Antarctic ice shelf disintegration triggered by sea ice loss and ocean swell

@article{Massom2018AntarcticIS,
  title={Antarctic ice shelf disintegration triggered by sea ice loss and ocean swell},
  author={R. Massom and T. Scambos and L. Bennetts and P. Reid and V. Squire and S. Stammerjohn},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2018},
  volume={558},
  pages={383-389}
}
Understanding the causes of recent catastrophic ice shelf disintegrations is a crucial step towards improving coupled models of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and predicting its future state and contribution to sea-level rise. An overlooked climate-related causal factor is regional sea ice loss. Here we show that for the disintegration events observed (the collapse of the Larsen A and B and Wilkins ice shelves), the increased seasonal absence of a protective sea ice buffer enabled increased flexure of… Expand

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