Antarctic regional ice loss rates from GRACE

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Abstract
Using recent improved time-variable gravity solutions from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), we estimate rates of Antarctic ice mass change for the period January 2003 through September 2006. Combined improvements in data and filtering techniques allow observation of ice loss in the northern Antarctic Peninsula (AP) and along the coast of the west and central Amundsen Sea Embayment (ASE) in West Antarctica. There is also evidence of ice loss along the coast near the Stancomb Wills (STA) and Jutulstraumen (JUT) glaciers in Queen Maud Land. Apparent rates are adjusted for influences of limited spatial resolution, filtering, and estimated postglacial rebound (PGR) to obtain ice loss rates for the northern AP, coastal ASE, and STA/JUT of - 28.8 \textpm 7.9, - 81 \textpm 17, and - 16.7 \textpm 9.7 km3/yr, respectively. This is the first estimate for the northern AP from satellite gravity data. The ASE estimate (- 81 \textpm 17 km3/yr) is consistent with a previous value (- 77 \textpm 14 km3/yr) using an earlier GRACE data release. These results indicate significant improvement in GRACE data quality, increased spatial resolution, and applicability of GRACE data to a wider class of problems than previously possible.
Year of Publication
2008
Journal
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume
266
Number of Pages
140-148
Date Published
02/2008
URL
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008E\%26PSL.266..140C
DOI
10.1016/j.epsl.2007.10.057