Nonlinear interaction between ocean tides and the Larsen C Ice Shelf system

King, Matt, Makinson, Keith and Gudmundsson, Hilmar (2011) Nonlinear interaction between ocean tides and the Larsen C Ice Shelf system. Geophysical Research Letters, 38 (8). L08501. ISSN 0094-8276

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We report on three GPS records of flow of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, spanning 2 months to 2 years. Variations in speed are evident at periods from a few hours to ∼182 days, including semi‐diurnal, diurnal and ∼14.76 days. At fortnightly periods the ice shelf varies by ±10% from its long‐term speed but at diurnal timescales it is up to ±100%. A nonlinear relationship between ocean tides and velocity is required to explain the observed variations in flow. As an initial examination we model flow as a non‐linear function of basal shear stress including tidal perturbations in the ice shelf grounding zone and show that the major features of the observations are reproduced, notably the long‐period signal largely absent from the vertical tidal signal. Alternative explanations are discussed. These observations demonstrate that the ice shelf system is highly sensitive to relatively modest changes in forcing at its boundaries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ice shelf, tides, nonlinear, glacier, basal conditions
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 15:22
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 15:01

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