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TC | Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 12, 3033–3044, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3033-2018
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The Cryosphere, 12, 3033–3044, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3033-2018
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Research article 26 Sep 2018

Research article | 26 Sep 2018

Modeling the effect of Ross Ice Shelf melting on the Southern Ocean in quasi-equilibrium

Xiying Liu

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Numerical experiments have been performed to study the effect of basal melting of the Ross Ice Shelf on the ocean southward of 35° S. It is shown that the melt rate averaged over the entire Ross Ice Shelf is 0.253 m year-1, which is associated with a freshwater flux of 3150 m3 s-1. The extra freshwater flux decreases the salinity in the Southern Ocean substantially, leading to anomalies in circulation, sea ice, and heat transport in certain parts of the ocean.
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