Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 695–714, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-695-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 695–714, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-695-2021

Research article 15 Feb 2021

Research article | 15 Feb 2021

An exploratory modelling study of perennial firn aquifers in the Antarctic Peninsula for the period 1979–2016

J. Melchior van Wessem et al.

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This study presents the first modelled estimates of perennial firn aquifers (PFAs) in Antarctica. PFAs are subsurface meltwater bodies that do not refreeze in winter due to the isolating effects of the snow they are buried underneath. They were first identified in Greenland, but conditions for their existence are also present in the Antarctic Peninsula. These PFAs can have important effects on meltwater retention, ice shelf stability, and, consequently, sea level rise.