CUI Hongyan, QIAO Fangli, SHU Qi, SONG Yajuan, JIANG Chunfei. Causes for different spatial distributions of minimum Arctic sea-ice extent in 2007 and 2012[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2015, 34(9): 94-101. doi: 10.1007/s13131-015-0676-x
Citation: CUI Hongyan, QIAO Fangli, SHU Qi, SONG Yajuan, JIANG Chunfei. Causes for different spatial distributions of minimum Arctic sea-ice extent in 2007 and 2012[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2015, 34(9): 94-101. doi: 10.1007/s13131-015-0676-x

Causes for different spatial distributions of minimum Arctic sea-ice extent in 2007 and 2012

doi: 10.1007/s13131-015-0676-x
  • Received Date: 2014-08-25
  • Rev Recd Date: 2015-03-18
  • Satellite records show the minimum Arctic sea ice extents (SIEs) were observed in the Septembers of 2007 and 2012, but the spatial distributions of sea ice concentration reduction in these two years were quite different. Atmospheric circulation pattern and the upper-ocean state in summer were investigated to explain the difference. By employing the ice-temperature and ice-specific humidity (SH) positive feedbacks in the Arctic Ocean, this paper shows that in 2007 and 2012 the higher surface air temperature (SAT) and sea level pressure (SLP) accompanied by more surface SH and higher sea surface temperature (SST), as a consequence, the strengthened poleward wind was favorable for melting summer Arctic sea ice in different regions in these two years. SAT was the dominant factor influencing the distribution of Arctic sea ice melting. The correlation coefficient is -0.84 between SAT anomalies in summer and the Arctic SIE anomalies in autumn. The increase SAT in different regions in the summers of 2007 and 2012 corresponded to a quicker melting of sea ice in the Arctic. The SLP and related wind were promoting factors connected with SAT. Strengthening poleward winds brought warm moist air to the Arctic and accelerated the melting of sea ice in different regions in the summers of 2007 and 2012. Associated with the rising air temperature, the higher surface SH and SST also played a positive role in reducing summer Arctic sea ice in different regions in these two years, which form two positive feedbacks mechanism.
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