Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 15, 4517–4525, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4517–4525, 2021

Research article 27 Sep 2021

Research article | 27 Sep 2021

Meltwater sources and sinks for multiyear Arctic sea ice in summer

Don Perovich et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-114', Mats Granskog, 12 May 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Don Perovich, 19 Jul 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-114', Anonymous Referee #2, 02 Jul 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Don Perovich, 19 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Jul 2021) by Stephen Howell
AR by Don Perovich on behalf of the Authors (07 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (24 Aug 2021) by Stephen Howell
Short summary
During summer, Arctic sea ice melts on its surface and bottom and lateral edges. Some of this fresh meltwater is stored on the ice surface in features called melt ponds. The rest flows into the ocean. The meltwater flowing into the upper ocean affects ice growth and melt, upper ocean properties, and ocean ecosystems. Using field measurements, we found that the summer meltwater was equal to an 80 cm thick layer; 85 % of this meltwater flowed into the ocean and 15 % was stored in melt ponds.