Radio Echo Determination of Basal Roughness Characteristics on the Ross Ice Shelf

C. S. Neal
1982 Annals of Glaciology  
The small-scale roughness characteristics of the bottom surface of the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) are determined at two locations using airborne radio echo-sounding results. Small-scale roughness is not resolvable by an echo sounder, but may be quantified by examination of the fading pattern of the received echo. A full interpretation of the bottom echo requires a knowledge of the modulation imposed upon the radar signal by the ice/air boundary. This is obtained by determining the roughness scales of
more » ... roughness scales of the ice-shelf surface. Its effect on estimates of basal roughness is investigated and is found to be unimportant in most cases.
doi:10.3189/s0260305500002809 fatcat:znt6ahzho5hpte7rww4zotpb2a