What is it about?

In our new paper, we are interested in understanding the year-to-year variability of Arctic sea ice thickness along with the long-term trend.

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Why is it important?

Without a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases, we project significant losses of Arctic sea ice thickness by the middle to end of the 21st century. This will have large ecological, social, political, and economic consequences beyond just the Arctic.


We emphasize the importance of considering year-to-year variability in future sea ice thickness, which is heavily influenced by weather, ocean dynamics, and other climate modes of variability (e.g., NAM, AMO). We do not expect new minimum thickness records each year. Our future work will assess how sea ice thickness loss contributes to the large-scale atmospheric circulation

Dr. Zachary Michael Labe
Colorado State University

Read the Original

This page is a summary of: Variability of Arctic Sea Ice Thickness Using PIOMAS and the CESM Large Ensemble, Journal of Climate, March 2018, American Meteorological Society,
DOI: 10.1175/jcli-d-17-0436.1.
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