Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 13, 2511–2535, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2511–2535, 2019
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 et al.

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Cited articles

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.