Bulletin of Glaciological Research
Online ISSN : 1884-8044
Print ISSN : 1345-3807
ISSN-L : 1345-3807
Glaciological traverse across the Southern Patagonian Icefield(南パタゴニア氷原の横断)
Masahiro MINOWA(箕輪昌紘)Marius SCHAEFER(マリウス・シェーファー)Pedro SKVARCA(ペドロ・スクバルカ)Sumito MATOBA(的場澄人)Guisella GACITÚA(ギセラ・ガシチュア)
ジャーナル フリー

2019 年 37 巻 p. 47-56


To better understand the temporal variation of the ice surface elevation and the spatio-temporal variation of snow accumulation in the accumulation area of the Southern Patagonian Icefield, we carried out a glaciological traverse in October 2018. This included measurements of surface elevation, firn layers, and sampling of snow in the accumulation areas of Glaciar Viedma and Glaciar Pío XI. The main results from the traverse are: i) during the period of 2000-2018 the surface elevation in the accumulation area of Glaciar Viedma decreased by 1.7ma-1, but increased at Glaciar Pío XI by 0.4ma-1, ii) ground-penetrating radar revealed numerous firn layers with a continuous water aquifer at 20-40m depth, iii) the water isotope ratio of surface snow samples varied with wind direction. Repeating the traverse in the area will provide an opportunity to answer questions about the contrasting glacier behavior and the snow accumulation rate, a necessary step to make reliable projections of future glacier behavior in Patagonia.

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