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A note on digital elevation model smoothing and driving stresses


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McCormack, FS ORCID: 0000-0002-2324-2120, Roberts, JL, Jong, LM ORCID: 0000-0001-6707-570X, Young, DA and Beem, LH 2019 , 'A note on digital elevation model smoothing and driving stresses' , Polar Research, vol. 38 , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.33265/polar.v38.3498.

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Ice-flow fields, including the driving stress, provide important information on the current state and evolution of Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheet dynamics. However, computation of flow fields from continent-scale DEMs requires the use of smoothing functions and scales, the choice of which can be ad hoc. This study evaluates smoothing functions and scales for robust calculations of driving stress from Antarctic DEMs. Our approach compares a variety of filters and scales for their capacity to minimize the residual between predicted and observed flow direction fields. We find that a spatially varying triangular filter with a width of 8–10 ice thicknesses provides the closest match between the observed and predicted flow direction fields. We use the predicted flow direction fields to highlight artefacts in observed Antarctic velocities, demonstrating that comparison of multiple observational data sets has utility for quality control of continent-scale data sets.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McCormack, FS and Roberts, JL and Jong, LM and Young, DA and Beem, LH
Keywords: ice sheet dynamics, ice sheet flow, driving stress, ice-flow direction, smoothing filter, Antarctic ice sheet
Journal or Publication Title: Polar Research
Publisher: Norwegian Polar Inst
ISSN: 0800-0395
DOI / ID Number: 10.33265/polar.v38.3498
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© 2019 F. S. McCormack et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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