Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 12, 1013–1026, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1013-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1013–1026, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1013-2018

Research article 22 Mar 2018

Research article | 22 Mar 2018

A network model for characterizing brine channels in sea ice

Ross M. Lieblappen et al.

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We imaged first-year sea ice using micro-computed tomography to visualize, capture, and quantify the 3-D complex structure of salt water channels weaving through sea ice. From these data, we then built a mathematical network to better understand the pathways transporting heat, gases, and salts between the ocean and the atmosphere. Powered with this structural knowledge, we can create new modeled brine channels for a given sea ice depth and temperature that accurately mimic field conditions.