Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
Research article
12 Aug 2022
Research article |  | 12 Aug 2022

Improving model-satellite comparisons of sea ice melt onset with a satellite simulator

Abigail Smith, Alexandra Jahn, Clara Burgard, and Dirk Notz

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The timing of Arctic sea ice melt each year is an important metric for assessing how sea ice in climate models compares to satellite observations. Here, we utilize a new tool for creating more direct comparisons between climate model projections and satellite observations of Arctic sea ice, such that the melt onset dates are defined the same way. This tool allows us to identify climate model biases more clearly and gain more information about what the satellites are observing.