Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 12, 1331–1345, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1331-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1331–1345, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1331-2018

Research article 13 Apr 2018

Research article | 13 Apr 2018

The color of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice

Peng Lu et al.

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AR by Peng Lu on behalf of the Authors (20 Dec 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Jan 2018) by Jennifer Hutchings
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (15 Jan 2018)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (29 Jan 2018) by Jennifer Hutchings
AR by Peng Lu on behalf of the Authors (06 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (13 Mar 2018) by Jennifer Hutchings
AR by Peng Lu on behalf of the Authors (21 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (24 Mar 2018) by Jennifer Hutchings
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Short summary
It is the first time that the color of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice was quantitatively and thoroughly investigated. We answer the question of why the color of melt ponds can change and what the physical and optical reasons are that lead to such changes. More importantly, melt-pond color was provided as potential data in determining ice thickness, especially under the summer conditions when other methods such as remote sensing are unavailable.