Progress in Numerical Modeling of Antarctic Ice-Sheet Dynamics

Frank Pattyn*, Lionel Favier, Sainan Sun, Gaël Durand

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Numerical modeling of the Antarctic ice sheet has gone through a paradigm shift over the last decade. While initially models focussed on long-time diffusive response to surface mass balance changes, processes occurring at the marine boundary of the ice sheet are progressively incorporated in newly developed state-of-the-art ice-sheet models. These models now exhibit fast, short-term volume changes, in line with current observations of mass loss. Coupling with ocean models is currently on its way and applied to key areas of the Antarctic ice sheet. New model intercomparisons have been launched, focusing on ice/ocean interaction (MISMIP+, MISOMIP) or ice-sheet model initialization and multi-ensemble projections (ISMIP6). Nevertheless, the inclusion of new processes pertaining to ice-shelf calving, evolution of basal friction, and other processes, also increase uncertainties in the contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to future sea-level rise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-184
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Climate Change Reports
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


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