Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 883–895, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 883–895, 2021

Research article 19 Feb 2021

Research article | 19 Feb 2021

Trends and spatial variation in rain-on-snow events over the Arctic Ocean during the early melt season

Tingfeng Dou et al.

Data sets

MERRA: NASA's Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications ( M. M. Rienecker, M. J. Suarez, R. Gelaro, et al.

The JRA-55 Reanalysis: General specifications and basic characteristics ( S. Kobayashi, Y. Ota, Y. Harada, et al.

ERA-Interim reanalysis: configuration and performance of the data assimilation system ( D. P. Dee, S. M. Uppala, A. J. Simmons, et al.

ACIS Daily Data Browser Alaska Climate Research Center

Short summary
Rain-on-snow (ROS) events can accelerate the surface ablation of sea ice, greatly influencing the ice–albedo feedback. We found that spring ROS events have shifted to earlier dates over the Arctic Ocean in recent decades, which is correlated with sea ice melt onset in the Pacific sector and most Eurasian marginal seas. There has been a clear transition from solid to liquid precipitation, leading to a reduction in spring snow depth on sea ice by more than −0.5 cm per decade since the 1980s.