Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Research article
05 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 05 Mar 2019

Physical and optical characteristics of heavily melted “rotten” Arctic sea ice

Carie M. Frantz, Bonnie Light, Samuel M. Farley, Shelly Carpenter, Ross Lieblappen, Zoe Courville, Mónica V. Orellana, and Karen Junge

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Extreme summer melt: Assessing the habitability and physical structure of rotting first-year Arctic sea ice K. Junge, B. Light, M. Orellana, C. Frantz, S. Carpenter, and S. Farley

Short summary
This paper provides a characterization of the physical and optical properties of "rotten" Arctic sea ice collected in two field seasons from off the coast of Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska. Rotten ice is physically and optically distinct when compared to ice from earlier in the melt season. It is marked by large connected pores, has lost most of its brine content, and scatters more light. This fragile, permeable ice type may become increasingly important in a warming Arctic.