Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 11, 1851–1878, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1851-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 1851–1878, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1851-2017
Research article
08 Aug 2017
Research article | 08 Aug 2017

Sea-level response to melting of Antarctic ice shelves on multi-centennial timescales with the fast Elementary Thermomechanical Ice Sheet model (f.ETISh v1.0)

Frank Pattyn

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Marine Ice Sheet Instability is a mechanism that can potentially lead to collapse of marine sectors of the Antarctic ice sheet and floating ice shelves play a crucial role herein. Improved grounding line physics (interaction with subglacial sediment) are implemented in a new ice-sheet model and compared to traditional sliding laws. Ice shelf collapse leads to a significant higher sea-level contribution (up to 15 m in 500 years) compared to traditional grounding-line approaches.