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Data initiatives for ocean-driven melt of Antarctic ice shelves


Cook, S and Nicholls, KW and Vankova, I and Thompson, SS and Galton-Fenzi, BK, Data initiatives for ocean-driven melt of Antarctic ice shelves, Annals of Glaciology pp. 1-6. ISSN 1727-5644 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/aog.2023.6


Ocean-driven melt of Antarctic ice shelves is an important control on mass loss from the ice sheet, but is complex to study due to significant variability in melt rates both spatially and temporally. Here we assess the strengths and weakness of satellite and field-based observations as tools for testing models of ice-shelf melt. We discuss how the complementary use of field, satellite and model data can be a powerful but underutilised tool for studying melt processes. Finally, we identify some community initiatives working to collate and publish coordinated melt rate datasets, which can be used in future for validating satellite-derived maps of melt and evaluating processes in numerical simulations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:glaciological instruments and methods, ice/ocean interactions, ice shelves, melt-basal
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean ice dynamics
UTAS Author:Cook, S (Dr Sue Cook)
UTAS Author:Thompson, SS (Dr Sarah Thompson)
UTAS Author:Galton-Fenzi, BK (Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi)
ID Code:155753
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Australian Antarctic Program Partnership
Deposited On:2023-03-14
Last Modified:2023-03-15

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