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Modeling ice shelf/ocean interaction in Antarctica: A review


Dinniman, MS and Asay-Davis, XS and Galton-Fenzi, BK and Holland, PR and Jenkins, A and Timmermann, R, Modeling ice shelf/ocean interaction in Antarctica: A review, Oceanography, 29, (4) pp. 144-153. ISSN 1042-8275 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 The Oceanography Society

DOI: doi:10.5670/oceanog.2016.106


The most rapid loss of ice from the Antarctic Ice Sheet is observed where ice streams flow into the ocean and begin to float, forming the great Antarctic ice shelves that surround much of the continent. Because these ice shelves are floating, their thinning does not greatly influence sea level. However, they also buttress the ice streams draining the ice sheet, and so ice shelf changes do significantly influence sea level by altering the discharge of grounded ice. Currently, the most significant loss of mass from the ice shelves is from melting at the base (although iceberg calving is a close second). Accessing the ocean beneath ice shelves is extremely difficult, so numerical models are invaluable for understanding the processes governing basal melting. This paper describes the different ways in which ice shelf/ocean interactions are modeled and discusses emerging directions that will enhance understanding of how the ice shelves are melting now and how this might change in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Galton-Fenzi, BK (Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi)
ID Code:118148
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:68
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-07-05
Last Modified:2017-12-14
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