Large-Scale Dynamics of Ice Shelves

  • Ralf Greve
  • Heinz Blatter
Part of the Advances in Geophysical and Environmental Mechanics and Mathematics book series (AGEM)


Ice shelves are floating ice masses, which are connected to and nourished by a grounded ice sheet (see Fig. 5.1). Most ice shelves, like the three major ice shelves of Antarctica (Ross Ice Shelf, Filchner-Rønne Ice Shelf, Amery Ice Shelf), are confined by large embayments. Smaller ice shelves can also be unconfined. In the latter case, stabilisation typically results from the contact with small islands or grounding on shoals.


Calve Rate Piecewise Linear Basis Function Calve Front Stress Enhancement Factor Basal Normal Stress 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Greve
    • 1
  • Heinz Blatter
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst. Low Temperature ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Inst. Atmospheric & Climate ScienceETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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