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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
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43 blogs
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3 policy sources
twitter
248 tweeters
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5 Facebook pages
wikipedia
11 Wikipedia pages

Citations

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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

Ian Joughin, Benjamin E. Smith, Brooke 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 10 2%
Germany 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Belgium 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Other 3 <1%
Unknown 576 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 152 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 128 21%
Student > Master 63 10%
Student > Bachelor 57 9%
Professor 31 5%
Other 107 18%
Unknown 67 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 296 49%
Environmental Science 92 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 5%
Physics and Astronomy 17 3%
Engineering 17 3%
Other 68 11%
Unknown 85 14%

Attention Score in Context

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#5,370
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Outputs from Science
#316
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#24
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#2
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