The glaciers, an observatory of climate, exploratory step for Kerguelen component - GLACIOCLIM-KESAACO (KErguelen Surface Ablation, Accumulation and Climate Observation)Entry ID: 1048_0_IPEV_FR
Abstract: This proposal is the exploratory step for Kerguelen component of the GLACIOCLIM Observatory. GLACIOCLIM is a French observatory to globally detect, monitor and understand climate and mass balance variability in the glacial environment. In the Kerguelen archipelago (49°S, 69°E, with an ice covered area of 552km² in 2001), there have been few short term glaciological studies on Ampere Glacier (main ... glacier of Cook icecap). Paleoclimatic reconstructions over the holocene and long term data from oceanographic and meteorological observatories are also available to get information on the climatic variability during the last 50 years. However, even though these data are essential, a study of the climate-glacier relationship is still necessary to describe the main factors that induced the current dramatic retreat of the Cook icecap. Studying Kerguelen ice caps has become urgent, but is also logistically feasible. The current project plans to deploy and maintain a surface mass balance network, and meteorological instruments on and around the glacier according to GLACIOCLIM protocols. Topographic and hydrological measurements are also planned in order to get data for independent computation of the mass balance. Finally, we will go a step further in the description of the past glacier fluctuation history by dating moraines with a new lichenometric approach.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Vincent Favier
Dataset Title: GLACIOCLIM-KESAACO (KErguelen Surface Ablation, Accumulation and Climate Observation)
Dataset Release Date: 2010-12-19
Dataset Release Place: Kerguelen Archipelago - Ampere Glacier
Dataset Publisher: Favier Vincent
Data Presentation Form: Online FilesOnline Resource: http://www-lgge.ujf-grenoble.fr/ServiceObs/SiteWebAntarc/KESAACO.html
Start Date: 2010-12-19Stop Date: 2011-01-08
Latitude Resolution: -49°22'
Longitude Resolution: 69°10'
Horizontal Resolution Range: 500 meters - < 1 km
Vertical Resolution Range: 30 meters - < 100 meters
Temporal Resolution Range: Annual
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > HUMIDITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > RAIN
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > SNOW
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > NET RADIATION
CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > ALBEDO
CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS
CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > SNOW DENSITY
CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > ABLATION ZONES/ACCUMULATION ZONES
CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIER MASS BALANCE/ICE SHEET MASS BALANCE
ISO Topic Category
Quality In August 2011, field work is still in progress and data are under treatment for quality control.
Access Constraints Data access is free and rough data are fully available. However, please contact Glacioclim Staff to inquire for latest information, status, availability and recommendations. Also please keep Glacioclim staff informed of your uses of the GLACIOCLIM-KESAACO data. This is important for the long-term survival of the field program.
Use Constraints 1. Data may not be used for commercial applications.
2. please cite data provider(s).
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: ELECTRONIC MEDIA > Online Internet (HTTP)
Distribution Size: 10Mo
Distribution Format: EXCEL > Microsoft Excel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 04 76 82 42 68
Fax: 04 76 82 42 01
Email: favier at lgge.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr
54 Rue Molière BP 96
City: Saint Martin d'Hères
Postal Code: 38402
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-08-31
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-01-27
Future DIF Review Date: 2012-08-31