Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2111-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2111-2017
Brief communication
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07 Sep 2017
Brief communication |  | 07 Sep 2017

Brief communication: Increasing shortwave absorption over the Arctic Ocean is not balanced by trends in the Antarctic

Christian Katlein, Stefan Hendricks, and Jeffrey Key

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In the public debate, increasing sea ice extent in the Antarctic is often highlighted as counter-indicative of global warming. Here we show that the slight increases in Antarctic sea ice extent are not able to counter Arctic losses. Using bipolar satellite observations, we demonstrate that even in the Antarctic polar ocean solar shortwave energy absorption is increasing in accordance with strongly increasing shortwave energy absorption in the Arctic Ocean rather than compensating Arctic losses.