers have played an important role in shaping this park, which is part of the Rocky Mountain chain and shares a border with Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park. Information on this site includes park geology, visitor information, photographs, and links to other resources.

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4, 173211, 2008 Climate and glacier  

E-print Network

~no-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is an important element of earth's ocean-climate system. To further understand its pastCPD 4, 173­211, 2008 Climate and glacier response to ENSO in subtropical Andes E. Dietze et al.0 License. Climate of the Past Discussions Climate of the Past Discussions is the access reviewed discussion

Boyer, Edmond

368

Asulkan Valley Avalanche Track, Glacier National Park  

E-print Network

Asulkan Valley Avalanche Track, Glacier National Park Penelope Simpson, Jessica Paramio Maciej with the use of these trails ranges from bear encounters to triggering an avalanche. As in many mountainous regions, a high avalanche risk exists in the park during the winter due to the steep, rugged terrain

Smith, Dan

369

The History of the Glacier Facies Concept  

Microsoft Academic Search

The concept of glacier facies developed as a result of physical measurements made in Greenland on repeated traverses that went inland from the west coast at two latitudes (77 N and 70 N) and north to south along the crest of the ice sheet. Snow pits and shallow cores showed discontinuities in physical characteristics that defined the facies boundaries. Some

C. S. Benson

2001-01-01

370

Edge function analysis of glacier mechanics problems  

Microsoft Academic Search

The edge function method is considered for the analysis of plane strain problems in glacier mechanics. The essence of the approach is the approximation of the solution by a linear combination of analytical solutions (based on the complex variable formulation of anisotropic elasticity) of the field equations. The unknowns in the linear combination are obtained from a system of equations

W. Tad Pfeffer

1997-01-01

371

Calibration of hydrological models in glacierized catchments  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glacierized catchments are important source regions for water, and detailed knowledge of water availability is a prerequisite for good resource management strategies. Reliable and physically consistent runoff simulations become even more important if climate change impacts on alpine water resources are to be assessed. However, hydrological modeling of glacierized catchments is challenging ice melt which represents an additional source of water. Thus, adequate calibration strategies are needed especially in data scarce regions. An important question is how powerful a limited amount of data might be for model calibration. Accordingly, we analyzed the calibration power of limited discharge measurements, mass balance observations and the combination of by means of both Monte Carlo analyzes and multi-criteria model performance evaluation. Ensembles of 100 parameter sets were selected by evaluating the simulations based on a limited and discrete number of discharge measurements, glacier mass balance, and the combination of discharge and mass balance observations. Using these ensembles then the runoff was simulated and evaluated for the entire runoff series. The results for the Vernagtferner catchment and the Venter Ache catchment in Austria indicated that a single annual glacier mass balance observation contained useful information to constrain hydrological models. Combining mass balance observations with a few discharge data improved the internal consistency and significantly reduced the uncertainties compared to parameter set selections based on discharge measurements alone. Information on discharge was required for at least 3 days during the melting season to obtain good ensemble predictions.

Konz, Markus; Seibert, Jan; Braun, Ludwig; Burlando, Paolo

2010-05-01

372

A Facies Model for Temperate Continental Glaciers.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses the presence and dynamics of continental glaciers in the domination of the physical processes of erosion and deposition in the mid-latitudes during the Pleistocene period. Describes the use of a sedimentary facies model as a guide to recognizing ancient temperate continental glacial deposits. (TW)

Ashley, Gail Mowry

1987-01-01

373

Spatial patterns of Holocene glacier advance and retreat in Central Asia  

Microsoft Academic Search

Glaciers in the southern Himalayas advanced in the early Holocene despite an increase in incoming summer solar insolation at the top of the atmosphere. These glacier advances are in contrast to the smaller alpine glaciers in the western and northern regions of Central Asia. Two different glacier mass-balance models are used to reconcile this Holocene glacier history with climate by

Summer Rupper; Gerard Roe; Alan Gillespie

2009-01-01

374

COMPARISON OF TM-DERIVED GLACIER AREAS WITH HIGHER RESOLUTION DATA SETS  

E-print Network

classification of glaciers and GIS-based extraction of glaciers and their 3D parameters from a DEM have been by investigating the methods required for automated glacier mapping from TM data in a GIS environment (7, 8 glaciers are shown after GIS-based intersection with glacier basins. Within the SGI 2000, TM

Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky Universität

375

Retreat of Pine Island Glacier controlled by marine ice-sheet instability  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Over the past 40 years Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has thinned at an accelerating rate, so that at present it is the largest single contributor to sea-level rise in Antarctica. In recent years, the grounding line, which separates the grounded ice sheet from the floating ice shelf, has retreated by tens of kilometres. At present, the grounding line is crossing a retrograde bedrock slope that lies well below sea level, raising the possibility that the glacier is susceptible to the marine ice-sheet instability mechanism. Here, using three state-of-the-art ice-flow models, we show that Pine Island Glacier's grounding line is probably engaged in an unstable 40km retreat. The associated mass loss increases substantially over the course of our simulations from the average value of 20Gtyr-1 observed for the 1992-2011 period, up to and above 100Gtyr-1, equivalent to 3.5-10mm eustatic sea-level rise over the following 20 years. Mass loss remains elevated from then on, ranging from 60 to 120Gtyr-1.

