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Data initiatives for ocean-driven melt of Antarctic ice shelves

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posted on 2023-05-21, 17:00 authored by Susan CookSusan Cook, Nicholls, KW, Vankova, I, Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson, Benjamin Galton-FenziBenjamin Galton-Fenzi
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.


Publication title

Annals of Glaciology






Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Int Glaciol Soc

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Lensfield Rd, Cambridge, England, Cb2 1Er

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© The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The International Glaciological Society. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.

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Socio-economic Objectives

Antarctic and Southern Ocean ice dynamics; Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes

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