Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 15, 4165–4178, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4165-2021

Special issue: The Weddell Sea and the ocean off Dronning Maud Land: unique...

The Cryosphere, 15, 4165–4178, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4165-2021

Research article 31 Aug 2021

Research article | 31 Aug 2021

Recent observations of superimposed ice and snow ice on sea ice in the northwestern Weddell Sea

Stefanie Arndt et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-136', Anonymous Referee #1, 11 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-136', Anonymous Referee #2, 12 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Aug 2021) by Laura de Steur
AR by Stefanie Arndt on behalf of the Authors (05 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Aug 2021) by Laura de Steur
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Short summary
We present here snow and ice core data from the northwestern Weddell Sea in late austral summer 2019, which allow insights into possible reasons for the recent low summer sea ice extent in the Weddell Sea. We suggest that the fraction of superimposed ice and snow ice can be used here as a sensitive indicator. However, snow and ice properties were not exceptional, suggesting that the summer surface energy balance and related seasonal transition of snow properties have changed little in the past.