Ocean Dynamics and the latitude of the Ice Edge
This project aims to understand and quantify how Ocean Heat Transport (OHT) drives sea-ice extent on climatic time scales. We seek simple, theoretical relationships describing the basic physics setting the sensitivity of the sea-ice cover to OHT, relative to other key climate processes. This framework will then be used to guide an analysis of comprehensive climate models; for example, to determine how biases in OHT contribute to inter-model spread in future projections of Arctic sea-ice extent.
This project is funded by the SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.
Aylmer, J. R., D. G. Ferreira, and D. L. Feltham, 2020: Impacts of Oceanic and Atmospheric Heat Transports on Sea Ice Extent. J. Climate, 33(16), 7197–7215, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0761.1
See this blog post for a jargon-light summary.
Last update: 30th January 2019