Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Research article
26 Jan 2021
Research article |  | 26 Jan 2021

Year-round impact of winter sea ice thickness observations on seasonal forecasts

Beena Balan-Sarojini, Steffen Tietsche, Michael Mayer, Magdalena Balmaseda, Hao Zuo, Patricia de Rosnay, Tim Stockdale, and Frederic Vitart


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (05 Oct 2020) by Yevgeny Aksenov
AR by Beena Balan Sarojini on behalf of the Authors (03 Nov 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Nov 2020) by Yevgeny Aksenov
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (01 Dec 2020)
ED: Publish as is (10 Dec 2020) by Yevgeny Aksenov
AR by Beena Balan Sarojini on behalf of the Authors (11 Dec 2020)
Short summary
Our study for the first time shows the impact of measured sea ice thickness (SIT) on seasonal forecasts of all the seasons. We prove that the long-term memory present in the Arctic winter SIT is helpful to improve summer sea ice forecasts. Our findings show that realistic SIT initial conditions to start a forecast are useful in (1) improving seasonal forecasts, (2) understanding errors in the forecast model, and (3) recognizing the need for continuous monitoring of world's ice-covered oceans.