Warm ocean is Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf

Dotson ice shelf thinning

A new study grants us a bit of further insight into how a warming ocean is impacting the Antarctic. Entitled “Channelized Melting Drives Thinning Under a Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf”, it was published a few days ago in Geophysical research Letters (full open access). It describes how the ocean is eating away underneath the Dotson … Read more

Antarctic: Irreversible ocean warming threatens the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf

Hartmut Hellmer, Frank Kauker, Ralph Timmermann, and Tore Hattermann Alfred of the Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, have published a new paper that focuses on the potential collapse of an Antarctic ice shelf. It is entitled “The Fate of the Southern Weddell Sea Continental Shelf in a Warming Climate”, … Read more

The secrets of hidden lakes of water in #Antarctic hint at dire consequences

Chris Mooney has been writing within the Washington Post about a lake of water that exists underneath an ice shelf in East Antarctica … “Many people refer to East Antarctica as being too cold for significant melt,” says Jan Lenaerts, a glaciologist with the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. “I mean there’s marginal melt in summer, … Read more

Breakup of Larson C Ice Shelf edges closer #antarctic #climate

A picture of a massive rift far inland on the Larson C Ice shelf has been published via NASA #ICEBridge (see above). What is IceBridge? The goal NASA’s Operation IceBridge is to collect data on changing polar land and sea ice. They have been doing this via a series of flights over the region. This is being done … Read more