Journal of Oceanography

, Volume 59, Issue 5, pp 629–635 | Cite as

Seasonal and Spatial Variations of Iceberg Drift off Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, Detected by Satellite Scatterometers

  • Shigeru AokiEmail author


Seasonal and spatial variations of iceberg drift were studied using continuous satellite scatterometer images off Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. Generally, iceberg drift speed showed a westward increase to the Greenwich Meridian. Seasonal variations of the drift speed were high in autumn—early winter and low in spring, and their magnitudes also increased westward. Seasonal variations of the drift speed were significantly correlated with variations of sea levels at Syowa and Mawson Stations, and hence qualitatively consistent with geostrophic current variations. Thus, the scatterometer data are demonstrated to be useful in monitoring iceberg trajectory and oceanic current variations.

Satellite scatterometers iceberg drift sea level seasonal variation spatial variation Antarctica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Antarctic Environment Monitoring, National Institute of Polar ResearchThe Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI)Kaga, Itabashi-ku, TokyoJapan

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