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Exploring the mismatch between modeled and observed Antarctic sea ice area

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This paper helps to show that ice shelf melting is important in the ability of climate models to simulate the positive Antarctic sea ice trends. The authors perform a series of modeling experiments to simulate the effect of freshwater input from Antarctic ice shelves on the modeled trend of sea-ice extent. They find that forcing the circum-Antarctic ocean with a linearly increasing rate of freshwater input can reverse the modeled negative trend in sea-ice extent, a scenario that current Earth System Models struggle to reproduce. They also find that accounting for the latent heat required to melt the ice shelves by the ocean leads to a more positive trend in the modeled sea-ice extent.


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