Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Research article
12 Jun 2018
Research article |  | 12 Jun 2018

Antarctic sub-shelf melt rates via PICO

Ronja Reese, Torsten Albrecht, Matthias Mengel, Xylar Asay-Davis, and Ricarda Winkelmann


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AR by Ronja Reese on behalf of the Authors (20 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Nov 2017) by Eric Larour
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Jan 2018)
ED: Publish as is (09 Feb 2018) by Eric Larour
AR by Ronja Reese on behalf of the Authors (28 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Floating ice shelves surround most of Antarctica and ocean-driven melting at their bases is a major reason for its current sea-level contribution. We developed a simple model based on a box model approach that captures the vertical ocean circulation generally present in ice-shelf cavities and allows simulating melt rates in accordance with physical processes beneath the ice. We test the model for all Antarctic ice shelves and find that melt rates and melt patterns agree well with observations.