ERS SAR feature-tracking measurement of outlet glacier velocities on a regional scale in East Greenland
Abstract:Feature tracking, or patch intensity cross-correlation, is used to derive two-dimensional ice-surface velocity fields from 1 day and 35 day repeat-pass European Remote-sensing Satellite (ERS) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data covering a 500 km by 500 km area of central East Greenland. Over regions of fast ice flow, 35 day tracking yields only a slightly lower density of velocity measurements than 1day tracking, and both are broadly in agreement about the spatial pattern of ice velocity except at the glacier termini where tidal effects may dominate. This study suggests that SAR feature tracking may be used to routinely monitor ice-discharge velocities on a regional basis and thereby inform studies of regional mass balance.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2003
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