National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 2004

Decadal variation of the surface water PCO2 in the western and central equatorial Pacific

Takahashi, T., S.C. Sutherland, R.A. Feely, and C.E. Cosca

Science, 302, 852–856, doi: 10.1126/science.1088570 (2003)

The retreat and collapse of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves in tandem with a regional atmospheric warming has fueled speculation as to how these events may be related. Satellite radar altimeter measurements show that between 1992 and 2001 the Larsen Ice Shelf lowered by up to 0.27 ± 0.11 meters per year. The lowering is explained by increased summer meltwater and the loss of basal ice through melting. Enhanced ocean-driven melting may provide a simple link between regional climate warming and the successive disintegration of sections of the Larsen Ice Shelf.

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