Favier, L.; Durand, G.; Cornford, S. L.; Gudmundsson, G. H.; Gagliardini, O.; Gillet-Chaulet, F.; Zwinger, T.; Payne, A. J.; Le Brocq, A. M.

2014-02-01

376

Retreat of Pine Island Glacier controlled by marine ice-sheet instability  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Over the last 40 years Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has thinned at an accelerating rate, so that it is currently the largest single contributor to sea-level rise in Antarctica. In recent years, the grounding line, which separates the grounded ice sheet from the floating ice shelf, has retreated by tens of kilometres. At present, the grounding line is crossing a retrograde bedrock slope that lies well below sea level, raising the possibility that the glacier is susceptible to the marine ice sheet instability mechanism. Here, using three state-of-the-art ice flow models, we show that Pine Island Glacier's grounding line is likely engaged in an unstable 40 kilometre retreat. The associated mass loss increases substantially over the course of our simulations from the average value of 20 Gt a-1 observed for the 1992-2011 period , up to and above 100 Gt a-1 equivalent to 3.5-10 mm eustatic sea-level rise over the following 20 years. Mass loss remains elevated from then on, ranging from 60 to 120 Gt a-1.

Durand, Gael; Favier, Lionel; Cornford, Stephen; Gudmundsson, Hilmar; Gagliardini, Olivier; Gillet-Chaulet, Fabien; Zwinger, Thomas; Payne, Anthony; Le Brocq, Anne

2014-05-01

377

52 glaciers and one lake: how to reconstruct past regional glacier variability  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Sediment records from distal glacier-fed lakes have been used in numerous reconstructions of past glacier activity, where the basic assumption is that the amount of minerogenic material deposited in the lake is directly proportional to the amount of upstream glacier erosion. However, the minerogenic component of the sediments in a distal glacier-fed lake is commonly derived from several different sources, not only subglacial erosion. Furthermore, glacier reconstructions tend to focus on individual mountain glaciers, which due to local effects might not always reflect regional scale glacier variability. Presently, certain high-resolution analysis techniques allow for fast multi-proxy analyses of sediment cores, which improve the basis for inferring the provenance of lake sediments; however, the only way of actually testing such inferences is to identify the different sediment sources in the adjacent catchment and characterize them using the same proxy measurements as in the lake core. Multi-proxy sedimentary fingerprinting techniques are labor-intensive, however, and proxies such as bulk geochemistry may prove of little use in differentiating between source areas if the bedrock lithology is uniform across the catchment. Here we present a simple method based on environmental magnetism that allow for tracking lake sediments to their sources in catchments where the bedrock lithology is uniform. Unlike ferro- and ferrimagnetic minerals, the magnetic susceptibility of paramagnetic minerals is inversely proportional to temperature. Thus, by measuring the bulk magnetic susceptibility (chi-Bulk) of a sediment sample both at room temperature (293K) and after freezing in liquid nitrogen (77K), the relative contribution from paramagnetic minerals to the total chi-Bulk can be inferred from the ratio of chi-Bulk77K over chi-Bulk293K. Theoretically, a ratio of 3.8 will indicate a purely paramagnetic sample, whereas progressively lower values reflect an increasing contribution from ferro- or ferrimagnetic minerals. We found that in the catchment of Nerfloen, a distal lake draining a large (440 km2) catchment in western Norway that contains 52 separate glaciers, there was a systematic decrease in the chi-Bulk77K/chi-Bulk293K-ratio with increasing altitude and proximity to the glaciers. We have not studied the magnetic mineralogy of our samples in detail, but infer from our data that the relative amount of paramagnetic minerals increase as soil formation progresses, thereby creating the contrasting ratios between samples collected at different altitudes. In the lake core we observe rapid shifts between sedimentary regimes dominated by high- and low-altitude source areas, which can best be explained by regional-scale growth and decay of mountain glaciers in the lake catchment.

Vasskog, Kristian; Paasche, Øyvind; Nesje, Atle; Boyle, John F.; Birks, H. John B.

2014-05-01

378

Rock glaciers in the South Shetland Islands, Western Antarctica  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Rock glaciers are found in the peripheral regions of Antarctica particularly in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Study of these features is relevant for the palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of maritime Antarctica because they are indicators of permafrost and periglacial conditions. This paper reports and analyzes the results of an inventory of rock glaciers and protalus lobes in the South Shetland Islands. Nine rock glaciers and eleven protalus lobes have been identified. All of them are located in recently deglaciated zones between 300 m a.s.l. and sea level and they cover an area of 497×103 m 2. Tongue-shaped rock glaciers are more common than lobate types, being in general of medium and small sizes. They are talus rock glaciers (55%) and debris rock glaciers (45%), according to the genetic classification. The lack of a preferred orientation suggests that there is no significant microclimate control on their distribution. They are related to particular morphodynamic situations. Estimated annual velocities, based on relationships with raised beaches and transported debris volumes, range between 2.4 and 97 cm year -1, within the ranges reported for other rock glaciers. Three groups of rock glaciers can be recognised: (a) those immediate postdating the last major ice recession, (b) rock glaciers younger than 2000 years BP but pre-dating the Little Ice Age (LIA), and (c) rock glaciers formed during the LIA.

