A low-order theory of Arctic sea ice stability

  title={A low-order theory of Arctic sea ice stability},
  author={Woosok Moon and John S Wettlaufer},
We analyze the stability of a low-order coupled sea ice and climate model and extract the essential physics governing the time scales of response as a function of greenhouse gas forcing. Under present climate conditions the stability is controlled by longwave radiation driven heat conduction. However, as greenhouse gas forcing increases and the ice cover decays, the destabilizing influence of ice-albedo feedback acts on equal footing with longwave stabilization. Both are seasonally out of phase… CONTINUE READING
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