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Volume 11, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 11, 1247–1264, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1247-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 11, 1247–1264, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1247-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 24 May 2017

Research article | 24 May 2017

Self-affine subglacial roughness: consequences for radar scattering and basal water discrimination in northern Greenland

Thomas M. Jordan et al.
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Likely Basal Thermal State of the Greenland Ice Sheet, Version 1 J. A. MacGregor, M. Fahnestock, G. Catania, J. Paden, P. Gogineni, M. Morlighem, W. Colgan, S. M. Nowicki, G. Clow, A. Aschwanden, S. F. Price, and H. Seroussi http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/R4MWDWWUWQF9

Level 1B and Level 2 OIB RES data Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) https://data.cresis.ku.edu/data/rds/

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Using radio-echo sounding data from northern Greenland, we demonstrate that subglacial roughness exhibits self-affine (fractal) scaling behaviour. This enables us to assess topographic control upon the bed-echo waveform, and explain the spatial distribution of the degree of scattering (specular and diffuse reflections). Via comparison with a prediction for the basal thermal state (thawed and frozen regions of the bed) we discuss the consequences of our study for basal water discrimination.
Using radio-echo sounding data from northern Greenland, we demonstrate that subglacial roughness...
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