Airborne Radio Echo Sounding (RES) measures on Alpine Glaciers to evaluate ice thickness and bedrock geometry: preliminary results from pilot tests performed in the Ortles Cevedale Group (Italian Alps).

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Stefano Urbini
Achille Zirizzotti
James Baskaradas
Ignazio Ezio Tabacco
Lili Cafarella
Antonella Senese
Claudio Smiraglia
Guglielmina Diolaiuti

Abstract

Radar exploration supports glaciological studies playing several roles in ice exploration such as determining ice thickness and volume, describing ice and snow internal layering and characterizing crevassed areas. The method, widely used with full success on Polar areas, encounters more difficulties when applied to survey mountain glaciers like the Alpine and Himalayan ones. Among them, these difficulties can be addressed to the different physical characteristics of temperate ice and to logistic difficulties related to performing field operations at high elevations on areas where crevasses, seracs and ice-falls are present, making more complicate and complex the glacier surface.

In the framework of the SHARE-PAPRIKA and the SHARE-STELVIO Projects, we performed some preliminary measurements on Careser, Sforzellina and Forni glaciers (Ortles-Cevedale Group, Italy), to evaluate efficiency and applicability of a Radio Echo Sounding (RES) instrument specifically designed, developed and modified by the INGV (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) laboratories. This paper reports the results we obtained investigating each glacier, the hampering factors and the cost to benefit ratio introduced by the airborne survey.

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Urbini S, Zirizzotti A, Baskaradas J, Tabacco IE, Cafarella L, Senese A, Smiraglia C, Diolaiuti G. Airborne Radio Echo Sounding (RES) measures on Alpine Glaciers to evaluate ice thickness and bedrock geometry: preliminary results from pilot tests performed in the Ortles Cevedale Group (Italian Alps). Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 2017Apr.28 [cited 2021Oct.16];60(2):G0226. Available from: https://www.annalsofgeophysics.eu/index.php/annals/article/view/7122
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Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism

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