Current Climate Change Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 174–184 | Cite as

Progress in Numerical Modeling of Antarctic Ice-Sheet Dynamics

  • Frank PattynEmail author
  • Lionel Favier
  • Sainan Sun
  • Gaël Durand
Glaciology and Climate Change (T Payne, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. This article is part of the Topical Collection on Glaciology and Climate Change


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.


Ice-sheet modeling Antarctica Marine ice Sheet instability 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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  1. 1.Laboratoire de GlaciologieUniversité libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (IGE)Université Grenoble-AlpesGrenobleFrance

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