Changes in Arctic Melt Season and Implications for Sea Ice Loss

  title={Changes in Arctic Melt Season and Implications for Sea Ice Loss},
  author={Julienne C. Stroeve and Thorsten Markus and Linette N. Boisvert and Jeffrey A. Miller and Andrew P. Barrett},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
The Arctic-wide melt season has lengthened at a rate of 5 days decade−1 from 1979 to 2013, dominated by later autumn freezeup within the Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas between 6 and 11 days decade−1. While melt onset trends are generally smaller, the timing of melt onset has a large influence on the total amount of solar energy absorbed during summer. The additional heat stored in the upper ocean of approximately 752 MJ m−2 during the last decade increases sea surface… Expand

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