EGU General Assembly 2020
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Sea ice representation in sea ice model of CICE and Icepack

Caixin Wang1, Mats A. Granskog2, Jens Boldingh Debernard1, and Keguang Wang1
Caixin Wang et al.
  • 1Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Research and Development Department, Oslo, Norway
  • 2Norwegian Polar Institute, Fram Centre, Tromsø, Norway

Sea ice is a critical component of the Earth system, playing an important role in high-latitude
surface radiation balance and heat, moisture and momentum exchange between atmosphere
and ocean. In recent years, rapid changes have been occurring in Arctic sea ice, including
decline in ice extent/area, decreasing in ice thickness and volume, and shifting towards a first-
year ice (FYI) dominated, rather than multi-year ice (MYI) dominated ice pack. These are one
of the most well-known and striking examples of climate change. However, representing
these changes in the model is still in question since most of our knowledge is based on MYI.
CICE is a sea ice model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1994. It is
widely used to simulate the growth, melt and movement of sea ice, and to resolve the
biogeochemical processes. Its column version, Icepack, has been separated from CICE after
CICE V5.1.2, which provides additional opportunity for simulating the evolution of drifting
sea ice floes. How about the representation of sea ice in a column model (Icepack) and a 3d
model (CICE)? In 2012, an ice mass balance buoy (IMB) and a Spectral Radiation Buoy
(SRB) were deployed on FYI near the North Pole, and later drifted towards Fram Strait. These
buoys collected a complete summer melt season of in-band (350-800 nm) spectral solar
radiation and sea ice mass balance data. In this study, we apply the Icepack (version 1.1.1)
and CICE (version 5.1.2) to investigate the seasonal evolution of sea ice in 2012 in these two models, and
assess how well the physical processes are represented in CICE and Icepack, with the focus
on the surface changes.

How to cite: Wang, C., Granskog, M. A., Debernard, J. B., and Wang, K.: Sea ice representation in sea ice model of CICE and Icepack, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-21935,, 2020