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Snow in the changing sea-ice systems


Webster, M and Gerland, S and Holland, M and Hunke, E and Kwok, R and Lecomte, O and Massom, R and Perovich, D and Sturm, M, Snow in the changing sea-ice systems, Nature Climate Change, 8, (11) pp. 946-953. ISSN 1758-678X (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0286-7


Snow is the most reflective, and also the most insulative, natural material on Earth. Consequently, it is an integral part of the sea-ice and climate systems. However, the spatial and temporal heterogeneities of snow pose challenges for observing, understanding and modelling those systems under anthropogenic warming. Here, we survey the snow–ice system, then provide recommendations for overcoming present challenges. These include: collecting process-oriented observations for model diagnostics and understanding snow–ice feedbacks, and improving our remote sensing capabilities of snow for monitoring large-scale changes in snow on sea ice. These efforts could be achieved through stronger coordination between the observational, remote sensing and modelling communities, and would pay dividends through distinct improvements in predictions of polar environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:snow, sea ice, thickness, properties, Arctic, Antarctic
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Other physical sciences
Research Field:Other physical sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Massom, R (Dr Robert Massom)
ID Code:129173
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:66
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2018-11-13
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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