Reference : Contrasting Arctic and Antarctic sea ice temperatures
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Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Earth sciences & physical geography
Contrasting Arctic and Antarctic sea ice temperatures
Vancoppenolle, M. []
Raphael, M. []
Rousset, C. []
Vivier, F. []
Lourenço, A. []
Moreau, S. []
Delille, Bruno mailto [Université de Liège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Océanographie chimique >]
Tison, Jean-Louis []
Geophysical Research Abstracts
Vol. 18, EGU2016-13436, 2016
European Geosciences Union General Assembly
21-22 April
[en] Sea ice temperature affects the sea ice growth rate, heat content, permeability and habitability for ice algae.
Large-scale simulations with NEMO-LIM suggest large ice temperature contrasts between the Arctic and the
Antarctic sea ice. First, Antarctic sea ice proves generally warmer than in the Arctic, in particular during
winter, where differences reach up to ∼10◦C. Second, the seasonality of temperature is different among the two
hemispheres: Antarctic ice temperatures are 2-3◦C higher in spring than they are in fall, whereas the opposite
is true in the Arctic. These two key differences are supported by the available ice core and mass balance buoys
temperature observations, and can be attributed to differences in air temperature and snow depth. As a result, the
ice is found to be habitable and permeable over much larger areas and much earlier in late spring in the Antarctic
as compared with the Arctic, which consequences on biogeochemical exchanges in the sea ice zone remain to be
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