Articles | Volume 14, issue 10
Research article
02 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 02 Oct 2020

Temporal and spatial variability in surface roughness and accumulation rate around 88° S from repeat airborne geophysical surveys

Michael Studinger, Brooke C. Medley, Kelly M. Brunt, Kimberly A. Casey, Nathan T. Kurtz, Serdar S. Manizade, Thomas A. Neumann, and Thomas B. Overly

Data sets

Elevation Model of Antarctica derived from CryoSat-2 in the period 2011 to 2013, links to DEM and uncertainty map as GeoTIFF Veit Helm, Angelika Humbert, and Heinz Miller

Short summary
We use repeat airborne geophysical data consisting of laser altimetry, snow, and Ku-band radar and optical imagery to analyze the spatial and temporal variability in surface roughness, slope, wind deposition, and snow accumulation at 88° S. We find small–scale variability in snow accumulation based on the snow radar subsurface layering, indicating areas of strong wind redistribution are prevalent at 88° S. There is no slope–independent relationship between surface roughness and accumulation.