Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Research article
21 Apr 2022
Research article |  | 21 Apr 2022

The impact of tides on Antarctic ice shelf melting

Ole Richter, David E. Gwyther, Matt A. King, and Benjamin K. Galton-Fenzi

Data sets

Data from: Data from: Tidal Modulation of Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting Ole Richter

Model code and software

kuechenrole/waom: Whole Antarctic Ocean Model (v1.0.0) Ole Richter

kuechenrole/antarctic_melting: Post- and preprocessing tools for the ROMS Whole Antarctic Ocean Model (v1.0.0) Ole Richter

Short summary
Tidal currents may play an important role in Antarctic ice sheet retreat by changing the rate at which the ocean melts glaciers. Here, using a computational ocean model, we derive the first estimate of present-day tidal melting that covers all of Antarctica. Our results suggest that large-scale ocean models aiming to accurately predict ice melt rates will need to account for the effects of tides. The inclusion of tide-induced friction at the ice–ocean interface should be prioritized.