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Sample records for ice melting temperature

  1. The Response of Ice Shelf Basal Melting to Variations in Ocean Temperature PAUL R. HOLLAND AND ADRIAN JENKINS

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    Holland, David

    The Response of Ice Shelf Basal Melting to Variations in Ocean Temperature PAUL R. HOLLAND ice shelf basal melt increases quadratically as the ocean offshore of the ice front warms. This occurs to suggest that an increase in ice shelf basal melting, caused by warmer ocean waters reaching these ice

  2. Distinguishing snow and ice melt contributions using daily MODIS and a temperature index melt model in the Hunza River basin

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    Rittger, Karl; Brodzik, Mary J.; Racoviteanu, Adina; Barrett, Andrew; Jodha Kalsa, Siri; Armstrong, Richard

    2015-04-01

    In mountainous regions of High Asia, snow and ice both contribute to streamflow, but few in-situ observations exist that can help distinguish between the two components of melt. Our goal is to develop a melt model that can distinguish between seasonal snow and glacier ice melt at a continental scale. We use a combination of MODIS-derived data sets to distinguish three surface types at daily resolution: 1) exposed glacier ice, 2) snow over ice and 3) snow over land. We use MODICE to map glacier area and then distinguish areas of exposed ice from snow over ice using thresholds on MODIS-derived albedo or grain size products. We map snow over land using the daily MODSCAG fractional snow cover product, and use the time series of three surface types as input to a temperature index melt model. The model outputs melt volumes from exposed glacier ice, snow over ice and snow over land, respectively. To partition the glacier surface into exposed glacier ice versus snow over ice, we threshold MODIS albedo or grain size based on higher-resolution Landsat 8 imagery. During the ablation period, the high elevation mid-latitude snowpack receives intense incoming solar radiation resulting in surface albedo decreases and snow grain growth. We compare differences in modeled melt using two albedo products (Terra Daily Snow Cover algorithm (MOD10A1) and Surface Reflectance BRDF/Albedo (MCD43)) and two grain size products (MODIS Snow Covered Area and Grain Size Model (MODSCAG) and MODIS Dust Radiative Forcing in Snow (MODDRFS)). For the Hunza basin, a sub-basin of the Upper Indus basin, for the years 2001-2004, the modeled melt from exposed glacier ice accounts for: 26-44% (MOD10A1 albedo), 24-32% (MCD43 albedo), 17-28% (MODSCAG grain size) or 23-26% (MODDRFS grain size) of the combined melt from all three surface areas.

  3. Variability in the surface temperature and melt extent of the Greenland ice sheet from MODIS

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Comiso, Josefino C.; Digirolamo, Nicolo E.; Shuman, Christopher A.; Box, Jason E.; Koenig, Lora S.

    2013-05-01

    moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) ice-surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland ice sheet shows a positive trend and two major melt events from 2000 to present. IST increased by ~0.55 ± 0.44°C/decade, with the greatest increase (~0.95 ± 0.44°C/decade) found in northwestern Greenland where coastal temperatures and mass loss are also increasing and outlet glaciers are accelerating. IST shows the highest rates of increase during summer (~1.35 ± 0.47°C/decade) and winter (~1.30 ± 1.53°C/decade), followed by spring (~0.60 ± 0.98°C/decade). In contrast, a decrease in IST was found in the autumn (~-1.49 ± 1.20°C/decade). The IST trends in this work are not statistically significant with the exception of the trend in northwestern Greenland. Major surface melt (covering 80% or more of the ice sheet) occurred during the 2002 and 2012 melt seasons where clear-sky measurements show a maximum melt of ~87% and ~95% of the ice sheet surface, respectively. In 2002, most of the extraordinary melt was ephemeral, whereas in 2012 the ice sheet not only experienced more total melt, but melt was more persistent, and the 2012 summer was the warmest in the MODIS record (-6.38 ± 3.98°C). Our data show that major melt events may not be particularly rare during the present period of ice sheet warming.

  4. Surface Temperature and Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet, 2000 - 2011

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Comiso, Josefino C.; Shuman, Christopher A.; Koeing, Lora S.; Box, Jason E.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.

    2012-01-01

    Enhanced melting along with surface-temperature increases measured using infrared satellite data, have been documented for the Greenland Ice Sheet. Recently we developed a climate-quality data record of ice-surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland Ice Sheet using the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) IST product -- http://modis-snow-ice.gsfc.nasa.gov.Using daily and mean-monthly MODIS IST maps from the data record we show maximum extent of melt for the ice sheet and its six major drainage basins for a 12-year period extending from March of 2000 through December of 2011. The duration of the melt season on the ice sheet varies in different drainage basins with some basins melting progressively earlier over the study period. Some (but not all) of the basins also show a progressively-longer duration of melt. The short time of the study period (approx 12 years) precludes an evaluation of statistically-significant trends. However the dataset provides valuable information on natural variability of IST, and on the ability of the MODIS instrument to capture changes in IST and melt conditions in different drainage basins of the ice sheet.

  5. Variability of Surface Temperature and Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet, 2000-2011

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Comiso, Josefino, C.; Shuman, Christopher A.; Koenig, Lora S.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.