Serrano, Enrique; López-Martínez, Jerónimo

2000-10-01

379

Determine equilibrium absorption rates  

SciTech Connect

Process engineers can predict quickly and accurately the equilibrium behavior of simultaneous H/sub 2/S and CO/sub 2/ absorptions in monoethanolamine and diethanolamine systems by using the nomographs developed by H.K. Ferguson Co. Correlation lines for temperature and amine concentration provided with the loading curves make the nomographs useful for any combination of temperature, concentration, and liquid loadings. The accuracy of the nomographs is within the acceptable range for normal engineering applications when the operating parameters lie in the region of practical gas-treating conditions. Correction curves given for each nomograph to improve the accuracy are generally not needed except for cases where the gas loadings are higher than 0.5 mole/mole of amine.

Chen, C.C.; Ng, A.

1980-04-01

380

Glacier volume changes at Mt. Everest/Qomolangma 1962 - 2007  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The larger glaciers at Mt. Everest are heavily covered with supra-glacial debris like many other glaciers in the Himalaya. Most glacier change studies concentrate on area change only. However, the melting of debris-covered glaciers is most recognisable through downwasting. Hence, multi-temporal DEM analysis is needed to study the reaction of these glaciers to climate change in detail. We generated a time series of DEMs based on stereo corona (years 1962 and 1972) aerial images (1984), ASTER (2001) and Cartosat-1 data (2007) for the southern side of Mt. Everest (investigated glaciers: Khumbu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Nup, Lhotse Shar and Imja) and two DEMs for the northern side (Rongbuk Glacier) based on a topographic map (1974) and ASTER data (2003). IceSat GLAS data, topographic maps and field GPS measurements are used for validation. The Cartosat-1 DEM was chosen to be the master DEM due to the highest accuracy and the other DEMs were co-registered to it. The characteristics of the downwasting are similar for all investigated glaciers: The downwasting is pronounced in the upper part with thin debris-cover and less pronounced but still recognisable in the lower parts with thick debris-cover. The highest surface lowering at the southern side is found at the possible transition zone between the active and stagnant glacier parts. The average downwasting for the investigated Eastern Rongbuk Glacier seems to be little higher (0.81 ± 0.53 m/a) than the value for Khumbu Glacier (0.42 ± 0.21 m/a). Both the accumulation and ablation area of Khumbu Glacier showed a surface lowering. Volume loss is detected for all glaciers and investigated time periods.

Bolch, Tobias; Piezconka, Tino; Chen, Feng; Kang, Shichang; Buchroithner, Manfred

2010-05-01

381

A study of discrete glacier motion  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Knowledge of process which control glacial dynamics are imperative in quantifying the response of a glacier or ice sheet to external forcing. This dissertation focuses mainly upon the characterization of sliding ice over a bed in an unstable fashion. I investigate unstable sliding through instances where it is observed in passive seismology as well as a focused laboratory study. The laboratory study attempts to isolate specific aspects of the sliding interface, which could lead to unstable sliding. Implications of unstable sliding with regards to erosion are also dealt with. Initially the TAMSEIS array is used to observe a unique set of seismicity originating at the base of David Glacier Antarctica in which ˜ 20,000 events were located over a ˜300 day period as the ice slid over an asperity. Tidal effects at the terminus modulated the interevent spacing and magnitude of events allowing for a basic analysis of healing process between a glacier and its bed. The 300 day period of repeat seismicity is hypothesized to arise from advection of debris rich ice over the asperity. Next the erosion implications of stick slip sliding are investigated. Sudden advancement associated with seismic energy generation is hypothesized to rapidly expand water filled cavities, which form in lee of bedrock highs. The rapid expansion creates a drop in water pressure within the cavity resulting in a pressure gradient leading to rapid fracture of bedrock. During the interseismic period of a stick slipping glacier the static coefficient of friction transfers a larger shear stress to the bed than the dynamic coefficient of friction from stably sliding glacier would. Next laboratory experimentation is conducted using a biaxial shearing apparatus in order to test the hypothesis that debris rich ice can affect the stability regime of a sliding glacier. This is preformed on a suite of ice-debris samples with range entrained debris percentages and temperatures. Both synthetic ice constructed in the laboratory and natural ice taken from the base of Engabreen Glacier were tested. Transition from a velocity strengthening to velocity weakening interface was observed for a constant velocity if the debris amount was increased thus validating the initial hypothesis. These exterminations were followed by a set of experiments in which the biax was de-stiffened in order to replicate the elastic strain, which would be accumulated at the base of a glacier. When driven under conditions previously identified in the unstable slip regime unstable sliding did occur. This allowed for exploration unstable slip parameters. Specifically comparisons of stress drop with recurrence interval, and peak-sliding velocity was investigated. Next POLENET seismic data was used to investigate a set of repeating ruptures occurring near the Executive Committee Range of Marie Byrd Land Antarctica, a known source of volcanic activity. Surface velocities as low as V ? 30 m yr--1 in this region exist indicating the source of glacially generated seismicity was atypical. A proposed source of a sudden addition of basal melt water from an increase in geothermal heat flux is hypothesized to result in the seismic signature observed. Lastly the POLENET dataset was used to investigate calving events located at the terminus of Thwaites Glacier. The seismicity displayed a monochromatic signal. A new calving mechanism, which could produce such a source of seismicity, is theorized as resonating within the block, which is being calved off.

