Estimating the risk of collapse of antarctic ice shelves

Researchers: Sergio Bacallado, Nicholas Barrand, Marko Closs (PhD student at the DREAM Centre for Doctoral Training)

Ice shelves extending off the coast of Antarctica serve an important function slowing the flow of ice from the Antarctic ice sheet into the ocean. In the time since these ice shelves started to be monitored by satellites there have been several events in which large fractions of an ice shelf rapidly collapse and melt. The goal of this project is to quantify the relationship between the ice shelf dynamics and a range of climate variables, and to assess the risk of rapid collapse under projections from various climate models.

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