Response of the East Antarctica ice sheet to sea-level rise.

R. B. Alley, I. M. Whillans

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Sea-level rise is found to cause a wave of thinning to propagate upglacier, and this wave is slowed, diffused, and damped. At the ice divide at dome C in central East Antarctica, post-Wisconsinan sea-level rise is modeled as having caused 110 m thinning, with response now 70% complete. If accumulation rates increased by 10% at the same time, then calculated net thinning has been only 75 m. Ice-sheet response to changes in sea level and accumulation rate is relatively rapid; response to temperature changes is an order of magnitude slower. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6487-6493
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberC4
StatePublished - 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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