Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Research article
14 Jun 2017
Research article |  | 14 Jun 2017

Impacts of freshwater changes on Antarctic sea ice in an eddy-permitting sea-ice–ocean model

Verena Haid, Doroteaciro Iovino, and Simona Masina


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Since the Antarctic sea ice extent shows a recent increase, we investigate the sea ice response to changed amount and distribution of surface freshwater addition in the Southern Ocean with the ocean–sea ice model NEMO/LIM2. We find that freshwater addition within the range of current estimates increases the ice extent, but higher amounts could have an opposing effect. The freshwater distribution is of great influence on the ice dynamics and the ice thickness is strongly influenced by it.