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Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed

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Article numbere2019GL085591
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>28/02/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Geophysical Research Letters
Issue number4
Volume47
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The Larsen B ice shelf collapsed in 2002 losing an area twice the size of Greater London to the sea (3,000 km 2), in an event associated with widespread supraglacial lake drainage. Here we use optical and radar satellite imagery to investigate the evolution of the ice shelf's lakes in the decades preceding collapse. We find (1) that lakes spread southward in the preceding decades at a rate commensurate with meltwater saturation of the shelf surface; (2) no trend in lake size, suggesting an active supraglacial drainage network which evacuated excess water off the shelf; and (3) lakes mostly refreeze in winter but the few lakes that do drain are associated with ice breakup 2–4 years later. Given the relative scale of lake drainage and shelf breakup, however, it is not clear from our data whether lake drainage is more likely a cause, or an effect, of ice shelf collapse.

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An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Copyright 2020 American Geophysical Union. Leeson, A. A., Forster, E., Rice, A., Gourmelen, N., & van Wessem, J. M.. ( 2020). Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2019GL085591. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085591 To view the published open abstract, go to http://dx.doi.org and enter the DOI