Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 12, 1867–1886, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1867-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1867–1886, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1867-2018

Research article 05 Jun 2018

Research article | 05 Jun 2018

Snow depth on Arctic sea ice from historical in situ data

Elena V. Shalina and Stein Sandven

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In this paper we analyze snow data from Soviet airborne expeditions, Sever, which operated in late winter 1959-1986, in the Arctic and made snow measurements on the ice around plane landing sites. The snow measurements were made on the multiyear ice in the central Arctic and on the first-year ice in the Eurasian seas in the areas for which snow characteristics are poorly described in the literature. The main goal of this study is to produce an improved data set of snow depth on the sea ice.