14th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography


Clues to changes in Arctic summer-minimum sea ice extent

Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; and E. Hunter

Significant change is now a way of life in the Arctic. Analyses of nearly every observable parameter -- be it physical, biological, or chemical -- adds to a growing body of evidence that business-as-usual in the Arctic is a thing of the past, and that the region may be headed toward conditions beyond human experience. Over much of the Arctic Ocean, however, attempts to decipher how and why these changes are occurring are hampered by gaps in information essential for answering these questions. This void contributes to our incomplete understanding of fundamental Arctic variability, to deficiencies in model representations of climate processes, and to poorly defined links among the system's components. New products from 26 years of polar-orbiting satellite data are helping to fill these gaps. This presentation will focus on combining products from sounders, imagers, and passive microwave sensors to explain the observed dramatic changes in maximum sea ice retreat in the Arctic's peripheral seas. .

Session 4, Climatology and Long-Term Satellite Studies: Part I
Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, A305

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