Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Brief communication
09 Jan 2019
Brief communication |  | 09 Jan 2019

Brief communication: Pancake ice floe size distribution during the winter expansion of the Antarctic marginal ice zone

Alberto Alberello, Miguel Onorato, Luke Bennetts, Marcello Vichi, Clare Eayrs, Keith MacHutchon, and Alessandro Toffoli


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AR by Alberto Alberello on behalf of the Authors (15 Oct 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (06 Dec 2018) by Ted Maksym
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (13 Dec 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (14 Dec 2018) by Ted Maksym
Short summary
Existing observations do not provide quantitative descriptions of the floe size distribution for pancake ice floes. This is important during the Antarctic winter sea ice expansion, when hundreds of kilometres of ice cover around the Antarctic continent are composed of pancake floes (D = 0.3–3 m). Here, a new set of images from the Antarctic marginal ice zone is used to measure the shape of individual pancakes for the first time and to infer their size distribution.