Listening to Glaciers: Passive hydroacoustics near marine-terminating glaciers

Oceanography
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Abstract

The catastrophic breakup of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea in 2002 paints a vivid portrait of the effects of glacier-climate interactions. This event, along with other unexpected episodes of rapid mass loss from marine-terminating glaciers (i.e., tidewater glaciers, outlet glaciers, ice streams, ice shelves) sparked intensified study of the boundaries where marine-terminating glaciers interact with the ocean. These dynamic and dangerous boundaries require creative methods of observation and measurement. Toward this effort, we take advantage of the exceptional sound-propagating properties of seawater to record and interpret sounds generated at these glacial ice-ocean boundaries from distances safe for instrument deployment and operation.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Listening to Glaciers: Passive hydroacoustics near marine-terminating glaciers
Series title Oceanography
DOI 10.5670/oceanog.2012.81
Volume 25
Issue 3
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Oceanography Society
Publisher location Rockville, MD
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Oceanography
First page 104
Last page 105