    2012-01-01

    Enhanced melting along with surface-temperature increases measured using infrared satellite data, have been documented for the Greenland Ice Sheet. Recently we developed a climate-quality data record of ice-surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland Ice Sheet using the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) 1ST product -- http://modis-snow-ice.gsfc.nasa.gov. Using daily and mean monthly MODIS 1ST maps from the data record we show maximum extent of melt for the ice sheet and its six major drainage basins for a 12-year period extending from March of 2000 through December of 2011. The duration of the melt season on the ice sheet varies in different drainage basins with some basins melting progressively earlier over the study period. Some (but not all) of the basins also show a progressively-longer duration of melt. The short time of the study period (approximately 12 years) precludes an evaluation of statistically-significant trends. However the dataset provides valuable information on natural variability of IST, and on the ability of the MODIS instrument to capture changes in IST and melt conditions indifferent drainage basins of the ice sheet.

  6. Greenland ice sheet surface temperature, melt and mass loss: 2000-06

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    Hall, D.K.; Williams, R.S., Jr.; Luthcke, S.B.; DiGirolamo, N.E.

    2008-01-01

    A daily time series of 'clear-sky' surface temperature has been compiled of the Greenland ice sheet (GIS) using 1 km resolution moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) land-surface temperature (LST) maps from 2000 to 2006. We also used mass-concentration data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) to study mass change in relationship to surface melt from 2003 to 2006. The mean LST of the GIS increased during the study period by ???0.27??Ca-1. The increase was especially notable in the northern half of the ice sheet during the winter months. Melt-season length and timing were also studied in each of the six major drainage basins. Rapid (<15 days) and sustained mass loss below 2000 m elevation was triggered in 2004 and 2005 as recorded by GRACE when surface melt begins. Initiation of large-scale surface melt was followed rapidly by mass loss. This indicates that surface meltwater is flowing rapidly to the base of the ice sheet, causing acceleration of outlet glaciers, thus highlighting the metastability of parts of the GIS and the vulnerability of the ice sheet to air-temperature increases. If air temperatures continue to rise over Greenland, increased surface melt will play a large role in ice-sheet mass loss.

  7. Melting of ice under pressure

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    Schwegler, Eric; Sharma, Manu; Gygi, François; Galli, Giulia

    2008-01-01

    The melting of ice under pressure is investigated with a series of first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, a two-phase approach is used to determine the melting temperature of the ice-VII phase in the range of 10–50 GPa. Our computed melting temperatures are consistent with existing diamond anvil cell experiments. We find that for pressures between 10 and 40 GPa, ice melts as a molecular solid. For pressures above ?45 Gpa, there is a sharp increase in the slope of the melting curve because of the presence of molecular dissociation and proton diffusion in the solid before melting. The onset of significant proton diffusion in ice-VII as a function of increasing temperature is found to be gradual and bears many similarities to that of a type-II superionic solid. PMID:18809909

  8. Melting of Ice under Pressure

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    Schwegler, E; Sharma, M; Gygi, F; Galli, G

    2008-07-31

    The melting of ice under pressure is investigated with a series of first principles molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, a two-phase approach is used to determine the melting temperature of the ice-VII phase in the range of 10 to 50 GPa. Our computed melting temperatures are consistent with existing diamond anvil cell experiments. We find that for pressures between 10 to 40 GPa, ice melts as a molecular solid. For pressures above {approx}45 GPa there is a sharp increase in the slope of the melting curve due to the presence of molecular dissociation and proton diffusion in the solid, prior to melting. The onset of significant proton diffusion in ice-VII as a function of increasing temperature is found to be gradual and bears many similarities to that of a type-II superionic solid.

  9. Relationship Between Ice Nucleation Temperature Depression and Equilibrium Melting Points Depression of Medaka (Oryzias latipes) Embryos

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    Kimizuka, Norihito; Suzuki, Toru

    We measured the ice nucleation temperature depression , ?Tf , and equilibrium melting points depression, ?Tm, of Medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryos with different cryoprotectant (ethylene glycol, 1.3-propanediol, 1.4-butanediol, glycerol aqueous solutions) treatments. Our obtained results showed the good relationship between the ?Tf ,and ?Tm all samples. In addition the value of ? , which can be obtained from the linear relationship, ?Tf =? ?Tm, were confirmed to show correlation with the value of ? , as obtained by the W/O emulsion method.

  10. Quantum path integral simulation of isotope effects in the melting temperature of ice Ih

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    Ramirez, R; 10.1063/1.3503764

    2011-01-01

    The isotope effect in the melting temperature of ice Ih has been studied by free energy calculations within the path integral formulation of statistical mechanics. Free energy differences between isotopes are related to the dependence of their kinetic energy on the isotope mass. The water simulations were performed by using the q-TIP4P/F model, a point charge empirical potential that includes molecular flexibility and anharmonicity in the OH stretch of the water molecule. The reported melting temperature at ambient pressure of this model (T = 251 K) increases by 6.5+-0.5 K and 8.2+-0.5 K upon isotopic substitution of hydrogen by deuterium and tritium, respectively. These temperature shifts are larger than the experimental ones (3.8 K and 4.5 K, respectively). In the classical limit, the melting temperature is nearly the same as that for tritiated ice. This unexpected behavior is rationalized by the coupling between intermolecular interactions and molecular flexibility. This coupling makes the kinetic energy o...

