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Brief Communication: Newly developing rift in Larsen C Ice Shelf presents significant risk to stability

Jansen, D.; Luckman, A. J.; Cook, A.; Bevan, S.; Kulessa, B.; Hubbard, B.; Holland, P. R.. 2015 Brief Communication: Newly developing rift in Larsen C Ice Shelf presents significant risk to stability. The Cryosphere, 9. 1223-1227. 10.5194/tc-9-1223-2015

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Abstract/Summary

An established rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, formerly constrained by a suture zone containing marine ice, grew rapidly during 2014 and is likely in the near future to generate the largest calving event since the 1980s and result in a new minimum area for the ice shelf. Here we investigate the recent development of the rift, quantify the projected calving event and, using a numerical model, assess its likely impact on ice shelf stability. We find that the ice front is at risk of becoming unstable when the anticipated calving event occurs.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.5194/tc-9-1223-2015
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Polar Oceans
ISSN: 1994-0440
Date made live: 25 Feb 2015 09:25 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/509875

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