Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 909–925, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-909-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 909–925, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-909-2021

Research article 25 Feb 2021

Research article | 25 Feb 2021

The 32-year record-high surface melt in 2019/2020 on the northern George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula

Alison F. Banwell et al.

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Ice shelves are thick floating layers of glacier ice extending from the glaciers on land that buttress much of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and help to protect it from losing ice to the ocean. However, the stability of ice shelves is vulnerable to meltwater lakes that form on their surfaces during the summer. This study focuses on the northern George VI Ice Shelf on the western side of the AP, which had an exceptionally long and extensive melt season in 2019/2020 compared to the previous 31 seasons.