Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
Research article
19 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 19 Nov 2018

Modelling the fate of surface melt on the Larsen C Ice Shelf

Sammie Buzzard, Daniel Feltham, and Daniela Flocco


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Short summary
Surface lakes on ice shelves can not only change the amount of solar energy the ice shelf receives, but may also play a pivotal role in sudden ice shelf collapse such as that of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002. Here we simulate current and future melting on Larsen C, Antarctica’s most northern ice shelf and one on which lakes have been observed. We find that should future lakes occur closer to the ice shelf front, they may contain sufficient meltwater to contribute to ice shelf instability.