Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Research article
12 Dec 2017
Research article |  | 12 Dec 2017

Optical properties of sea ice doped with black carbon – an experimental and radiative-transfer modelling comparison

Amelia A. Marks, Maxim L. Lamare, and Martin D. King

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Arctic sea ice extent is declining rapidly. Prediction of sea ice trends relies on sea ice models that need to be evaluated with real data. A realistic sea ice environment is created in a laboratory by the Royal Holloway sea ice simulator and is used to show a sea ice model can replicate measured properties of sea ice, e.g. reflectance. Black carbon, a component of soot found in atmospheric pollution, is also experimentally shown to reduce the sea ice reflectance, which could exacerbate melting.