Zoet, Lucas K.

382

Microbial Energetics Beneath the Taylor Glacier, Antarctica  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Subglacial microbiology is controlled by glacier hydrology, bedrock lithology, and the preglacial ecosystem. These factors can all affect metabolic function by influencing electron acceptor and donor availability in the subglacial setting leaving biogeochemical signatures that can be used to determine ecosystem processes. Blood Falls, an iron-rich, episodic subglacial outflow from the Taylor Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys Antarctica provides an example of how microbial community structure and function can provide insight into subglacial hydrology. This subglacial outflow contains cryoconcentrated, Pliocene-age seawater salts that pooled in the upper Taylor Valley and was subsequently covered by the advance of the Taylor Glacier. Biogeochemical measurements, culture-based techniques, and genomic analysis were used to characterize microbes and chemistry associated with the subglacial outflow. The isotopic composition of important geochemical substrates (i.e., ?34Ssulfate, ?33Ssulfate, ?18Osulfate, ?18Owater, ?14SDIC) were also measured to provide more detail on subglacial microbial energetics. Typically, subglacial systems, when driven to anoxia by the hydrolysis of organic matter, will follow a continuum of redox chemistries utilizing electron acceptors with decreasing reduction potential (e.g., Fe (III), sulfate, CO2). Our data provide no evidence for sulfate reduction below the Taylor Glacier despite high dissolved organic carbon (450 ?M C) and measurable metabolic activity. We contend that, in the case of the Taylor Glacier, the in situ bioenergetic reduction potential has been 'short-circuited' at Fe(III)-reduction and excludes sulfate reduction and methanogenesis. Given the length of time that this marine system has been isolated from phototrophic production (~2 Mya) the ability to degrade and consume increasingly recalcitrant organic carbon is likely an important component to the observed redox chemistry. Our work indicates that glacier hydrology imparts strong feedbacks on the availability of oxygen as an electron acceptor and may be a robust regulator of the in situ metabolism. This biogeochemical regulation in turn affects the chemical nature of subglacial efflux. Blood Falls demonstrates that measurements of geochemistry and microbial diversity can support models of subglacial hydrology.

Mikucki, J. A.; Turchyn, A. V.; Farquhar, J.; Priscu, J. C.; Schrag, D. P.; Pearson, A.

2007-12-01

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BASINWIDE SEDIMENTATION PROCESSES AT GLACIER-DAMMED ICEBERG LAKE, SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA  

E-print Network

BASINWIDE SEDIMENTATION PROCESSES AT GLACIER-DAMMED ICEBERG LAKE, SOUTHCENTRAL 2012 BASINWIDE SEDIMENTATION PROCESSES AT GLACIER-DAMMED ICEBERG LAKE, SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA by Katie E examining sedimentation rates and varve thickness at Iceberg Lake, a glacier-dammed proglacial lake

Loso, Michael G.

384

Magnetospheric equilibrium with anisotropic pressure  

SciTech Connect

Self-consistent magnetospheric equilibrium with anisotropic pressure is obtained by employing an iterative metric method for solving the inverse equilibrium equation in an optimal flux coordinate system. A method of determining plasma parallel and perpendicular pressures from either analytic particle distribution or particle distribution measured along the satellite's path is presented. The numerical results of axisymmetric magnetospheric equilibrium including the effects of finite beta, pressure anisotropy, and boundary conditions are presented for a bi-Maxwellian particle distribution. For the isotropic pressure cases, the finite beta effect produces an outward expansion of the constant magnetic flux surfaces in relation to the dipole field lines, and along the magnetic field the toroidal ring current is maximum at the magnetic equator. The effect of pressure anisotropy is found to further expand the flux surfaces outward. Along the magnetic field lines the westward ring current can be peak away from the equator due to an eastward current contribution resulting from pressure anisotropy. As pressure anisotropy increases, the peak westward current can become more singular. The outer boundary flux surface has significant effect on the magnetospheric equilibrium. For the outer flux boundary resembling dayside compressed flux surface due to solar wind pressure, the deformation of the magnetic field can be quite different from that for the outer flux boundary resembling the tail-like surface. 23 refs., 17 figs.

Cheng, C.Z.

