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SCAR-SERCE White Paper on Antarctic Geothermal Heat Flow

 SCAR-SERCE White Paper Antarctic Geothermal Heat Flow: Future research directions.

Authors: Alex Burton-Johnson1, Ricarda Dziadek2, Carlos Martin1, Jacqueline A. Halpin3, Pippa L. Whitehouse4, Jörg Ebbing5, Yasmina Martos6, Adam Martin7, Dustin Schroeder8, Weisen Shen9, Catherine Ritz10, John Goodge11, Brice Van Liefferinge12, Frank Pattyn13, Anya Reading3, Fausto Ferraccioli1, and The SERCE Geothermal Heat Flow Sub-Group 

1British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 2Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany; 3Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia; 4Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, UK; 5Institute of Geosciences, Kiel University, Germany; 6Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA; 7GNS Science, Dunedin, New Zealand; 8Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA; 9Stony Brook University, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY; 10Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France; 11Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota, Duluth, USA; 12Norwegian Polar Institute Fram Centre, Tromsø, Norway; 13Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. 

Antarctic geothermal heat flow (GHF) affects the ice sheet temperature, determining how it slides and internally deforms, as well as the rheological behaviour of the lithosphere. However, GHF remains poorly constrained, with few borehole-derived estimates, and there are large discrepancies in currently available glaciological and geophysical estimates. This SCAR White Paper details current methods, discusses their challenges and limitations, and recommends key future directions in GHF research. We highlight the timely need for a more multidisciplinary and internationally-coordinated approach to tackle this complex problem.