Type of Thesis
Glacier mass balance is of increasing concern due to climate change, and for this reason it is important to determine and refine the best methodology for obtaining mass balance data. The present study compares the use of in situ field measurements with gravimetric mass measurements obtained by the satellite GRACE. Field mass balance data from both the Taku and Lemon Creek glaciers in southeast Alaska was compared to GRACE data for the years 20032014, and a linear regression analysis was performed to determine the correlation between these two data types. GRACE and field data show similar long term trends, however year to year mass variations are quite different between the two data sets. The correlation between the mass balance estimates from GRACE and field measurement is stronger for Taku glacier and somewhat weaker for Lemon Glacier, which is most likely due to the issues of scale and signal leakage. The results suggest that GRACE is better suited for looking at large ice caps and ice sheets rather than individual glaciers.
Beaty, Danielle, "A Comparison Between Mass Balance of the Taku and Lemon Creek Glaciers Derived from Glaciological Methods and GRACE" (2016). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1232.