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Volume 12, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 12, 1791–1809, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1791-2018
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The Cryosphere, 12, 1791–1809, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1791-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 30 May 2018

Research article | 30 May 2018

Warm winter, thin ice?

Julienne C. Stroeve et al.
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This paper looks at the impact of the warm winter and anomalously low number of total freezing degree days during winter 2016/2017 on thermodynamic ice growth and overall thickness anomalies. The approach relies on evaluation of satellite data (CryoSat-2) and model output. While there is a negative feedback between rapid ice growth for thin ice, with thermodynamic ice growth increasing over time, since 2012 that relationship is changing, in part because the freeze-up is happening later.
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