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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AR by Carie Frantz on behalf of the Authors (29 Nov 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Nov 2018) by Martin Schneebeli
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Dec 2018)
RR by Sönke Maus (14 Dec 2018)
ED: Publish as is (19 Dec 2018) by Martin Schneebeli
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.