Barrett, B.E., T. Murray, R. Clark, and K. Matsuoka, J. Geophys. Res., 113, F04011, 2008 [link to the full paper]

Glacier responses to polarized radio waves

When summer comes, glaciers in Svalbard are sweating like a horse.  The melt water runs on the glaciers, in the glaciers, and beneath the glaciers.  The water channels in the glaciers are hard to characterize visually using our eyes, so we used the radar.  in particular, we studied how the radio-wave polarization states change in the glacier and tried to use that knowledge to characterize hydrology of the glacier.

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