Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 12, 1331–1345, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1331–1345, 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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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.