Ross ice shelf vibrations

P. D. Bromirski, A. Diez, P. Gerstoft, R. A. Stephen, T. Bolmer, D. A. Wiens, R. C. Aster, A. Nyblade

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Broadband seismic stations were deployed across the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) in November 2014 to study ocean gravity wave-induced vibrations. Initial data from three stations 100-km from the RIS front and within 10-km of each other show both dispersed infragravity (IG) wave and ocean swell-generated signals resulting from waves that originate in the North Pacific. Spectral levels from 0.001 to 10-Hz have the highest accelerations in the IG band (0.0025-0.03-Hz). Polarization analyses indicate complex frequency-dependent particle motions, with energy in several frequency bands having distinctly different propagation characteristics. The dominant IG band signals exhibit predominantly horizontal propagation from the north. Particle motion analyses indicate retrograde elliptical particle motions in the IG band, consistent with these signals propagating as Rayleigh-Lamb (flexural) waves in the ice shelf/water cavity system that are excited by ocean wave interactions nearer the shelf front.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7589-7597
Number of pages9
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 28 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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