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Modelling sea-ice thermodynamics in BALTEX-BASIS

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In this paper, we present the results of a one-dimensional, thermodynamic sea-ice model applied to the Baltic Air–Sea–Ice Study (BASIS) field data. In general, the model results are in good agreement with the measurements, which were made during mild weather conditions with distinct areal and temporal variations in the snow and ice thickness. The total amount of refrozen ice calculated from the surface melting water gives a first-order estimate of snow-ice formation during the BASIS experiment, and this agreed well with the total observed variation in ice thickness. The model slightly overestimated ice growth at the bottom. This may be due to the variation in sea-ice thermal properties, affected by a slush layer between the snow and ice, or to the lack of ice–ocean interaction in the model.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3189/172756401781818536

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • The Annals of Glaciology is a peer-reviewed, thematic journal published 2 to 4 times a year by the International Glaciological Society (IGS). Publication frequency is determined and volume/issue numbers assigned by the IGS Council on a year-to-year basis and with a lead time of 3 to 4 years. The Annals of Glaciology is included in the ISI Science Citation Index from volume 50, number 50 onwards.

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