Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Research article
25 Aug 2023
Research article |  | 25 Aug 2023

Summer sea ice floe perimeter density in the Arctic: high-resolution optical satellite imagery and model evaluation

Yanan Wang, Byongjun Hwang, Adam William Bateson, Yevgeny Aksenov, and Christopher Horvat

Data sets

High-resolution floe size distribution of Arctic sea ice 2000-2014 Byongjun Hwang and Yanan Wang

Model output: CICE experiments with varying floe and wave physics Lettie A. Roach

Simulations of the Arctic sea ice comparing different approaches to modelling the floe size distribution and their respective impacts on the sea ice cover Adam Bateson

Short summary
Sea ice is composed of small, discrete pieces of ice called floes, whose size distribution plays a critical role in the interactions between the sea ice, ocean and atmosphere. This study provides an assessment of sea ice models using new high-resolution floe size distribution observations, revealing considerable differences between them. These findings point not only to the limitations in models but also to the need for more high-resolution observations to validate and calibrate models.