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Improving the spatial distribution of modeled Arctic sea ice thickness

Miller, P. A., Laxon, S. W. and Feltham, D. L. (2005) Improving the spatial distribution of modeled Arctic sea ice thickness. Geophysical Research Letters, 32 (18). L18503. ISSN 0094-8276

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1029/2005GL023622


The spatial distribution of ice thickness/draft in the Arctic Ocean is examined using a sea ice model. A comparison of model predictions with submarine observations of sea ice draft made during cruises between 1987 and 1997 reveals that the model has the same deficiencies found in previous studies, namely ice that is too thick in the Beaufort Sea and too thin near the North Pole. We find that increasing the large scale shear strength of the sea ice leads to substantial improvements in the model's spatial distribution of sea ice thickness, and simultaneously improves the agreement between modeled and ERS-derived 1993–2001 mean winter ice thickness.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:35050
Publisher:American Geophysical Union


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