Azimuthal dependence in the gravity field induced by recent and past cryospheric forcings

David A. Yuen, Paolo Gasperini, Roberto Sabadini, Enzo Boschi

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Abstract

Present‐day glacial activities and the current variability of the Antarctic ice volume can cause variations in the long‐wavelength gravity field as a consequence of transient viscoelastic responses in the mantle. We study the azimuthal dependence of the secular variations of the gravitational potential and find that the non‐axisymmetric contributions are more important for recent glacial retreats than for Pleistocene deglaciation. Changes in land‐based ice covering Antarctica can be detected by monitoring satellite orbits and their sensitivity to variations in gravitational harmonic for degree l greater than 3. Resonances in satellite orbits may be useful for detecting these azimuthally‐dependent gravity signals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)812-815
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1987

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