Articles | Volume 16, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 16, 4447–4472, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-4447-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 4447–4472, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-4447-2022
Research article
20 Oct 2022
Research article | 20 Oct 2022

Wave-triggered breakup in the marginal ice zone generates lognormal floe size distributions: a simulation study

Nicolas Guillaume Alexandre Mokus and Fabien Montiel

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On the fringes of polar oceans, sea ice is easily broken by waves. As small pieces of ice, or floes, are more easily melted by the warming waters than a continuous ice cover, it is important to incorporate these floe sizes in climate models. These models simulate climate evolution at the century scale and are built by combining specialised modules. We study the statistical distribution of floe sizes under the impact of waves to better understand how to connect sea ice modules to wave modules.