Recommendations for the collection and synthesis of Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance data

The ISMASS Committee

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Abstract

Recent unexpected changes in the Antarctic Ice Sheet, including ice sheet thinning, ice shelf collapse and changes in ice velocities, along with the recent realization that as much as one third of ice shelf mass loss is due to bottom melt, place a new urgency on understanding the processes involved in these changes. Technological advances, including very new or forthcoming satellite-based (e.g. ICESat, CryoSat) remote sensing missions, will improve our ability to make meaningful determinations of changes in Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance. This paper is the result of a workshop held to develop a strategy for international collaboration aimed at the collection and synthesis of Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance data, and at understanding the processes involved so that we might predict future change. Nine sets of recommendations are made, concerning the most important and sensitive measurements, temporal ranges and study areas. A final tenth recommendation calls for increased synthesis of ice sheet data and communication between the field measurement, satellite observation and modelling communities. © 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalGlobal and Planetary Change
Volume42
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventScientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Worshop - Maryland, USA
Duration: 4 Jun 20018 Jun 2001

Keywords

  • Antarctica
  • Ice mass balance
  • Ice sheet
  • Ice shelf
  • Remote sensing

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