  11. Water Freezing and Ice Melting.

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    Ma?olepsza, Edyta; Keyes, Tom

    2015-12-01

    The generalized replica exchange method (gREM) is designed to sample states with coexisting phases and thereby to describe strong first order phase transitions. The isobaric MD version of the gREM is presented and applied to the freezing of liquid water and the melting of hexagonal and cubic ice. It is confirmed that coexisting states are well-sampled. The statistical temperature as a function of enthalpy, TS(H), is obtained. Hysteresis between freezing and melting is observed and discussed. The entropic analysis of phase transitions is applied and equilibrium transition temperatures, latent heats, and surface tensions are obtained for hexagonal ice ? liquid and cubic ice ? liquid with excellent agreement with published values. A new method is given to assign water molecules among various symmetry types. Pathways for water freezing, ultimately leading to hexagonal ice, are found to contain intermediate layered structures built from hexagonal and cubic ice. PMID:26642983

  12. Temperature and pressure dependence of the mode Grüneisen parameters close to the melting point in hexagonal ice

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    Karacali, H.; Yurtseven, H.

    2007-02-01

    We reexamine the Pippard relations in this study by relating the specific heat CP to the Raman frequency shifts 1/?? and the thermal expansivity ?p to the 1/??, when the mode Grüneisen parameter depends on the temperature and pressure close to the melting point in hexagonal ice. From linear relations between them, the values of the slope {dP}/{dT} are deduced in this crystal. Our slope values calculated here do not change significantly compared to those obtained when the mode Grüneisen parameter is taken as a constant close to the melting point in hexagonal ice.

  13. Melting Temperature of Ice Ih calculated from coexisting solid-liquid phases

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    Wang, J.; Yoo, S.; Bai, J.; Morris, James R; Zeng, X.C.

    2005-01-01

    In a previous paper we report the calculated melting temperature of the proton-disordered hexagonal ice I{sub h} using a four-site water model, the TIP4P (Ref. 2) and a five-site model, the TIP5P. In that work, we used a free-energy method. For the TIP4P model, the calculated melting temperature at 1 bar is T{sub m} = 229 {+-} 9 K, whereas for the TIP5P model, T{sub m} = 268 {+-} 6 K. For both models, the long-ranged interactions were truncated at 17 {angstrom}. Interestingly, these values of Tm are very close to T{sub m} = 232 {+-} 5 K and T{sub m} = 273.9 K reported by Sanz et al. and Vega et al. who used a slightly different free-energy method along with Ewald summation technique, although both the TIP4P and TIP5P models were originally developed for use with a truncated Coulomb interaction. The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) to compute the melting temperature (T{sub m}) of ice I{sub h} with both TIP4P and TIP5P models by using the two-phase coexistence method and to compare with previously obtained T{sub m}; (2) to compute the T{sub m} using recently improved TIP4P and TIP5P models, namely, the TIP4P-Ew (Ref. 6) and TIP5P-Ew (Ref. 7) models. Both models are developed specifically for use with Ewald techniques. The TIP4P-Ew model, in particular, has shown substantial improvement over the original TIP4P model as it can reproduce the density maximum at about 274 K, very close to 277 K of the real water. The original TIP5P model can reproduce the measured T{sub m}. It will be of interest to see whether the improved TIP5P-Ew model can still hold the same level of prediction as far as the T{sub m} is concerned.

  14. Does Ice Dissolve or Does Halite Melt? A Low-Temperature Liquidus Experiment for Petrology Classes.

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    Brady, John B.

    1992-01-01

    Measurement of the compositions and temperatures of H2O-NaCl brines in equilibrium with ice can be used as an easy in-class experimental determination of a liquidus. This experiment emphasizes the symmetry of the behavior of brines with regard to the minerals ice and halite and helps to free students from the conceptual tethers of one-component…

  15. New insights into ice growth and melting modifications by

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    Wettlaufer, John S.

    in depression of the freezing temperature (Tf ) below the equilibrium melting temperature (Tm), a nonNew insights into ice growth and melting modifications by antifreeze proteins Maya Bar-Dolev1 during melting. In particular, the characteristic ice shapes observed in solutions of most hyperactive

  16. Developing Temperature Forcing for Snow and Ice Melt Runoff Models in High Mountain Regions

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    Barrett, A. P.; Armstrong, R. L.; Brodzik, M. J.; Khalsa, S. J. S.; Raup, B. H.; Rittger, K.

    2014-12-01

    Glaciers and snow cover are natural storage reservoirs that delay runoff on seasonal and longer time-scales. Glacier wastage and reduced snow packs will impact the volume and timing of runoff from mountain basins. Estimates of the contributions of glacier and snow melt to runoff in river systems draining mountain regions are critical for water resources planning. The USAID funded CHARIS project aims to estimate the contributions of glacier and snow melt to streamflow in the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. Most efforts to estimate glacier and snow melt contributions use temperature-index or degree-day approaches. Near-surface air temperature is a key forcing variable for such models. As with all mountain regions, meteorological stations are sparse and may have short records. Few stations exist at high elevations, with most stations located in valleys below the elevations of glaciers and seasonal snow cover. Reanalyses offer an alternative source of temperature data. However, reanalyses have coarse resolution and simplified topography, especially in the Himalaya. Surface fields are often biased. Any reanalysis product must be both bias-corrected and "downscaled" to the resolution of the melt-runoff model. We present a combined empirically-based bias-correction and downscaling procedure that uses near-surface air temperature from global atmospheric reanalyses to generate near-surface temperature forcing fields for the five river basins in the CHARIS study area. We focus on three 3rd Generation reanalyses; NASA MERRA, NCEP CFSR and ECMWF ERA-Interim. Evaluation of reanalysis temperature fields reveals differences between seasonal means of 500 hPa air temperatures for the three products are of the order of 1 °C, indicating choice of reanalysis can impact model results. The procedure accounts for these seasonal variations in biases of the reanalysis products and in lapse rates.

