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SIPN south: coordinating seasonal predictions of sea ice in the Southern Ocean

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Massonnet, F and Ried, P and Lieser, JL and Bitz, C and Fyfe, J and Hobbs, W and Kusahara, K, SIPN south: coordinating seasonal predictions of sea ice in the Southern Ocean, 35th SCAR Biennial Meetings, 19-23 June 2018, Davos, Switzerland, pp. A-938-0057-00117. (2018) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

Like many regions of our planet, the Antarctic is currently undergoing profound environmental changes. Sea ice is a prominent element of this environment: it controls the heat, gas, mass and momentum exchanges between the atmosphere and the ocean. Sea ice has been steadily expanding in the Southern Ocean since the late 1970s but has displayed significant negative anomalies in recent years. Understanding and predicting how the sea-ice cover develops over time scales as short as a season is important not only for scientists but also for stakeholders or teams organizing field campaigns. Despite all potential applications, there has been to date no overall assessment of the capabilities of current prediction systems to forecast sea ice conditions at time scales of a season. This is the goal of SIPN South. SIPN South is a 2-yr project endorsed by the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) project. SIPN South aims at evaluating the skill of various forecast systems (statistical, dynamical) in predicting the regional summer conditions around the Antarctic continent. In this poster, we are presenting the very first coordinated austral sea ice prediction that will take place in February 2018 (summer sea ice minimum).

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:SIPN-South, Antarctica, sea ice, sea-ice prediction, sea-ice forecasting
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Research Field:Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
UTAS Author:Lieser, JL (Dr Jan Lieser)
UTAS Author:Hobbs, W (Dr Will Hobbs)
UTAS Author:Kusahara, K (Dr Kazuya Kusahara)
ID Code:126030
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2018-05-18
Last Modified:2018-07-09
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