Articles | Volume 16, issue 11
Research article
15 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 15 Nov 2022

Influence of fast ice on future ice shelf melting in the Totten Glacier area, East Antarctica

Guillian Van Achter, Thierry Fichefet, Hugues Goosse, and Eduardo Moreno-Chamarro

Data sets

IceBridge BedMachine Greenland, Version 5 M. Morlighem et al.

Iceberg Distribution around the Antarctic continent - derived from 1997 satellite imagery Richard Porter Smith

Model code and software

NEMO ocean engine Madec Gurvan, Romain Bourdallé-Badie, Jérôme Chanut, Emanuela Clementi, Andrew Coward, Christian Ethé, Doroteaciro Iovino, Dan Lea, Claire Lévy, Tomas Lovato, Nicolas Martin, Sébastien Masson, Silvia Mocavero, Clément Rousset, Dave Storkey, Martin Vancoppenolle, Simon Müeller, George Nurser, Mike Bell, and Guillaume Samson

Short summary
We investigate the changes in ocean–ice interactions in the Totten Glacier area between the last decades (1995–2014) and the end of the 21st century (2081–2100) under warmer climate conditions. By the end of the 21st century, the sea ice is strongly reduced, and the ocean circulation close to the coast is accelerated. Our research highlights the importance of including representations of fast ice to simulate realistic ice shelf melt rate increase in East Antarctica under warming conditions.