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State of the Climate 2009: [Antarctica] Sea ice extent and concentration


Massom, RA and Reid, P and Stammerjohn, SE and Barreira, S, State of the Climate 2009: [Antarctica] Sea ice extent and concentration, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91, (7) pp. S131-S133. ISSN 1520-0477 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1175/BAMS-91-7-StateoftheClimate


The calendar year 2009 was relatively calm, climatologically speaking, for much of Antarctica, especially compared to the past two years which included ice shelf collapses juxtaposed with record-high sea ice extent. However, the total ice sheet melt during austral summer 2008/09 was the lowest of the 30-yr satellite record with no melt detected on the Ronne-Filchner and Ross Ice shelves, among other regions. In 2009, the polar atmosphere temperatures were persistently above average in the midto- lower troposphere during the winter. The latter half of the year was marked with short-lived anomalies lasting about one month. Nonetheless, the tropical El Niņo event in late 2009 did influence Antarctica, particularly through ridging in the South Pacific. In turn, this created anomalous meridional temperature advection patterns that subsequently led to regional sea ice extent and concentration anomalies and decreased precipitation to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Massom, RA (Dr Robert Massom)
ID Code:73335
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:103
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2011-09-26
Last Modified:2011-09-26

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