EGU General Assembly 2021
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Theoretical modelling of ice shelf vibrations forced by ocean surface waves

Luke Bennetts1, Mike Meylan2, Balaje Kalyanaraman2, and Bishnu Lamichhane2
Luke Bennetts et al.
  • 1University of Adelaide, School of Mathematical Sciences, Adelaide, Australia (
  • 2University of Newcastle, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Australia

Seismic measurements show that ice shelves vibrate in response to ocean surface waves over a wide frequency range, from long swell to tsunami waves. The phenomenon of wave-induced ice-shelf vibrations has been linked to calving of large icebergs, rift propagation, icequake activity, and triggering of catastrophic disintegrations. I will present some recent advances in theoretical modelling of wave-induced ice-shelf vibrations, including coupling of the ice shelf/sub-shelf cavity to the open ocean, studying the influence of ice-shelf thickening and seabed shoaling towards the grounding line, simulating transient vibrations in response to incident wave packets, and incorporation of real ice-shelf and seabed geometries via the BEDMAP2 dataset. I will introduce the open-source software iceFEM, which contains many of the latest advances. 

How to cite: Bennetts, L., Meylan, M., Kalyanaraman, B., and Lamichhane, B.: Theoretical modelling of ice shelf vibrations forced by ocean surface waves, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-13620,, 2021.

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