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Distributed temperature logging on the Amery Ice Shelf challenges and scientific opportunities
Roland Warner

Authors

Roland Warner
Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia

Stefan W. Vogel
Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia

Mike Craven
Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia

Alan Elcheikh
Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia

Adam Christensen
Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia

Adam Treverrow
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia

Shavawn Donoghue
Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia
Now: Integrated Marine Observing Systems, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia

Kelly Brunt
University of California San Diego, now - NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD, 20771, USA

Jeremy Ridgen
formerly: Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia

Steve Cann
formerly: Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia

David Tulloh
formerly: Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia

Scott Tyler
University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89503, USA

Ian Allison
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia, Australian Antarctic Division

Ben Galton Fenzi
Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS, 7050, Australia, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC

Abstract

Antarctic ice shelves are coupled to the climate of the Southern Ocean by the sub-ice ocean circulation, with interactions ranging from substantial basal melting to the accretion of thick layers of marine ice. They are vulnerable to increased melting from a warming ocean and from changes in ocean currents. Hidden beneath kilometre thick ice, sub-ice shelf processes are difficult to study. During the 2009/2010 field season the AMSIOR team installed two fibre optic cables through the Amery ice Shelf as part of a sub-ice ocean observation network. Optical fibre light scattering properties can be used for Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS). DTS measurements provide continuous temperature profiles at a resolution of ~1 m. Here we discuss the opportunities DTS systems provide for sub-ice and englacial temperature monitoring as well as the challenges which come with installing and operating a DTS system in Antarctica, including system set-up and calibration challenges.

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