  17. Climatology of increased temperatures and melt at Swiss Camp, western slope of Greenland ice sheet, 1991-2012

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    Steffen, K.; McGrath, D.

    2013-12-01

    Climate observations (1991-2012) will be discussed from the Swiss Camp (69deg 33?53?N, 49deg 19?51?W, 1176 m), located at the western slope of the Greenland ice sheet, 60 km inland from Ilulissat. The mean annual temperature of -12 C increased 3.6 C between 1991 and 2012 (1.7 C per decade) with large interannual variability in all seasons. The mean spring temperature increased from -16.0 C to -13.8 C, and the fall temperature increased from -12.4 C to -11.3 C in the same time. The winter temperature showed the largest increase of 6.5 C, whereas summer temperatures increased 3.0 C during the 21 years (1991 - 2012). Radiation has been monitored continuously at Swiss Camp since 1993. Net radiation of 50 W/ m2 was recorded in 2012, the warmest summer month on record. The entire annual snow cover melted at Swiss Camp, reducing the monthly albedo value to 0.4 with bare ice exposed. Interannual variability of snow accumulation ranged between 0.07 and 0.70 m water equivalent, whereas annual snow and ice ablation varied between +0.35 (net gain) and -1.8 m (net loss) for the time period 1991-2012. The equilibrium line altitude (ELA) is no longer located at Swiss Camp (1176 m elevation) with a net surface lowering of 9.5 m since 1991. Increasing summer air temperatures have resulted in an upward migration of both the percolation facies and ablation area of the Greenland ice sheet. The 0°C isothermal migrated upward at a rate of 35 m/a over the 1995-2012 period in West Greenland. There is a 50% probability of the mean annual dry snow line migrating above Summit by 2025, at which time Summit will experience routine melt on an annual basis. The surface mass balance observations similarly indicate that the ELA has migrated upwards at a rate of 44 m/a over the 1997-2011 period in West Greenland, resulting in a more than doubling of the ablation zone width during this period. Inter-annual variability of monthly mean albedo at the Swiss Camp (1993 - 2012). Albedo at 0.5 is shown with a yellow contour line. The lowest surface albedo with 0.35 was recorded in summer 2010 and 2012.

  18. Satellite-derived, melt-season surface temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet (2000-2005) and its relationship to mass balance

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    Hall, D.K.; Williams, R.S., Jr.; Casey, K.A.; DiGirolamo, N.E.; Wan, Z.

    2006-01-01

    Mean, clear-sky surface temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet was measured for each melt season from 2000 to 2005 using Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)-derived land-surface temperature (LST) data-product maps. During the period of most-active melt, the mean, clear-sky surface temperature of the ice sheet was highest in 2002 (-8.29 ?? 5.29??C) and 2005 (-8.29 ?? 5.43??C), compared to a 6-year mean of -9.04 ?? 5.59??C, in agreement with recent work by other investigators showing unusually extensive melt in 2002 and 2005. Surface-temperature variability shows a correspondence with the dry-snow facies of the ice sheet; a reduction in area of the dry-snow facies would indicate a more-negative mass balance. Surface-temperature variability generally increased during the study period and is most pronounced in the 2005 melt season; this is consistent with surface instability caused by air-temperature fluctuations. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

  19. ICEPAK -- Modeling the ice-filling and ice-melting processes of thermal energy storage tanks

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    Stewart, W.E. Jr.; Gute, G.D.; Saunders, C.K.; Stickler, L.A.

    1995-08-01

    This paper summarizes the capabilities of the ICEPAK software to model the ice-filling and ice-melting processes for rectangular ice storage tanks with multiple harvesting icemakers. The ICEPAK numerical model describes the geometry and quantity of ice filling a rectangular storage tank and the ice-melting behavior of particulate ice stored in the tank and calculates the tank exit water temperature as a function of time. Verification of the accuracy of the model was accomplished during ASHRAE research project RP707, and the model results compare well with the experimental data for water level, exit water temperature, and quantity of remaining ice mass. ICEPAK is applicable to particulate ice in a tank with a bottom perimeter water outlet, rectangular storage tanks with up to four ice openings/harvester icemakers, for either ice-opening melt waterflows or uniformly distributed meltwater flows over the plan area of the tank.

  20. Results from a lab study of melting sea ice

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    Wiese, M.; Griewank, P.; Notz, D.

