Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2817-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2817-2019
Research article
 | Highlight paper
 | 
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

Viewed

Total article views: 5,646 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)
HTML PDF XML Total Supplement BibTeX EndNote
4,515 1,037 94 5,646 327 131 112
  • HTML: 4,515
  • PDF: 1,037
  • XML: 94
  • Total: 5,646
  • Supplement: 327
  • BibTeX: 131
  • EndNote: 112
Views and downloads (calculated since 10 May 2019)
Cumulative views and downloads (calculated since 10 May 2019)

Viewed (geographical distribution)

Total article views: 5,646 (including HTML, PDF, and XML) Thereof 4,574 with geography defined and 1,072 with unknown origin.
Country # Views %
  • 1
1
 
 
 
 

Cited

Latest update: 18 Jul 2024
Download
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.