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Satellite Altimetry, Semivariograms, and Seasonal Elevation Changes in the Ablation Zone of West Greenland

  • Craig S. Lingle (a1), Anita C. Brenner (a2) and H. Jay Zwally (a3)

Abstract

Seasonal mean changes in the surface elevation of the ablation zone of West Greenland to 72°N between spring 1985 and summer 1986 are measured using radar altimeter data from the 18-month Geosat Geodetic Mission. Semi-variograms are used to estimate the noise in the data as a function of position on the ice sheet. Mean elevation changes are computed by averaging the elevation differences measured at points where orbits ascending in latitude are later crossed by orbits descending in latitude (or the reverse), with each cross-over difference weighted in proportion to the inverse square of the noise level in the neighborhood of the cross-over point. The mean surface elevation of the ablation zone, relative to spring 1985, ranged from 1.5 ± 0.6 m lower during summer 1985 to 1.7 ± 0.4 m higher during spring 1986.

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