Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 4103–4120, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4103-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 4103–4120, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-4103-2020

Research article 18 Nov 2020

Research article | 18 Nov 2020

Distribution and seasonal evolution of supraglacial lakes on Shackleton Ice Shelf, East Antarctica

Jennifer F. Arthur et al.

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Surface meltwater lakes can flex and fracture ice shelves, potentially leading to ice shelf break-up. A long-term record of lake evolution on Shackleton Ice Shelf is produced using optical satellite imagery and compared to surface air temperature and modelled surface melt. The results reveal that lake clustering on the ice shelf is linked to melt-enhancing feedbacks. Peaks in total lake area and volume closely correspond with intense snowmelt events rather than with warmer seasonal temperatures.