Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 16, 471–487, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-471-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 471–487, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-471-2022

Research article 09 Feb 2022

Research article | 09 Feb 2022

Weddell Sea polynya analysis using SMOS–SMAP apparent sea ice thickness retrieval

Alexander Mchedlishvili et al.

Data sets

AMSR-E ASI sea ice concentration data, Antarctic Christian Melsheimer and Gunnar Spreen https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.919778

AMSR2 ASI sea ice concentration data, Antarctic Christian Melsheimer and Gunnar Spreen https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.898400

ERA5 hourly data on pressure levels from 1979 to present H. Hersbach, B. Bell, P. Berrisford, G. Biavati, A. Horányi, J. Muñoz Sabater, J. Nicolas, C. Peubey, R. Radu, I. Rozum, D. Schepers, A. Simmons, C. Soci, D. Dee, and J.-N. Thépaut https://doi.org/10.24381/cds.bd0915c6

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In this paper we show that the activity leading to the open-ocean polynyas near the Maud Rise seamount that have occurred repeatedly from 1974–1976 as well as 2016–2017 does not simply stop for polynya-free years. Using apparent sea ice thickness retrieval, we have identified anomalies where there is thinning of sea ice on a scale that is comparable to that of the polynya events of 2016–2017. These anomalies took place in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2018.