Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Research article
01 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 01 Nov 2017

Observationally constrained surface mass balance of Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctica

Peter Kuipers Munneke, Daniel McGrath, Brooke Medley, Adrian Luckman, Suzanne Bevan, Bernd Kulessa, Daniela Jansen, Adam Booth, Paul Smeets, Bryn Hubbard, David Ashmore, Michiel Van den Broeke, Heidi Sevestre, Konrad Steffen, Andrew Shepherd, and Noel Gourmelen

Data sets

Mean surface mass balance over Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctica (1979–2014), assimilated to in situ GPR and snow height data [Data set] P. Kuipers Munneke, D. McGrath, B. Medley, M. R. Van den Broeke, and J. M. Van Wessem

Short summary
How much snow falls on the Larsen C ice shelf? This is a relevant question, because this ice shelf might collapse sometime this century. To know if and when this could happen, we found out how much snow falls on its surface. This was difficult, because there are only very few measurements. Here, we used data from automatic weather stations, sled-pulled radars, and a climate model to find that melting the annual snowfall produces about 20 cm of water in the NE and over 70 cm in the SW.