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Research article
27 Sep 2019
Research article |  | 27 Sep 2019

Heterogeneous spatial and temporal pattern of surface elevation change and mass balance of the Patagonian ice fields between 2000 and 2016

Wael Abdel Jaber, Helmut Rott, Dana Floricioiu, Jan Wuite, and Nuno Miranda

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Abdel Jaber, W.: Derivation of mass balance and surface velocity of glaciers by means of high resolution synthetic aperture radar: application to the Patagonian Icefields and Antarctica, Dissertation, Technische Universität München, available at: (last access: 18 September 2019), 2016. a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j
Abdel Jaber, W., Floricioiu, D., Rott, H., and Eineder, M.: Dynamics of fast flowing glaciers in the Patagonia ice fields from TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X data, in: Proc. of IEEE Int. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Munich, Germany, 3226–3229, 21–26 July 2012. a
Abdel Jaber, W., Floricioiu, D., and Rott, H.: Glacier dynamics of the Northern Patagonia Icefield from SRTM, TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X data, in: Proc. of IEEE Int. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Québec, Canada, 4018–4021, 13–18 July 2014. a, b
Benn, D. I., Warren, C. R., and Mottram, R. H.: Calving processes and the dynamics of calving glaciers, Earth-Sci. Rev., 82, 143–179, 2007. a
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We use topographic maps from two radar remote-sensing missions to map surface elevation changes of the northern and southern Patagonian ice fields (NPI and SPI) for two epochs (2000–2012 and 2012–2016). We find a heterogeneous pattern of thinning within the ice fields and a varying temporal trend, which may be explained by complex interdependence between surface mass balance and effects of flow dynamics. The contribution to sea level rise amounts to 0.05 mm a−1 for both ice fields for 2000–2016.