Articles | Volume 17, issue 11
Research article
01 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 01 Nov 2023

Assessing the potential for ice flow piracy between the Totten and Vanderford glaciers, East Antarctica

Felicity S. McCormack, Jason L. Roberts, Bernd Kulessa, Alan Aitken, Christine F. Dow, Lawrence Bird, Benjamin K. Galton-Fenzi, Katharina Hochmuth, Richard S. Jones, Andrew N. Mackintosh, and Koi McArthur

Data sets

Continental Scale, High Order, High Spatial Resolution, Ice Sheet Modeling Using the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM) ( E. Larour, H. Seroussi, M. Morlighem, and E. Rignot

Ice Flow of the Antarctic Ice Sheet E. Rignot, J. Mouginot, and B. Scheuchl

MEaSUREs BedMachine Antarctica, Version 3 M. Morlighem

Short summary
Changes in Antarctic surface elevation can cause changes in ice and basal water flow, impacting how much ice enters the ocean. We find that ice and basal water flow could divert from the Totten to the Vanderford Glacier, East Antarctica, under only small changes in the surface elevation, with implications for estimates of ice loss from this region. Further studies are needed to determine when this could occur and if similar diversions could occur elsewhere in Antarctica due to climate change.