Using reflection seismics to identify and monitor the basal conditions of Russell Glacier South West Greenland


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Coen.Hofstede [ at ] awi.de

Abstract

Russell Glacier is a land terminating glacier in South West Greenland. Survey site SHR lies at several kilometers from the terminus and is closely monitored. In recent Summer months research site SHR has seen unusual high ice velocity of 400m/a which has been linked to increased Summer melt. To capture the probably changing basal conditions of SHR we carried out two seismic surveys at site SHR, one in September 2013 at the end of the melt seaasn and one in May 2014 at the start of the melt season. Data were recorded using a 300m snow streamer and explosives. The seismic data reveal an ice thickness of about 550m and 30 to 40m thick accreted subglacial sediments with varying degrees of water saturation. We speculate the increased ice velocity is caused by sediments that become temporarily liquefied in the Summer months.



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EGU General Assembly, 12 Apr 2015 - 17 Apr 2015, Vienna.
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39384
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Hofstede, C. , Bohleber, P. , Fritzsche, D. , Kleiner, T. , Bondzio, J. and Hubbard, A. (2015): Using reflection seismics to identify and monitor the basal conditions of Russell Glacier South West Greenland , EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 12 April 2015 - 17 April 2015 .


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