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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-3949-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-3949-2022
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05 Oct 2022
Research article |  | 05 Oct 2022

Quantifying the effects of background concentrations of crude oil pollution on sea ice albedo

Benjamin Heikki Redmond Roche and Martin D. King

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Sea ice is bright, playing an important role in reflecting incoming solar radiation. The reflectivity of sea ice is affected by the presence of pollutants, such as crude oil, even at low concentrations. Modelling how the brightness of three types of sea ice is affected by increasing concentrations of crude oils shows that the type of oil, the type of ice, the thickness of the ice, and the size of the oil droplets are important factors. This shows that sea ice is vulnerable to oil pollution.