GPS-derived velocity and strain fields around Dome Argus, Antarctica

Yuande Yang*, Sun Bo, Zemin Wang, Minghu Ding, Chein-way Hwang, Songtao Ai, Lianzhong Wang, Yujun Du, E. Dongchen

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Abstract

Knowledge of the surface topography, velocity field and strain field at an ice-core site is critical to the accurate interpretation of ice-core records. At Dome Argus (Dome A), where a Chinese deep ice-core drilling project is being carried out, we have produced an accurate surface digital elevation model from GPS measurements in January 2013 at 47 sites. We identify two peaks at Dome A, with the northern peak ∼7cm higher than the southern peak. Repeat GPS measurements at 12 sites in 2008 and 2013 provide a surface velocity field around the dome. The surface velocity ranges from 3.1 plusmn;2.6 to 29.4 plusmn;1.2 cm a-1, with a mean of 11.1 plusmn;2.4 cma-1. The surface flow directions are near perpendicular to the surface elevation contours. Velocities from GPS are lower than derived from satellite radar interferometry (InSAR). From GPS velocities, the accuracy of velocity from the existing InSAR velocity field is determined, resulting in a standard deviation of 0.570 ma-1 in speed and 117.5 in direction. This result is consistent with the reported accuracy of InSAR, showing the value of in situ GPS measurements for assessing and correcting remote-sensing results. A surface strain field for the drilling site over Dome A is calculated from 24 strain triangles, showing north-south extension, eastwest compression and vertical layer thinning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-742
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Glaciology
Volume60
Issue number222
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Antarctic glaciology
  • Ice velocity

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