1991-07-01

385

Getz Ice Shelf, West Antarctica: Little glacier speed increase despite basal ice shelf melting  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Getz Ice Shelf, stretching along ~500 km of coastline in the Amundsen Sea Sector of West Antarctica, occupies a region of changing climatic and oceanic conditions. Climatically, the region is influenced by the Amundsen Sea Low, a mean atmospheric circulation feature of West Antarctica that has slowly increased in intensity over the past several decades. Oceanographically, the shelf is affected by intrusions of Antarctic Circumpolar Deep Water, which are currently melting the shelf from below at a rate of 4.3 × 0.4 meters of water per year. Recent results from gravity-based assessments of mass change in the region indicate significant mass loss for the entire Getz ice drainage area, and altimetry studies of grounded ice in the Getz Ice Shelf catchment area show significant elevation loss since the 1990s. Our study examines the history of ice velocities from 1972-present on the Getz Ice Shelf, with particular attention to the ice shelf edge and the grounding zone area during the last decade. The shelf and grounded ice are characterized by relatively narrow zones of faster outflow and steep grounded ice surface slopes. The fastest outflow speeds are found toward the western edge at DeVicq Glacier, typically 800-1000 ma-1 near the ice edge and 400-800 ma-1 at the grounding line. Slower speeds towards the east are generally 250-500 ma-1 at the ice edge and 150-400 ma-1 near the grounding line. Despite significant basal melt and thinning of grounded ice, the Getz Ice Shelf has exhibited only modest accelerations: ~20% near the grounding line in the DeVicq Glacier region, ~35% at the far eastern edge, and <10% across central sections of the shelf. This contrasts with the nearly 50% flow speed increase of Pine Island Glacier between 1972 and 2012, and >100% for the adjacent Smith Glacier between 1992 and 2008. We postulate that steep slopes in the grounded ice flow just above the grounding line imply high basal shear stresses for the feeder glaciers and therefore relative insensitivity to thinning of the shelf. With steep initial surface slope, the increase in driving stress caused by grounding line melting is minor. We also examine the potential connection between the measured elevation loss of grounded ice feeding the Getz Ice Shelf with changes (decreases) in annual snow accumulation associated with the evolution of the Amundsen Sea Low.

Alley, K. E.; Scambos, T. A.

2013-12-01

386

Batura-Glacier - mass balance and 'Karakoram Anomaly' (Upper Hunza, Karakoram)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In line with an almost worldwide trend the (non-surging) glaciers in the Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalaya Range manifest a remarkable down melting of their tongues and retreating of their terminuses in the last few decades. A series of recent studies prove an overall negative mass balance for most of the Himalayan glaciers. Contrary to these statements various publications register stable or positive mass balances for a number of glaciers located in the NW-Karakoram Mountains - postulating the so-called 'Karakoram-Anomaly'. Unlike the many investigations in the Himalaya, the Karakoram records very few detailed local investigations emphasizing the spatial and temporal development of glaciers. This presentation focuses on the Batura Glacier in NW-Karakorum in Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan). With a west-to-east extension of ~ 57 km and an elevation range of 5.3 km (2.500 - 7.800 masl), the Batura Glacier belongs to the worldwide largest glaciers in the mid and low latitudes. Detailed mapping and further ground-based investigations have been carried out in the 1920ies, 1953/59, 1974/5 and in the past few years by different research teams. In order to determine the glacier's mass balance for the last 50 years we relied on Digital Elevation Models (DEMs): digitized maps from 1959 and 1974 are compared to DEMs derived through stereogrammetry from ASTER-scenes for 2001, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The ASTER-DEMs were post-processed with various correction methods and techniques to insure the relative DEM comparability and include corrections for aspect, altitude, and tilt. Next, we calculated surface differences from the ice and snow-free areas with respect to the SRTM C-Band DEM. Our remote sensing techniques are supplemented by differential GPS measurements and ice-surface profiles from 2013 as well as by multi-temporal photography matching. Preliminary results indicate a significant down melting of the glacier tongue from 1959 to the present day and acceleration during the past 14 years, and correspond with field evidence. In contrast to the rapidly melting ablation zone, we observe the opposing trend in the accumulation zone and in wide areas of higher-elevation basin: in these areas, the ice and snow layers thickened substantially. Based on this remotely sensed data analysis, derived losses against gains result in a positive mass balance of the Batura Glacier within the last four to five decades. This gain is driven by an obvious massive input in higher altitudes that over-compensates the rapid melting in the lower ablation zone and at the terminus. The challenge for our future assessments will be a solid matching of different methodological approaches to determine the catchment's water balance: these include field observations, in situ meteorological and glaciological measurements, remote sensing, and mass-balance modeling.

Boerst, U.; Winiger, M.; Bookhagen, B.

