IGPP is pleased to invite you to join its Fall 2020 Virtual Seminar Series presentation featuring Dustin Schroeder from Stanford. Dr. Schroeder's talk, "Radar Sounding Insights from the Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica" will be available via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, starting at 12:00pm. The seminar will be hosted on Zoom link here (password = ice).
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Note: This meeting will be recorded. Please make sure that you are comfortable with this before registering.
Abstract: Radio echo sounding is a uniquely powerful geophysical technique for studying the interior of ice sheets, glaciers, and icy planetary bodies. It can provide broad coverage and deep penetration as well as interpretable ice thickness, basal topography, and englacial radio stratigraphy. However, despite the long tradition of glaciological interpretation of radar images, quantitative analyses of radar sounding data are rare and face several technical challenges. These include attenuation uncertainty from unknown ice temperature and chemistry, clutter and losses from surface and volume scattering, and a lack of problem-specific radar theory. However, there is rich, often underexploited, information in modern radar sounding data, which is being collected over terrestrial and planetary ice at an unprecedented rate. The development and application of hypothesis-driven analysis approaches for these data can place observational constraints on the morphologic, hydrologic, geologic, mechanical, thermal, and oceanographic configurations of ice sheets and glaciers. These boundary conditions – and the physical processes which they express and control – are filling a fundamental gap our ability to understand the evolution of marine ice sheets including the critical Amundsen Sea Embayment of West Antartica.