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Revisiting Ice Flux and Mass Balance of the Lambert Glacier–Amery Ice Shelf System Using Multi-Remote-Sensing Datasets, East Antarctica

by 1,2, 2,3,*, 1, 1, 2,4, 2 and 2
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Key Laboratory of Fishery Information, Ministry of Agriculture, College of Information Technology, Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai 201306, China
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Key Laboratory of Polar Science, MNR, Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200136, China
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School of Oceanography, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China
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College of Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Academic Editors: Andreas J. Dietz, Celia Amélie Baumhoer and Sebastian Roessler
Remote Sens. 2022, 14(2), 391; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14020391
Received: 19 November 2021 / Revised: 12 January 2022 / Accepted: 13 January 2022 / Published: 14 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing of Polar Regions)
Due to rapid global warming, the relationship between the mass loss of the Antarctic ice sheet and rising sea levels are attracting widespread attention. The Lambert–Amery glacial system is the largest drainage system in East Antarctica, and its mass balance has an important influence on the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet. In this paper, the recent ice flux in the Lambert Glacier of the Lambert–Amery system was systematically analyzed based on recently updated remote sensing data. According to Landsat-8 ice velocity data from 2018 to April 2019 and the updated Bedmachine v2 ice thickness dataset in 2021, the contribution of ice flux approximately 140 km downstream from Dome A in the Lambert Glacier area to downstream from the glacier is 8.5 ± 1.9 Gt·a1, and the ice flux in the middle of the convergence region is 18.9 ± 2.9 Gt·a1. The ice mass input into the Amery ice shelf through the grounding line of the whole glacier is 19.9 ± 1.3 Gt·a1. The ice flux output from the mainstream area of the grounding line is 19.3 ± 1.0 Gt·a1. Using the annual SMB data of the regional atmospheric climate model (RACMO v2.3) as the quality input, the mass balance of the upper, middle, and lower reaches of the Lambert Glacier was analyzed. The results show that recent positive accumulation appears in the middle region of the glacier (about 74–78°S, 67–85°E) and the net accumulation of the whole glacier is 2.4 ± 3.5 Gt·a1. Although the mass balance of the Lambert Glacier continues to show a positive accumulation, and the positive value in the region is decreasing compared with values obtained in early 2000. View Full-Text
Keywords: Lambert Glacier; remote sensing data; ice flux; mass balance; BedMachine v2; Landsat-8 Lambert Glacier; remote sensing data; ice flux; mass balance; BedMachine v2; Landsat-8
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Xu, D.; Tang, X.; Yang, S.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, L.; Li, L.; Sun, B. Revisiting Ice Flux and Mass Balance of the Lambert Glacier–Amery Ice Shelf System Using Multi-Remote-Sensing Datasets, East Antarctica. Remote Sens. 2022, 14, 391. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14020391

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Xu D, Tang X, Yang S, Zhang Y, Wang L, Li L, Sun B. Revisiting Ice Flux and Mass Balance of the Lambert Glacier–Amery Ice Shelf System Using Multi-Remote-Sensing Datasets, East Antarctica. Remote Sensing. 2022; 14(2):391. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14020391

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Xu, Derui, Xueyuan Tang, Shuhu Yang, Yun Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Lin Li, and Bo Sun. 2022. "Revisiting Ice Flux and Mass Balance of the Lambert Glacier–Amery Ice Shelf System Using Multi-Remote-Sensing Datasets, East Antarctica" Remote Sensing 14, no. 2: 391. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14020391

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