Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 14, 403–428, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-403-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 403–428, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-403-2020

Research article 04 Feb 2020

Research article | 04 Feb 2020

Impact of sea ice floe size distribution on seasonal fragmentation and melt of Arctic sea ice

Adam W. Bateson et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (03 Aug 2019) by Jennifer Hutchings
AR by Adam Bateson on behalf of the Authors (12 Aug 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (27 Aug 2019) by Jennifer Hutchings
AR by Adam Bateson on behalf of the Authors (09 Sep 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Sep 2019) by Jennifer Hutchings
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Oct 2019)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (29 Oct 2019) by Jennifer Hutchings
AR by Adam Bateson on behalf of the Authors (03 Dec 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Jan 2020) by Jennifer Hutchings
AR by Adam Bateson on behalf of the Authors (10 Jan 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
The Arctic sea ice cover has been observed to be decreasing, particularly in summer. We use numerical models to gain insight into processes controlling its seasonal and decadal evolution. Sea ice is made of pieces of ice called floes. Previous models have set these floes to be the same size, which is not supported by observations. In this study we show that accounting for variable floe size reveals the importance of sea ice regions close to the open ocean in driving seasonal retreat of sea ice.