Articles | Volume 19, issue 3
Research article
22 May 2023
Research article |  | 22 May 2023

Sudden, local temperature increase above the continental slope in the southern Weddell Sea, Antarctica

Elin Darelius, Vår Dundas, Markus Janout, and Sandra Tippenhauer


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Antarctica's ice shelves are melting from below as ocean currents bring warm water into the ice shelf cavities. The melt rates of the large Filchner–Ronne Ice Shelf in the southern Weddell Sea are currently low, as the water in the cavity is cold. Here, we present data from a scientific cruise to the region in 2021 and show that the warmest water at the upper part of the continental slope is now about 0.1°C warmer than in previous observations, while the surface water is fresher than before.