The effect of ice-sheet thickness change on the accumulation history inferred from GISP2 layer thicknesses

N. N. Cutler, C. F. Raymond, E. D. Waddington, D. A. Meese, R. B. Alley

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Abstract

Accumulation-rate histories inferred from GISP2 layer-thickness data using both a constant- and a variable-thickness model are compared. The variable-thickness model predicts accumulation rates about 25% lower than the constant-thickness model. Results also indicate that high-frequency changes in accumulation rates are consistent with earlier analyses. However, sensitivity tests indicate that the accumulation-rate history cannot be precisely determined. This analysis defines an envelope of likely accumulation histories bounded above by the accumulation history inferred by the constant-thickness model. Predictions become increasingly uncertain for old ice because of 1) intrinsic difficulties associated with this inverse problem, and 2) decreased accuracy of the data. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Glaciology
Volume21
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth-Surface Processes

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