    2012-04-01

    Sea-ice melting is a complex process which is not fully understood yet. In order to study sea-ice melt in detail we perform lab experiments in an approximately 2x0.7x1.2 m large tank in a cold room. We grow sea ice with different salinities at least 10 cm thick. Then we let the ice melt at different air temperatures and oceanic heat fluxes. During the melt period, we measure the evolution of ice thickness, internal temperature, salinity and surface temperature. We will present results from roughly five months of experiments. Topics will include the influence of bulk salinity on melt rates and the surface temperature. The effects of flushing on the salinity evolution and detailed thermal profiles will also be included. To investigate these processes we focus on the energy budget and the salinity evolution. These topics are linked since the thermodynamic properties of sea ice (heat capacity, heat conductivity and latent heat of fusion) are very sensitive to salinity variations. For example the heat capacity of sea ice increases greatly as the temperature approaches the melting point. This increase results in non-linear temperature profiles and enhances heat conduction into the ice. The salinity evolution during the growth phase has been investigated and measured in multiple studies over the last decades. In contrast there are no detailed lab measurements of melting ice available to quantify the effects of flushing melt water and ponding. This is partially due to the fact that the heterogeneity of melting sea ice makes it much more difficult to measure representative values.

  1. Monitoring snow melt characteristics on the Greenland ice sheet using a new MODIS land surface temperature and emissivity product (MOD21)

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    Hulley, G. C.; Hall, D. K.; Hook, S. J.

    2013-12-01

    Land Surface Temperature (LST) and emissivity are sensitive energy-balance parameters that control melt and energy exchange between the surface and the atmosphere. MODIS LST is currently used to monitor melt zones on glaciers and can be used for glacier or ice sheet mass balance calculations. Much attention has been paid recently to the warming of the Arctic in the context of global warming, with a focus on the Greenland ice sheet because of its importance with sea-level rise. Various researchers have shown a steady decline in the extent of the Northern Hemisphere sea ice, both the total extent and the extent of the perennial or multiyear ice. Surface melt characteristics over the Greenland ice sheet have been traditionally monitored using the MODIS LST and albedo products (e.g. MOD11 and MOD10A1). Far fewer studies have used thermal emissivity data to monitor surface melt characteristics due to the lack of suitable data. In theory, longwave emissivity combined with LST information should give a more direct measure of snow melt characteristics since the emissivity is an intrinsic property of the surface, whereas the albedo is dependent on other factors such as solar zenith angle, and shadowing effects. Currently no standard emissivity product exists that can dynamically retrieve changes in longwave emissivity consistently over long time periods. This problem has been addressed with the new MOD21 product, which uses the ASTER TES algorithm to dynamically retrieve LST and spectral emissivity (bands 29, 31, 32) at 1-km resolution. In this study we show that using a new proposed index termed the snow emissivity difference index (SEDI) derived from the MOD21 longwave emissivity product, combined with the LST, will improve our understanding of snow melt and freezeup dynamics on ice sheets such as Greenland. The results also suggest that synergistic use of both thermal-based and albedo data will help to improve our understanding of snow melt dynamics on glaciers and ice sheets, and reduce uncertainties in estimating magnitudes and trends.

  2. Ice-Shelf Melting Around Antarctica

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    Rignot, E.; Jacobs, S.; Mouginot, J.; Scheuchl, B.

    2013-07-01

    We compare the volume flux divergence of Antarctic ice shelves in 2007 and 2008 with 1979 to 2010 surface accumulation and 2003 to 2008 thinning to determine their rates of melting and mass balance. Basal melt of 1325 ± 235 gigatons per year (Gt/year) exceeds a calving flux of 1089 ± 139 Gt/year, making ice-shelf melting the largest ablation process in Antarctica. The giant cold-cavity Ross, Filchner, and Ronne ice shelves covering two-thirds of the total ice-shelf area account for only 15% of net melting. Half of the meltwater comes from 10 small, warm-cavity Southeast Pacific ice shelves occupying 8% of the area. A similar high melt/area ratio is found for six East Antarctic ice shelves, implying undocumented strong ocean thermal forcing on their deep grounding lines.

  3. Surface melting on ice shelves and icebergs

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    Sergienko, Olga V.

    Disintegration of Larsen Ice Shelf A and B, in 1995 and 2002, respectively, were preceded by two decades of extended summer melt seasons and by surface melt-water accumulation in ponds, surface crevasses and depressions produced by the elastic flexure of the ice. The extraordinary rapidity of ice-shelf fragmentation into large iceberg plumes following the appearance of surface melt water implies that the mechanical effects of surface melt water accumulation may represent an unforeseen process allowing abrupt, large-scale change of Antarctica's ice mass. The present study of surface melting and subsequent movement of melt water, both vertically (i.e., downward percolation into underlying firn) and horizontally (e.g., into crevasses and surface depressions created by ice-shelf flexure in response to both side boundary conditions and the melt-water load itself), is motivated by the need to further describe the energy, mass and momentum balances associated with ice shelves and their surrogates-large tabular icebergs-in the face of unprecedented changes in surface mass balance. The goal of this dissertation is to examine both the thermodynamic and mechanical aspects of surface melting on ice shelves and icebergs subject to sudden changes in climate conditions (e.g ., global warming). Thermodynamic aspects of the study include the development and application of surface energy balance models capable of describing the process of surface melting and subsequent vertical movement of melt water through a porous firn. Mechanical aspects of this study include the analysis of vertical melt-water flow, and more particularly, the elastic flexure response of the ice shelf or iceberg to the melt-water loads. Work presented here involves three methodologies, numerical modeling, field observation, and mathematical analysis (e.g., development of analytic solutions to simple, idealized ice-shelf flexure problems).

