COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Important role for ocean warming and increased ice-shelf melt in Antarctic sea-ice expansion
Description: The authors of this journal article show that accelerated basal melting of Antarctic ice shelves is likely to have contributed significantly to sea-ice expansion. Specifically, they present observations indicating that melt water from Antarctica's ice shelves accumulates in a cool and fresh surface layer that shields the surface ocean from the warmer deeper waters that are melting the ice shelves.[Source: Nature Geoscience]
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Source: Nature Geoscience
Publish Date: 3/31/2013
Reading Level: Expert
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