Satellite-image-derived velocity field of an antarctic ice stream. Journal Article uri icon



  • The surface velocity of a rapidly moving ice stream has been determined to high accuracy and spatial density with the use of sequential satellite imagery. Variations of ice velocity are spatially related to surface undulations, and transverse velocity variations of up to 30 percent occur. Such large variations negate the concept of plug flow and call into question earlier mass-balance calculations for this and other ice streams where sparse velocity data were used. The coregistration of images with the use of the topographic undulations of the ice stream and the measurement of feature displacement with cross-correlation of image windows provide significant improvements in the use of satellite imagery for ice-flow determination.

publication date

  • April 1, 1991

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • March 13, 2015 12:53 PM

Full Author List

  • Bindschadler RA; Scambos TA

author count

  • 2

citation count

  • 2

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 242

end page

  • 246


  • 252


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