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Intrusion of warm surface water beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Authors: Stern, A.
Resource type:Composite Resource
Created:Apr 01, 2018 at 5:25 p.m.
Last updated: Apr 09, 2018 at 6:53 p.m. by CTEMPs OSU-UNR


A 6 month temperature record collected below McMurdo Ice Shelf in 2011–2012 shows the temporal and spatial structure of the summertime warm water signal that penetrates beneath the ice shelf. The strength and duration of the warm water intrusion suggest an annual melt rate at Windless Bight of 0.71 m/yr. A Ross Sea numerical model demonstrates a seasonal warm water pathway leading from the west side of the Ross Sea Polynya (RSP) toward McMurdo Sound. The warm water enters McMurdo Sound, subducts beneath the ice shelf and causes accelerated summer melting. Temperature data were recorded using Distributed Temperature Sensing fiber optics, which gives a vertical temperature profile at a 1 m vertical resolution. This study constitutes one of the first successful implementations of this technology in Polar Regions.

Raw project data is available by contacting ctemps@unr.edu

Subject Keywords

Windlass Bight,Ross Sea,ice shelf,McMurdo,CTEMPs,DTS,fiber optic

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Stern, A. (2018). Intrusion of warm surface water beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/52e567ffa0ae44b0aa678897a691f9ec

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