The water can also seep through cracks in the ice, further affecting the forces acting on the icy landmass.
Dr Banwell has previously shown how draining melt ponds contributed to the collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf in 2002.
However, unlike the Larsen B ice shelf, George VI is wedged in-between the Antarctic Peninsula and Alexander Island, making it a more stable landmass.
Dr Banwell said: “George VI is quite stable and can probably support a lot of melt without collapsing.”
The George Vi ice shelf is about 279 miles (450km) long and measures between 12 miles and 43.5km (20km and 70km) wide.