Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 10, 1605–1629, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1605–1629, 2016
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26 Jul 2016
Research article  | Highlight paper | 26 Jul 2016

Wave climate in the Arctic 1992–2014: seasonality and trends

Justin E. Stopa et al.

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Satellite observations show the Arctic sea ice has decreased the last 30 years. From our wave model hindcast and satellite altimeter datasets we observe profound increasing wave heights, which are caused by the loss of sea ice and not the driving winds. If ice-free conditions persist later into fall, then regions like the Beaufort–Chukchi Sea will be prone to developing larger waves since the driving winds are strong this time of year.