Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 9, 1223–1227, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1223-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 1223–1227, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1223-2015

Brief communication 15 Jun 2015

Brief communication | 15 Jun 2015

Brief Communication: Newly developing rift in Larsen C Ice Shelf presents significant risk to stability

D. Jansen et al.

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Within the last year, a large rift in the southern part of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, propagated towards the inner part of the ice shelf. In this study we present the development of the rift as derived from remote sensing data and assess the impact of possible calving scenarios on the future stability of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, using a numerical model. We find that the calving front is likely to become unstable after the anticipated calving events.