Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Research article
26 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 26 Feb 2018

Floe-size distributions in laboratory ice broken by waves

Agnieszka Herman, Karl-Ulrich Evers, and Nils Reimer


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Short summary
In regions close to the ice edge, sea ice is composed of many separate ice floes of different sizes and shapes. Strong fragmentation is caused mainly by ice breaking by waves coming from the open ocean. At present, this process, although recognized as important for many other physical processes, is not well understood. In this study we present results of a laboratory study of ice breaking by waves, and we provide interpretation of those results that may guide analysis of other similar datasets.