Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 12, 1103–1119, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1103-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1103–1119, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1103-2018

Research article 28 Mar 2018

Research article | 28 Mar 2018

Atmospheric influences on the anomalous 2016 Antarctic sea ice decay

Elisabeth Schlosser et al.

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The atmospheric influence on the unusually early and strong decrease in Antarctic sea ice in the austral spring 2016 was investigated using data from the global forecast model of the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts. Weather situations related to warm, northerly flow conditions in the regions with large negative anomalies in sea ice extent and area were frequent and explain to a large part the observed melting. Additionally, oceanic influences might play a role.