Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
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05 Nov 2019
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 05 Nov 2019

Melt at grounding line controls observed and future retreat of Smith, Pope, and Kohler glaciers

David A. Lilien, Ian Joughin, Benjamin Smith, and Noel Gourmelen


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Aug 2019) by David M Holland
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ED: Publish as is (27 Sep 2019) by David M Holland
Short summary
We used a number of computer simulations to understand the recent retreat of a rapidly changing group of glaciers in West Antarctica. We found that significant melt underneath the floating extensions of the glaciers, driven by relatively warm ocean water at depth, was likely needed to cause the large retreat that has been observed. If melt continues around current rates, retreat is likely to continue through the coming century and extend beyond the present-day drainage area of these glaciers.