Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 14, 1971–1984, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1971-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1971–1984, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1971-2020
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Changes of the Arctic marginal ice zone during the satellite era

Rebecca J. Rolph et al.

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It is well known that the Arctic sea ice extent is declining, and it is often assumed that the marginal ice zone (MIZ), the area of partial sea ice cover, is consequently increasing. However, we find no trend in the MIZ extent during the last 40 years from observations that is consistent with a widening of the MIZ as it moves northward. Differences of MIZ extent between different satellite retrievals are too large to provide a robust basis to verify model simulations of MIZ extent.