2013-12-01

387

Satellite Observations of Glacier Surface Velocities in Southeast Alaska  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glaciers in southeast Alaska are undergoing rapid changes and are significant contributors to sea level rise. A key to understanding the ice dynamics is knowledge of the surface velocities, which can be used with ice thickness measurements to derive mass flux rates. For many glaciers in Alaska, surface velocity estimates either do not exist or are based on data that are at least a decade old. Here we present updated maps of glacier surface velocities in southeast Alaska produced through a pixel tracking technique using synthetic aperture radar data and high-resolution optical imagery. For glaciers with previous velocity estimates, we will compare the results and discuss possible implications for ice dynamics. We focus on Glacier Bay and the Stikine Icefield, which contain a number of fast-flowing tidewater glaciers including LeConte, Johns Hopkins, and La Perouse. For the Johns Hopkins, we will also examine the influence a massive landslide in June 2012 had on flow dynamics. Our velocity maps show that within Glacier Bay, the highest surface velocities occur on the tidewater glaciers. La Perouse, the only Glacier Bay glacier to calve directly into the Pacific Ocean, has maximum velocities of 3.5 - 4 m/day. Johns Hopkins Glacier shows 4 m/day velocities at both its terminus and in its upper reaches, with lower velocities of ~1-3 m/day in between those two regions. Further north, the Margerie Glacier has a maximum velocity of ~ 4.5 m/day in its upper reaches and a velocity of ~ 2 m/day at its terminus. Along the Grand Pacific terminus, the western terminus fed by the Ferris Glacier displays velocities of about 1 m/day while the eastern terminus has lower velocities of < 0.5 m/day. The lake terminating glaciers along the Pacific coast have overall lower surface velocities, but they display complex flow patterns. The Alsek Glacier displays maximum velocities of 2.5 m/day above where it divides into two branches. Velocities at the terminus of the northern branch reach 1 m/day while the terminus of the southern branch moves about 2 m/day. Grand Plateau Glacier also divides into two main branches, with a northern branch displaying peak velocities of 1.5 m/day and a southern branch flowing at a rate of 1 m/day. The Stikine Icefield contains a number of large tidewater glaciers showing maximum velocities near their termini. At the terminus of the South Sawyer Glacier, velocities reach a peak of about 2 m/day. Along the terminus of the Dawes Glacier, velocities reach 3.5 m/day. The Baird Glacier displays lower velocities of 1-1.5 m/day. LeConte Glacier has 2-3 m/day velocities in its upper regions with higher velocities near its terminus. In contrast to the pattern shown by the surrounding glaciers, the Great Glacier has a peak velocity of 2 m/day in the upper portion of the glacier and a velocity of only 0.5 m/day near its terminus.

Elliott, J.; Melkonian, A. K.; Pritchard, M. E.

2012-12-01

388

Mass loss on Himalayan glacier endangers water resources  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ice cores drilled from glaciers around the world generally contain horizons with elevated levels of beta radioactivity including 36Cl and 3H associated with atmospheric thermonuclear bomb testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Ice cores collected in 2006 from Naimona'nyi Glacier in the Himalaya (Tibet) lack these distinctive marker horizons suggesting no net accumulation of mass (ice) since at least 1950. Naimona'nyi is the highest glacier (6050 masl) documented to be losing mass annually suggesting the possibility of similar mass loss on other high-elevation glaciers in low and mid-latitudes under a warmer Earth scenario. If climatic conditions dominating the mass balance of Naimona'nyi extend to other glaciers in the region, the implications for water resources could be serious as these glaciers feed the headwaters of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra Rivers that sustain one of the world's most populous regions.

Kehrwald, Natalie M.; Thompson, Lonnie G.; Tandong, Yao; Mosley-Thompson, Ellen; Schotterer, Ulrich; Alfimov, Vasily; Beer, Jürg; Eikenberg, Jost; Davis, Mary E.

2008-11-01

389

Snow glacier melt estimation in tropical Andean glaciers using artificial neural networks  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Snow and glacier melt (SGM) estimation plays an important role in water resources management. Although melting process can be modelled by energy balance methods, such studies require detailed data, which is rarely available. Hence, new and simpler approaches are needed for SGM estimations. The present study aims at developing an artificial neural networks (ANN) based technique for estimating the energy available for melt (EAM) and SGM rates using available and easy to obtain data such as temperature, short-wave radiation and relative humidity. Several ANN and multiple linear regression models (MLR) were developed to represent the energy fluxes and estimate the EAM. The models were trained using measured data from the Zongo glacier located in the outer tropics and validated against measured data from the Antizana glacier located in the inner tropics. It was found that ANN models provide a better generalisation when applied to other data sets. The performance of the models was improved by including Antizana data into the training set, as it was proved to provide better results than other techniques like the use of a prior logarithmic transformation. The final model was validated against measured data from the Alpine glaciers Argentière and Saint-Sorlin. Then, the models were applied for the estimation of SGM at Condoriri glacier. The estimated SGM was compared with SGM estimated by an enhanced temperature method and proved to have the same behaviour considering temperature sensibility. Moreover, the ANN models have the advantage of direct application, while the temperature method requires calibration of empirical coefficients.

Moya Quiroga, V.; Mano, A.; Asaoka, Y.; Kure, S.; Udo, K.; Mendoza, J.

