Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 14, 1399–1408, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1399-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1399–1408, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1399-2020
Research article
27 Apr 2020
Research article | 27 Apr 2020

Getz Ice Shelf melt enhanced by freshwater discharge from beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Wei Wei et al.

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Getz Ice Shelf is the largest meltwater source from Antarctica of the Southern Ocean. This study compares the relative importance of the meltwater production of Getz from both ocean and subglacial sources. We show that basal melt rates are elevated where bathymetric troughs provide pathways for warm Circumpolar Deep Water to enter the Getz Ice Shelf cavity. In particular, we find that subshelf melting is enhanced where subglacially discharged fresh water flows across the grounding line.