Bayesian estimation of basal conditions on rutford ice stream, west Antarctica, from surface data

Mélanie Raymond Pralong, G. Hilmar Gudmundsson

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Abstract

The determination of basal properties on ice streams from surface data is formulated as a Bayesian statistical inference problem. The theory is applied to a flowline on Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica. Estimates of bed topography and basal slipperiness are updated using measurements of surface topography and the horizontal and vertical components of the surface velocity. The surface\r\ntopography is allowed to vary within measurement errors. We calculate the transient evolution of the surface until rates of surface elevation change are within limits given by measurements. For our final estimation of basal properties, modelled rates of elevation change are in full agreement with estimates of surface elevation changes. Results are discarded from a section of the flowline where the distribution of surface residuals is not consistent with error estimates. Apart from a general increase\r\nin basal slipperiness toward the grounding line, we find no evidence for any spatial variations in basal slipperiness. In particular, we find that short-scale variability (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-324
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Glaciology
Volume57
Issue number202
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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