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 Christine Stroeve and Thorsten Markus and Linette N. Boisvert and J. Miller and Andrew P. Barrett},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
  pages={1216 - 1225}
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… 

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