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Solid Earth change and the evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet


Whitehouse, PL and Gomez, N and King, MA and Wiens, DA, Solid Earth change and the evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, Nature Communications, 10 Article 503. ISSN 2041-1723 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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The Author(s) 2019. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1038/s41467-018-08068-y


Recent studies suggest that Antarctica has the potential to contribute up to ∼15 m of sea-level rise over the next few centuries. The evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet is driven by a combination of climate forcing and non-climatic feedbacks. In this review we focus on feedbacks between the Antarctic Ice Sheet and the solid Earth, and the role of these feedbacks in shaping the response of the ice sheet to past and future climate changes. The growth and decay of the Antarctic Ice Sheet reshapes the solid Earth via isostasy and erosion. In turn, the shape of the bed exerts a fundamental control on ice dynamics as well as the position of the grounding line - the location where ice starts to float. A complicating issue is the fact that Antarctica is situated on a region of the Earth that displays large spatial variations in rheological properties. These properties affect the timescale and strength of feedbacks between ice-sheet change and solid Earth deformation, and hence must be accounted for when considering the future evolution of the ice sheet.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, solid Earth deformation, glacial isostatic adjustment
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geophysics
Research Field:Geodesy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:King, MA (Professor Matt King)
ID Code:130532
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:64
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2019-01-31
Last Modified:2020-05-19
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