Improved Surface Mass Balance Mapping of Antartica by Quantifying Wind-blown and Sublimated Snow

Lead PI: Dr. Indrani Das , Dr. Robin E. Bell, Timothy Creyts

Unit Affiliation: Marine and Polar Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

April 2014 - April 2018
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Persistent katabatic winds impact snow accumulation rates in Antarctica leading to enhanced mass loss by sublimation of wind blown snow. This process is currently not included in climate models. This proposal uses airborne radar data to quantify mass loss over wind-scour zones.