Articles | Volume 16, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 16, 4553–4569, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-4553-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 4553–4569, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-4553-2022
Research article
27 Oct 2022
Research article | 27 Oct 2022

Surface melt on the Shackleton Ice Shelf, East Antarctica (2003–2021)

Dominic Saunderson et al.

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ED: Publish as is (06 Sep 2022) by Alexandre Langlois
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Short summary
We investigate the variability in surface melt on the Shackleton Ice Shelf in East Antarctica over the last 2 decades (2003–2021). Using daily satellite observations and the machine learning approach of a self-organising map, we identify nine distinct spatial patterns of melt. These patterns allow comparisons of melt within and across melt seasons and highlight the importance of both air temperatures and local controls such as topography, katabatic winds, and albedo in driving surface melt.