Commentary

Impacts of the Larsen-C Ice Shelf calving event

A giant iceberg has calved off the Larsen-C Ice Shelf, the largest remaining ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula, reducing its total area by ~10%. Whilst calving events are a natural phenomenon and thus not necessarily indicative of changing environmental conditions, such events can impact ice-shelf stability.

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Acknowledgements

This work was led by an independent research fellowship (no. 4000112797/15/I-SBo) jointly funded by the European Space Agency, the University of Leeds, and the British Antarctic Survey, with the support of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling from grant cpom30001. The authors gratefully acknowledge the ESA and the European Commission Copernicus programme for the use of Sentinel-1 data.

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    • Anna E. Hogg
  2. British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK

    • G. Hilmar Gudmundsson

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