2013-04-01

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IGARSS, 2002 JuneIGARSS, 2002 June Satellite Remote Sensing of Glaciers and IceSatellite Remote Sensing of Glaciers and Ice--dammeddammed  

E-print Network

's glaciers.(3) Complete GIS digital database of the world's glaciers. Principal observing instruments: ASTERIGARSS, 2002 JuneIGARSS, 2002 June Satellite Remote Sensing of Glaciers and IceSatellite Remote Sensing of Glaciers and Ice--dammeddammed Lakes: Pragmatic Issues and Case StudiesLakes: Pragmatic Issues

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Analysis of a 24-Year photographic record of Nisqually glacier, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A systematic coverage of Nisqually Glacier by photographs taken from a network of stations on the ground was begun in 1942 to explore the value and limitations of such photographs as an aid in glacier study. Principles developed may be of value elsewhere, especially for the program 'Measurement of Glacier Variations on a World-Wide Basis' of the International Hydrological Decade. Nisqually Glacier in Mount Rainier National Park, Wash., covers 2.5 square miles (6.5 square kilometers) (1961) and extends from an altitude of about 14,300 feet (4,400 meters) near the top of Mount Rainier down to 4,700 feet (1,400 meters), in a horizontal distance of 4.1 miles (6.6 kilometers). Analyses were made of the annual photographs taken by the writer for 24 years from about 20 stations. A number of pictures taken sporadically from 1884 to 1941 by others were also available for use in the study. Where possible, the results obtained from photographs were compared with those from the available engineering surveys. Such detailed analysis of an extensive photographic coverage of a single glacier may be unique. Photographs illustrating the retreat and advance of the glacier's west ice margin in a reach extending for about a mile (1.6 kilometers) downstream from Wilson Glacier show that, by 1965, most of the ice thickness lost in that area between 1890 and 1944 had been recovered. Withering of the stagnant valley tongue down glacier from the nunatak is portrayed, as is its spectacular reactivation in the 1960's by a vigorous advance of fresh ice. Some of the visible characteristics of advancing and receding termini are noted. Annual values of the glacier's surface slope (5 to 10 degrees) at a cross profile were measured on photographs with respect to a projected vertical line identifiable in each picture. The results were found to average about 2 degrees less than those obtained from the 5-year topographic maps, but they are thought to be a little more accurate owing to lack of a sufficiently small contour interval on the maps for this special purpose. Year-to-year variations in the surface slope and other characteristics from place to place along the glacier are portrayed by pictures to a degree not economically attainable by any other means. Annual changes in the glacier's thickness at two locations were determined from photographs and found to agree well with the results of stadia surveys. A summary of conclusions reached in regard to other data or features of the glacier that were illustrated by annual photographs follows: 1. Toward the end of the ablation season, position of the annual snowline ranged between altitudes of about 5,800 and 7,300 feet (1,750 and 2,250 meters). The altitude limits within which firn was observed on the glacier were about 6,000 and 7,300 feet (1,850 and 2,250 meters). 2. Sources from which debris reaches the glacier are evident. 3. Medial moraines and other persistent patterns sometimes overlooked in the field are more noticeable in photographs. Ice-cored moraines and patterns of multiple lateral moraines are visible. 4. The extent, severity, and nature of crevassing in an area reflect the dynamic condition of the glacier at that location. 5. Erosion has caused certain bedrock areas or features on canyon walls to become unrecognizable within less than 15 years. 6. Effects of the 1932 and 1955 outburst floods on the stream channel and trees for a mile (1.6 kilometers) or so below the glacier are shown in comparison with ordinary, lesser floods. Visible effects include degradation, widening and changes in configuration of the channel, formation of small terraces, removal of vegetation from the flood plain, and the deposition of huge boulders on the stream banks and flood plain. Some photographic procedures recommended for use in a program of this type are described in the section on "Recommended Photographic Procedures."

Veatch, Fred M.

1969-01-01

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Response of debris-covered glaciers to climate change  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The presence of supraglacial debris strongly influences glacier ablation, and the mass balance of debris-covered glaciers differs significantly from that of clean glaciers in similar climatic settings. Predicting the response of debris-covered glaciers to climate change is important for hazard mitigation strategies in many high mountain environments, especially where temporary lakes are likely to form on stagnating glacier tongues. Accurate prediction of glacier evolution requires a robust mass balance function which incorporates the effect of debris cover. We present a new model for calculating ablation beneath supraglacial debris layer from meteorological data, based on coupling the surface energy balance and conductive heat flux through the debris layer. The model performs well in a wide range of climatic settings, and results correlate well with measured melt rates in the European Alps and Svalbard. The ablation model is used to construct theoretical mass balance curves for debris covered glaciers, providing surface boundary conditions for glacier flow models. Modelled mass balance curves display reverse gradients on glacier termini where the effect of thickening debris cover with decreasing altitude outweighs that of higher air temperatures. This explains the widely-noted tendency for debris-covered glaciers to stagnate under warming climates. When the mass balance of the glacier as a whole is negative, increasing ablation with altitude causes the lower tongue to decrease in gradient. As gradients and ice thicknesses decline, the process is reinforced by a positive feedback with velocity, so less ice is delivered to the terminal zone. Low surface gradients encourage the formation of supraglacial ponds which can grow rapidly, significantly increasing mass loss from the glacier and potentially posing flood hazards.

