Grounding Event of Iceberg D28 and Its Interactions with Seabed Topography Academic Article uri icon


  • Iceberg D28, a giant tabular iceberg that calved from Amery Ice Shelf in September 2019, grounded off Kemp Coast, East Antarctica, from August to September of 2020. The motion of the iceberg is characterized herein by time-series images captured by synthetic aperture radar (SAR) on Sentinel-1 and the moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) boarded on Terra from 6 August to 15 September 2020. The thickness of iceberg D28 was estimated by utilizing data from altimeters on Cryosat-2, Sentinel-3, and ICESat-2. By using the iceberg draft and grounding point locations inferred from its motion, the maximum water depths at grounding points were determined, varying from 221.72 21.77 m to 269.42 25.66 m. The largest disagreements in seabed elevation inferred from the grounded iceberg and terrain models from the Bedmap2 and BedMachine datasets were over 570 m and 350 m, respectively, indicating a more complicated submarine topography in the study area than that presented by the existing seabed terrain models. Wind and sea water velocities from reanalysis products imply that the driving force from sea water is a more dominant factor than the wind in propelling iceberg D28 during its grounding, which is consistent with previous findings on iceberg dynamics.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, X., Cheng, X., Liang, Q. i., Li, T., Peng, F., Chi, Z., & He, J.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Xuying||Cheng, Xiao||Liang, Qi||Li, Teng||Peng, Fukai||Chi, Zhaohui||He, Jiaying

publication date

  • January 2022