A new bedrock and surface elevation dataset for modelling the Greenland ice sheet

Authors: Bamber, Jonathan L.; Baldwin, Duncan J.; Gogineni, S. Prasad

Source: Annals of Glaciology, Volume 37, Number 1, 1 June 2003 , pp. 351-356(6)

Publisher: International Glaciological Society

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Abstract:

A new digital elevation model of the surface of the Greenland ice sheet and surrounding rock outcrops has been produced from a comprehensive suite of satellite and airborne remote-sensing and cartographic datasets. The surface model has been regridded to a resolution of 5 km, and combined with a new ice-thickness grid derived from ice-penetrating radar data collected in the 1970s and 1990s. A further dataset, the International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean, was used to extend the bed elevations to include the continental shelf. The new bed topography was compared with a previous version used for ice-sheet modelling. Near the margins of the ice sheet and, in particular, in the vicinity of small-scale features associated with outlet glaciers and rapid ice motion, significant differences were noted. This was highlighted by a detailed comparison of the bed topography around the northeast Greenland ice stream.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3189/172756403781815456

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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