Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 13, 41–48, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 41–48, 2019

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 et al.

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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.