A sea ice model for the marginal ice zone with an application to the Greenland Sea

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Abstract

A model is presented that describes the formation, transport, and desalinization of frazil and pancake ice as it is formed in marginal seas. This model uses as input the total ice concentration evaluated from Special Sensor Microwave Imager and wind speed and direction. The model calculates the areal concentration, thickness, volume concentration, and salinity of frazil ice as well as the areal concentration, thickness, and salinity of pancakes. A simple parameterization for the Odden region of the Greenland Sea is presented. The model is run for the winter of 1996-1997. There are direct observations of the thickness and salinity of pancakes and the volume concentration of frazil ice to compare with the model. The model results compare very well with the measured data. This new ice model can be tuned to work in marginal seas elsewhere to calculate ice thickness, motion, and brine rejection. Also, the model can be used to determine the location of the ice edge.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume109
Issue numberC3
Pages (from-to)1-8
ISSN2169-9380
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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