Examining Holocene stability of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves

Hodgson, D.A. ORCID:; Bentley, M.J.; Roberts, S.J. ORCID:; Smith, J.A. ORCID:; Sugden, D.E.; Domack, E.W.. 2006 Examining Holocene stability of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves. Eos. Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 87 (31). 305-308.

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Temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula are increasing at a rate of 3.4°C per century, more than five times the global mean. At the same time, the region's ice shelves have retreated and collapsed, with an area of more than 14,000 square kilometers disappearing within the past two decades. Ice shelf retreat has followed the southward migration of the −9°C mean annual isotherm, referred to as the ‘climatic limit of ice shelf stability’ (Figure 1). Thus, present-day ice shelf retreats on the Antarctic Peninsula have been linked to increased atmospheric temperature [Vaughan et al., 2003].

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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > Climate and Chemistry - Forcings and Phasings in the Earth System
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Date made live: 09 May 2012 10:43 +0 (UTC)

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