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Effect of Stratigraphy on Radar-Altimetry Data Collected Over Ice Sheets

  • Kenneth C. Jezek (a1) and Richard B. Alley (a2)

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A method for calculating the impulse response of a layered dielectric is used to investigate the effect of near-surface density stratification on the interpretation of radar-altimetry data collected over ice sheets. Results are computed for a model consisting of a measured density profile that is artificially interrupted by an ice layer inserted at successively greater depths. The incident radar signal is modeled by a 20 ns long pulse modulated at 1 GHz. Analysis using a simple scheme for estimating the one-way travel time of the wave indicates as much as a 2 ns (equivalent to 60 cm in range) apparent time delay for a density profile that has been modified by inclusion of an ice layer relative to the ice-layer-free case. This suggests that layering may be a factor in interpreting repeated altimeter measurements of the ice sheets in terms of net growth or decay.

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