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West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat driven by Holocene warm water incursions

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, July 2017
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Title
West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat driven by Holocene warm water incursions
Published in
Nature, July 2017
DOI 10.1038/nature22995
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Authors

Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, James A. Smith, David A. Hodell, Mervyn Greaves, Christopher R. Poole, Sev Kender, Mark Williams, Thorbjørn Joest Andersen, Patrycja E. Jernas, Henry Elderfield, Johann P. Klages, Stephen J. Roberts, Karsten Gohl, Robert D. Larter, Gerhard Kuhn

Abstract

Glaciological and oceanographic observations coupled with numerical models show that warm Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW) incursions onto the West Antarctic continental shelf cause melting of the undersides of floating ice shelves. Because these ice shelves buttress glaciers feeding into them, their ocean-induced thinning is driving Antarctic ice-sheet retreat today. Here we present a multi-proxy data based reconstruction of variability in CDW inflow to the Amundsen Sea sector, the most vulnerable part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, during the Holocene epoch (from 11.7 thousand years ago to the present). The chemical compositions of foraminifer shells and benthic foraminifer assemblages in marine sediments indicate that enhanced CDW upwelling, controlled by the latitudinal position of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds, forced deglaciation of this sector from at least 10,400 years ago until 7,500 years ago-when an ice-shelf collapse may have caused rapid ice-sheet thinning further upstream-and since the 1940s. These results increase confidence in the predictive capability of current ice-sheet models.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 139 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 37 27%
Researcher 36 26%
Unspecified 17 12%
Student > Master 12 9%
Student > Bachelor 10 7%
Other 27 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 90 65%
Unspecified 21 15%
Environmental Science 13 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 5%
Chemistry 2 1%
Other 6 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 220. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 April 2019.
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#55,910
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#6,028
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