Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 9, 2119–2134, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2119-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 2119–2134, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2119-2015
Research article
18 Nov 2015
Research article | 18 Nov 2015

A prognostic model of the sea-ice floe size and thickness distribution

C. Horvat and E. Tziperman

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Sea-ice cover is composed of floes of different sizes and thicknesses, whose distribution varies in space and time, and may affect the interaction between sea ice and the ocean and atmosphere, yet is not represented in climate models. We develop and demonstrate a model for the evolution of the joint distribution of floe sizes and thicknesses, subject to melting and freezing, mechanical interactions between floes, and the fracture of floes by waves, forced by atmospheric and ocean forcing fields.