Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 15, 2819–2833, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2819-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 2819–2833, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2819-2021

Research article 22 Jun 2021

Research article | 22 Jun 2021

Implications of surface flooding on airborne estimates of snow depth on sea ice

Anja Rösel et al.

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Recent observations in the Arctic suggest a significant shift towards a snow–ice regime caused by deep snow on thin sea ice which may result in a flooding of the snowpack. These conditions cause the brine wicking and saturation of the basal snow layers which lead to a subsequent underestimation of snow depth from snow radar mesurements. As a consequence the calculated sea ice thickness will be biased towards higher values.