  4. Abrupt grain boundary melting in ice

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    L. Benatov; J. S. Wettlaufer

    2004-12-30

    The effect of impurities on the grain boundary melting of ice is investigated through an extension of Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory, in which we include retarded potential effects in a calculation of the full frequency dependent van der Waals and Coulombic interactions within a grain boundary. At high dopant concentrations the classical solutal effect dominates the melting behavior. However, depending on the amount of impurity and the surface charge density, as temperature decreases, the attractive tail of the dispersion force interaction begins to compete effectively with the repulsive screened Coulomb interaction. This leads to a film-thickness/temperature curve that changes depending on the relative strengths of these interactions and exhibits a decrease in the film thickness with increasing impurity level. More striking is the fact that at very large film thicknesses, the repulsive Coulomb interaction can be effectively screened leading to an abrupt reduction to zero film thickness.

  5. Mathematical Modelling of Melt Lake Formation on an Ice Shelf

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    Buzzard, Sammie; Feltham, Daniel; Flocco, Daniela; Sammonds, Peter

    2015-04-01

    The accumulation of surface meltwater on ice shelves can lead to the formation of melt lakes. These structures have been implicated in crevasse propagation and ice shelf collapse; the Larsen B ice shelf was observed to have a large amount of melt lakes present on its surface just before its collapse in 2002. Through modelling the transport of heat through the surface of the Larsen C ice shelf, where melt lakes have also been observed, this work aims to provide new insights into the ways in which melt lakes are forming and the effect that meltwater filling crevasses on the ice shelf will have. This will enable an assessment of the role of meltwater in triggering ice shelf collapse. The Antarctic Peninsula, where Larsen C is situated, has warmed several times the global average over the last century and this ice shelf has been suggested as a candidate for becoming fully saturated with meltwater by the end of the current century. Here we present results of a 1D mathematical model of heat transfer through an idealised ice shelf. When forced with automatic weather station data from Larsen C, surface melting and the subsequent meltwater accumulation, melt lake development and refreezing are demonstrated through the modelled results. Furthermore, the effect of lateral meltwater transport upon melt lakes is examined. This will be developed through the estimations of meltwater catchment areas and the fraction of the ice shelf where melt lakes are present. Investigating the role of meltwater in ice shelf stability is key as collapse can affect ocean circulation and temperature, and cause a loss of habitat. Additionally, it can cause a loss of the buttressing effect that ice shelves can have on their tributary glaciers, thus allowing the glaciers to accelerate, contributing to sea level rise.

  6. Supplemental Online Materials Shock and Post-Shock Temperatures in an Ice-Quartz Mixture: Implications for Melting During

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    Stewart, Sarah T.

    on the principal Hugoniot of each component. The shock temperature in the H2O was determined from the 5-phaseSupplemental Online Materials Shock and Post-Shock Temperatures in an Ice-Quartz Mixture for this article contains: 1. Table S1 provides shock wave equation of state parameters used in impedence match

  7. Grain boundary melting in ice

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    Thomson, E S; Wilen, L A; Wettlaufer, J S

    2012-01-01

    We describe an optical scattering study of grain boundary premelting in water ice. Ubiquitous long ranged attractive polarization forces act to suppress grain boundary melting whereas repulsive forces originating in screened Coulomb interactions and classical colligative effects enhance it. The liquid enhancing effects can be manipulated by adding dopant ions to the system. For all measured grain boundaries this leads to increasing premelted film thickness with increasing electrolyte concentration. Although we understand that the interfacial surface charge densities $q_s$ and solute concentrations $C_i$ can potentially dominate the film thickness, we can not directly measure them. Therefore, as a framework for interpreting the data we consider two appropriate $q_s$ dependent limits; one is dominated by the colligative effect and one is dominated by electrostatic interactions.

  8. Greenland Ice Sheet Today: A daily look at surface melt of the Greenland ice sheet

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    Leslie, S. R.; Gergely, K. L.; Beitler, J.; Scambos, T. A.; Stroeve, J. C.

    2013-12-01

    An increase in the surface melt of the Greenland ice sheet in recent decades signals the waning of the ice sheet in a changing climate. The unprecedented intense surface melt of the ice sheet in 2012 prompted NASA and NSIDC to launch Greenland Ice Sheet Today, a Web site that offers daily updated satellite data and periodic scientific analysis on surface melting of the Greenland ice sheet. Near-real-time melt data are derived from an algorithm that estimates melt and is applied to DMSP SSMIS brightness temperatures gridded to a 25km EASE-Grid. These data are then used to generate a daily melt image, a cumulative melt days image, and a daily melt graph. Contextual background information on ice sheets as well as scientific discussions about the status of the Greenland ice sheet are posted periodically. Greenland Ice Sheet Today serves to keep a wide range of user communities informed about a crucial part of the Earth's cryosphere and here we examine the development of and reactions to the Web site.

