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Freshening by glacial meltwater enhances melting of ice shelves and reduces formation of Antarctic Bottom Water

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, April 2018
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Title
Freshening by glacial meltwater enhances melting of ice shelves and reduces formation of Antarctic Bottom Water
Published in
Science Advances, April 2018
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.aap9467
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Authors

Alessandro Silvano, Stephen Rich Rintoul, Beatriz Peña-Molino, William Richard Hobbs, Esmee van Wijk, Shigeru Aoki, Takeshi Tamura, Guy Darvall Williams

Abstract

Strong heat loss and brine release during sea ice formation in coastal polynyas act to cool and salinify waters on the Antarctic continental shelf. Polynya activity thus both limits the ocean heat flux to the Antarctic Ice Sheet and promotes formation of Dense Shelf Water (DSW), the precursor to Antarctic Bottom Water. However, despite the presence of strong polynyas, DSW is not formed on the Sabrina Coast in East Antarctica and in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Using a simple ocean model driven by observed forcing, we show that freshwater input from basal melt of ice shelves partially offsets the salt flux by sea ice formation in polynyas found in both regions, preventing full-depth convection and formation of DSW. In the absence of deep convection, warm water that reaches the continental shelf in the bottom layer does not lose much heat to the atmosphere and is thus available to drive the rapid basal melt observed at the Totten Ice Shelf on the Sabrina Coast and at the Dotson and Getz ice shelves in the Amundsen Sea. Our results suggest that increased glacial meltwater input in a warming climate will both reduce Antarctic Bottom Water formation and trigger increased mass loss from the Antarctic Ice Sheet, with consequences for the global overturning circulation and sea level rise.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 149 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 34 23%
Student > Master 28 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 27 18%
Student > Bachelor 10 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 5%
Other 26 17%
Unknown 16 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 92 62%
Environmental Science 18 12%
Physics and Astronomy 7 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 3%
Unspecified 2 1%
Other 4 3%
Unknown 21 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 442. 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 12 September 2019.
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#22,870
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