Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 13, 2457–2474, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2457-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2457–2474, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2457-2019

Research article 23 Sep 2019

Research article | 23 Sep 2019

On the multi-fractal scaling properties of sea ice deformation

Pierre Rampal et al.

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In this article, we look at how the Arctic sea ice cover, as a solid body, behaves on different temporal and spatial scales. We show that the numerical model neXtSIM uses a new approach to simulate the mechanics of sea ice and reproduce the characteristics of how sea ice deforms, as observed by satellite. We discuss the importance of this model performance in the context of simulating climate processes taking place in polar regions, like the exchange of energy between the ocean and atmosphere.