  9. Greenland ice sheet melt from MODIS and associated atmospheric variability

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    Häkkinen, Sirpa; Hall, Dorothy K.; Shuman, Christopher A.; Worthen, Denise L.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.

    2014-03-01

    Daily June-July melt fraction variations over the Greenland ice sheet (GIS) derived from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) (2000-2013) are associated with atmospheric blocking forming an omega-shape ridge over the GIS at 500 hPa height. Blocking activity with a range of time scales, from synoptic waves breaking poleward (<5 days) to full-fledged blocks (?5 days), brings warm subtropical air masses over the GIS controlling daily surface temperatures and melt. The temperature anomaly of these subtropical air mass intrusions is also important for melting. Based on the years with the greatest melt (2002 and 2012) during the MODIS era, the area-average temperature anomaly of 2 standard deviations above the 14 year June-July mean results in a melt fraction of 40% or more. Though the summer of 2007 had the most blocking days, atmospheric temperature anomalies were too small to instigate extreme melting.

  10. Greenland Ice Sheet Melt from MODIS and Associated Atmospheric Variability

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    Hakkinen, Sirpa; Hall, Dorothy K.; Shuman, Christopher A.; Worthen, Denise L.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.

    2014-01-01

    Daily June-July melt fraction variations over the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) derived from the MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) (2000-2013) are associated with atmospheric blocking forming an omega-shape ridge over the GIS at 500hPa height (from NCEPNCAR). Blocking activity with a range of time scales, from synoptic waves breaking poleward ( 5 days) to full-fledged blocks (5 days), brings warm subtropical air masses over the GIS controlling daily surface temperatures and melt. The temperature anomaly of these subtropical air mass intrusions is also important for melting. Based on the largest MODIS melt years (2002 and 2012), the area-average temperature anomaly of 2 standard deviations above the 14-year June-July mean, results in a melt fraction of 40 or more. Summer 2007 had the most blocking days, however atmospheric temperature anomalies were too small to instigate extreme melting.

  11. Ice melting and earthquake suppression in Greenland

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    Olivieri, M.; Spada, G.

    2015-03-01

    It has been suggested that the Greenland ice sheet is the cause of earthquake suppression in the region. With few exceptions, the observed seismicity extends only along the continental margins of Greenland, which almost coincide with the ice sheet margin. This pattern has been put forward as further validation of the earthquake suppression hypothesis. In this review, new evidence in terms of ice melting, post-glacial rebound and earthquake occurrence is gathered and discussed to re-evaluate the connection between ice mass unloading and earthquake suppression. In Greenland, the spatio-temporal distribution of earthquakes indicates that seismicity is mainly confined to regions where the thick layer of ice is absent and where significant ice melting is presently occurring. A clear correlation between seismic activity and ice melting in Greenland is not found. However, earthquake locations and corresponding depth distributions suggest two distinct governing mechanisms: post-glacial rebound promotes moderate-size crustal earthquakes at Greenland's regional scale, while current ice melting promotes shallow low magnitude seismicity locally.

  12. Floating ice-algal aggregates below melting arctic sea ice.

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    Assmy, Philipp; Ehn, Jens K; Fernández-Méndez, Mar; Hop, Haakon; Katlein, Christian; Sundfjord, Arild; Bluhm, Katrin; Daase, Malin; Engel, Anja; Fransson, Agneta; Granskog, Mats A; Hudson, Stephen R; Kristiansen, Svein; Nicolaus, Marcel; Peeken, Ilka; Renner, Angelika H H; Spreen, Gunnar; Tatarek, Agnieszka; Wiktor, Jozef

    2013-01-01

    During two consecutive cruises to the Eastern Central Arctic in late summer 2012, we observed floating algal aggregates in the melt-water layer below and between melting ice floes of first-year pack ice. The macroscopic (1-15 cm in diameter) aggregates had a mucous consistency and were dominated by typical ice-associated pennate diatoms embedded within the mucous matrix. Aggregates maintained buoyancy and accumulated just above a strong pycnocline that separated meltwater and seawater layers. We were able, for the first time, to obtain quantitative abundance and biomass estimates of these aggregates. Although their biomass and production on a square metre basis was small compared to ice-algal blooms, the floating ice-algal aggregates supported high levels of biological activity on the scale of the individual aggregate. In addition they constituted a food source for the ice-associated fauna as revealed by pigments indicative of zooplankton grazing, high abundance of naked ciliates, and ice amphipods associated with them. During the Arctic melt season, these floating aggregates likely play an important ecological role in an otherwise impoverished near-surface sea ice environment. Our findings provide important observations and measurements of a unique aggregate-based habitat during the 2012 record sea ice minimum year. PMID:24204642

  13. Regelation: why does ice melt under pressure?

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    Sun, Chang Q

    2015-01-01

    Unlike other unusual materials whose bonds contract under compression, the O:H nonbond undergoes contraction and the H-O bond elongation towards O:H and H-O length symmetry in water and ice. The energy drop of the H-O bond dictates the melting point Tm depression of ice. Once the pressure is relieved, the O:H-O bond fully recovers its initial state, resulting in Regelation.