Benn, D. I.; Lindsey, N.; Kathryn, H.

2004-12-01

393

MODIS albedo and regional mass balance of high Arctic glaciers  

Microsoft Academic Search

MODIS albedo products are compared to glacier mass balance measured on eight glaciers in the high Arctic, in northwestern Svalbard. The glaciers range in size from ca. 5-500 km2. We use MODIS L3 albedo products (MOD43B3), which have a nominal resolution of 1 km, and for which data cover the spring to autumn months of 2000-2006. We compare the albedo

J. Kohler; G. Rotschky; I. Sobota; J. O. Hagen; W. Greuell

2007-01-01

394

Svalbard glacier elevation changes and contribution to sea level rise  

Microsoft Academic Search

We compare satellite altimetry from the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat, 2003-2007) to older topographic maps and digital elevation models (1965-1990) to calculate long-term elevation changes of glaciers on the Svalbard Archipelago. Results indicate significant thinning at most glacier fronts with either slight thinning or thickening in the accumulation areas, except for glaciers that surged which show thickening

Christopher Nuth; Geir Moholdt; Jack Kohler; Jon Ove Hagen; Andreas Kääb

2010-01-01

395

Svalbard glacier elevation changes and contribution to sea level rise  

Microsoft Academic Search

We compare satellite altimetry from the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat, 2003–2007) to older topographic maps and digital elevation models (1965–1990) to calculate long-term elevation changes of glaciers on the Svalbard Archipelago. Results indicate significant thinning at most glacier fronts with either slight thinning or thickening in the accumulation areas, except for glaciers that surged which show thickening

Christopher Nuth; Geir Moholdt; Jack Kohler; Jon Ove Hagen; Andreas Kääb

2010-01-01

396

Controlled Interferometric Modelling of Glacier Changes in South Svalbard  

Microsoft Academic Search

An original approach to geocoding and interpreting glacier interferograms with altimetric and photogrammetric constraints was designed and tested. New results demonstrating considerable glacier changes in South Svalbard were obtained through the joint analysis of ERS-1\\/2-SAR interferograms, ICESat-GLAS altimetry data and ASTER-VNIR imagery obtained over study glaciers in 1995\\/96, 2003 and 2004, respectively. Sörkapp Land might become a separate island with

Aleksey I. Sharov; S. A. Osokin

2006-01-01

397

A review of the modern fluctuations of tropical glaciers  

Microsoft Academic Search

The tropical climate is characterized by a homogeneous atmosphere without frontal activity, a lack of thermal seasonality, and by one to two differently pronounced precipitation seasons. Consequently, tropical climate has a characteristic impact on tropical glaciers, with glacier–climate interactions different from those of the mid- and high-latitudes.The glaciers of tropical South America, Africa and New Guinea had a general maximum

Georg Kaser

1999-01-01

398

The new remote-sensing-derived Swiss glacier inventory  

Microsoft Academic Search

ABSTRACT. A new Swiss glacier inventory is to be compiled from satellite data for the year 2000.The study presented here describes two major tasks: (1) an accuracy assessment of different methods for glacier classificationwith LandsatThematic Mapper (TM) data and a digital elevation model,(DEM); (2) the geographical,information,system (GIS)-based methods for automatic extraction of individual glaciers from classified satellite data and the

Frank Paul; Andreas Kììb; Max Maisch; Tobias Kellenberger; Wilfried Haeberli

399

Modelling changes in the mass balance of glaciers of the northern hemisphere for a transient 2×CO 2 scenario  

Microsoft Academic Search

A climate forecast provided by a General Circulation Model (GCM), a glacier mass balance model and a glacier flow model is applied to a sample of 11 small glaciers. Another sample of six glaciers and six large, heavily glacierized areas in the arctic were modelled using only the climate forecast and the glacier mass balance model.The climate forecast of two

Christian Schneeberger; Heinz Blatter; Ayako Abe-Ouchi; Martin Wild

2003-01-01

400

Basaltic micrometeorites from the Novaya Zemlya glacier  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A large number of micrometeorites (MMs) was recovered from glacier deposits located at the north-eastern passive margin of the Novaya Zemlya glacier sheet. Melted, scoriaceous, and unmelted micrometeorites (UMMs) are present. Unmelted micrometeorites are dominated mostly by chondritic matter, but also a few achondritic MMs are present. Here we report the discovery of four UMMs that, according to their texture, mineralogy, and chemistry, are identified as basaltic breccias. Mineral chemistry and Fe/Mn ratios of two basaltic micrometeorites indicate a possible relationship with eucrites and/or mesosiderites, whereas two others seem to have parents, which appear not to be present in our meteorite collections. The basaltic breccia UMMs constitute 0.5% of the total population of the Novaya Zemlya MM suite. This content should be lowered to 0.25% because the Novaya Zemlya MM collection appears to be biased with carbonaceous UMMs being underrepresented.

Badjukov, Dmitry D.; Brandstätter, Franz; Raitala, Jouko; Kurat, Gero

2010-09-01