Calving fluxes and basal melt rates of Antarctic ice shelves

@article{Depoorter2013CalvingFA,
  title={Calving fluxes and basal melt rates of Antarctic ice shelves},
  author={Mathieu Depoorter and Jonathan L. Bamber and Jennifer A. Griggs and Jan T. M. Lenaerts and Stefan R. M. Ligtenberg and Michiel van den Broeke and Geir Moholdt},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2013},
  volume={502},
  pages={89-92}
}
Iceberg calving has been assumed to be the dominant cause of mass loss for the Antarctic ice sheet, with previous estimates of the calving flux exceeding 2,000 gigatonnes per year. More recently, the importance of melting by the ocean has been demonstrated close to the grounding line and near the calving front. So far, however, no study has reliably quantified the calving flux and the basal mass balance (the balance between accretion and ablation at the ice-shelf base) for the whole of… 

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