Articles | Volume 17, issue 4
Research article
04 Apr 2023
Research article |  | 04 Apr 2023

Rapid sea ice changes in the future Barents Sea

Ole Rieke, Marius Årthun, and Jakob Simon Dörr

Data sets

Gridded Monthly Sea Ice Extent and Concentration, 1850 Onward, Version 2 J. E. Walsh, W. L. Chapman, F. Fetterer, and J. S. Stewart

ERA5 monthly averaged data on single levels from 1940 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

Short summary
The Barents Sea is the region of most intense winter sea ice loss, and future projections show a continued decline towards ice-free conditions by the end of this century but with large fluctuations. Here we use climate model simulations to look at the occurrence and drivers of rapid ice change events in the Barents Sea that are much stronger than the average ice loss. A better understanding of these events will contribute to improved sea ice predictions in the Barents Sea.