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Marine Ice Sheet Collapse Potentially Under Way for the Thwaites Glacier Basin, West Antarctica

Overview of attention for article published in Science, May 2014
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130 news outlets
blogs
43 blogs
policy
3 policy sources
twitter
256 tweeters
facebook
5 Facebook pages
wikipedia
3 Wikipedia pages

Citations

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550 Mendeley
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6 CiteULike
Title
Marine Ice Sheet Collapse Potentially Under Way for the Thwaites Glacier Basin, West Antarctica
Published in
Science, May 2014
DOI 10.1126/science.1249055
Pubmed ID
Authors

I. Joughin, B. E. Smith, B. Medley

Abstract

Resting atop a deep marine basin, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has long been considered prone to instability. Using a numerical model, we investigated the sensitivity of Thwaites Glacier to ocean melt and whether its unstable retreat is already under way. Our model reproduces observed losses when forced with ocean melt comparable to estimates. Simulated losses are moderate (<0.25 mm per year at sea level) over the 21st century but generally increase thereafter. Except possibly for the lowest-melt scenario, the simulations indicate that early-stage collapse has begun. Less certain is the time scale, with the onset of rapid (>1 mm per year of sea-level rise) collapse in the different simulations within the range of 200 to 900 years.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 11 2%
Canada 3 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Belgium 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Ghana 1 <1%
Other 3 <1%
Unknown 520 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 149 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 121 22%
Student > Master 59 11%
Student > Bachelor 46 8%
Professor 26 5%
Other 99 18%
Unknown 50 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 276 50%
Environmental Science 85 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 29 5%
Physics and Astronomy 16 3%
Engineering 15 3%
Other 64 12%
Unknown 65 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1533. 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 05 May 2021.
All research outputs
#3,694
of 17,709,629 outputs
Outputs from Science
#249
of 70,875 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#20
of 196,886 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#1
of 874 outputs
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