Articles | Volume 14, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 14, 2869–2882, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2869-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 2869–2882, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2869-2020
Research article
09 Sep 2020
Research article | 09 Sep 2020

New gravity-derived bathymetry for the Thwaites, Crosson, and Dotson ice shelves revealing two ice shelf populations

Tom A. Jordan et al.

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Linking ocean and ice sheet processes allows prediction of sea level change. Ice shelves form a floating buffer between the ice–ocean systems, but the water depth beneath is often a mystery, leaving a critical blind spot in our understanding of how these systems interact. Here, we use airborne measurements of gravity to reveal the bathymetry under the ice shelves flanking the rapidly changing Thwaites Glacier and adjacent glacier systems, providing new insights and data for future models.