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The simulation of Antarctic sea ice in the Hadley Centre Climate Model (HadCM3)

Turner, John; Connolley, William; Cresswell, Doug; Harangozo, Stephen. 2001 The simulation of Antarctic sea ice in the Hadley Centre Climate Model (HadCM3). Annals of Glaciology, 33 (1). 585-591. 10.3189/172756401781818095

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Abstract/Summary

An assessment is presented of the extent and variability of Antarctic sea ice in the non-flux-corrected version of the Hadley Centre's coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation model (HadCM3). The results are based on a 100 year segment of a long control run of the model with the sea ice being compared to ice extents and concentrations derived from passive microwave satellite data. Over the year as a whole, the model ice extent (the area with >15% ice concentration) is 91% of that determined from satellite imagery, but, not surprisingly, the regional-scale distribution differs from the observed. Throughout the year there is too much ice near 90° E, which is believed to be present as a result of incorrect ocean currents near Kerguelen. In contrast to the satellite data, there is too little ice to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula as a result of anomalously northerly atmospheric flow, compared to observations. During the winter the sea-ice concentrations in the model are too high, possibly as a result of the simple representation of the sea ice, which does not simulate complex dynamical interactions within the pack. The annual cycle of sea-ice advance/retreat in the model has a phase error, with the winter sea-ice maximum extent being too late by about 1 month.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3189/172756401781818095
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Antarctic Climate Processes
ISSN: 02603055
Date made live: 12 Nov 2012 11:39
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/20314

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