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The Calving of Antarctica's Larsen-C Ice Shelf

Last month we witnessed, with the aid of radar satellite Sentinel-1, Larsen-C, the largest remaining ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula, calve one of the biggest icebergs on record. Since the breakaway, Dr Anna Hogg (University of Leeds), a CCI Research Fellow working on the CCI’s Antarctic Ice Sheet project, and Dr Hilmar Gudmundsson (the British Antarctic Survey) have continued their research/monitoring efforts with the aim of improving our general understanding (i.e. the mechanics involved) of ice shelf life cycles, where calving events are naturally included and so not necessarily indicative of changing environmental conditions, and their important role in ice sheet stability.

For more information, please see the ESA news item or their latest publication in Nature Climate Change.