  14. Regelation: why does ice melt under pressure?

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    Chang Q Sun

    2015-01-28

    Unlike other unusual materials whose bonds contract under compression, the O:H nonbond undergoes contraction and the H-O bond elongation towards O:H and H-O length symmetry in water and ice. The energy drop of the H-O bond dictates the melting point Tm depression of ice. Once the pressure is relieved, the O:H-O bond fully recovers its initial state, resulting in Regelation.

  15. Islands uncovered by melting polar ice

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    Kumar, Mohi

    Thawing glaciers north of Norway's Svalbard archipelago have revealed at least two unmapped and unclaimed islands, one roughly the size of a basketball court, according to a 20 August Reuters report. In addition, information released in August by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center indicated that with one month left in the melting season, Arctic sea ice is already below the record minimum. "Reductions of snow and ice are happening at an alarming rate," said Norwegian Environment Minister Helen Bjoernoy. She suggested that these observations may indicate that the loss of sea ice is perhaps accelerating faster than predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned in February that summer sea ice could almost vanish by the end of this century.

  16. Using Melting Ice to Teach Radiometric Dating.

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    Wise, Donald Underkofler

    1990-01-01

    Presented is an activity in which a mystery setting is used to motivate students to construct their own decay curves of melting ice used as an analogy to radioactive decay. Procedures, materials, apparatus, discussion topics, presentation, and thermodynamics are discussed. (CW)

  17. Svalbard summer melting, continentality, and sea ice extent from the Lomonosovfonna ice core

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    Grinsted, Aslak; Moore, John C.; Pohjola, Veijo; Martma, Tõnu; Isaksson, Elisabeth

    2006-04-01

    We develop a continentality proxy (1600-1930) based on amplitudes of the annual signal in oxygen isotopes in an ice core. We show via modeling that by using 5 and 15 year average amplitudes the effects of diffusion and varying layer thickness can be minimized, such that amplitudes then reflect real seasonal changes in ?18O under the influence of melt. A model of chemical fractionation in ice based on differing elution rates for pairs of ions is developed as a proxy for summer melt (1130-1990). The best pairs are sodium with magnesium and potassium with chloride. The continentality and melt proxies are validated against twentieth-century instrumental records and longer historical climate proxies. In addition to summer temperature, the melt proxy also appears to reflect sea ice extent, likely as a result of sodium chloride fractionation in the oceanic sea ice margin source area that is dependent on winter temperatures. We show that the climate history they depict is consistent with what we see from isotopic paleothermometry. Continentality was greatest during the Little Ice Age but decreased around 1870, 20-30 years before the rise in temperatures indicated by the ?18O profile. The degree of summer melt was significantly larger during the period 1130-1300 than in the 1990s.

  18. connecting the dots between Greenland ice sheet surface melting and ice flow dynamics (Invited)

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    Box, J. E.; Colgan, W. T.; Fettweis, X.; Phillips, T. P.; Stober, M.

    2013-12-01

    This presentation is of a 'unified theory' in glaciology that first identifies surface albedo as a key factor explaining total ice sheet mass balance and then surveys a mechanistic self-reinforcing interaction between melt water and ice flow dynamics. The theory is applied in a near-real time total Greenland mass balance retrieval based on surface albedo, a powerful integrator of the competing effects of accumulation and ablation. New snowfall reduces sunlight absorption and increases meltwater retention. Melting amplifies absorbed sunlight through thermal metamorphism and bare ice expansion in space and time. By ';following the melt'; we reveal mechanisms linking existing science into a unified theory. Increasing meltwater softens the ice sheet in three ways: 1.) sensible heating given the water temperature exceeds that of the ice sheet interior; 2.) Some infiltrating water refreezes, transferring latent heat to the ice; 3.) Friction from water turbulence heats the ice. It has been shown that for a point on the ice sheet, basal lubrication increases ice flow speed to a time when an efficient sub-glacial drainage network develops that reduces this effect. Yet, with an increasing melt duration the point where the ice sheet glides on a wet bed increases inland to a larger area. This effect draws down the ice surface elevation, contributing to the ';elevation feedback'. In a perpetual warming scenario, the elevation feedback ultimately leads to ice sheet loss reversible only through much slower ice sheet growth in an ice age environment. As the inland ice sheet accelerates, the horizontal extension pulls cracks and crevasses open, trapping more sunlight, amplifying the effect of melt accelerated ice. As the bare ice area increases, the direct sun-exposed crevassed and infiltration area increases further allowing the ice warming process to occur more broadly. Considering hydrofracture [a.k.a. hydrofracking]; surface meltwater fills cracks, attacking the ice integrity. Because water is 'heavier' than ice, water-filled cracks have unlimited capacity to hydraulically ';jack' open fractures, penetrating, fracturing and disaggregating a solid ice body. This process promotes iceberg calving at more than 150, 1km wide marine terminating Greenland glacier fronts. Resulting from a rising trend of surface melting and sea water temperature, meltwater ejection at the underwater front of marine glaciers drives a an increasing turbulent heat exchange between the glacier front and relatively warm sea water melting it faster. Underwater melting promotes an undercutting of the glacier front leading to ice berg calving. Calving through hydrofracture or marine undercutting provide a direct and immediate ice flow speed response mechanism for surface meltwater production. Ice flow speed reacts because calving reduces flow resistance. The above physical processes interact. Cooling shuts these processes down. Negative feedbacks dampen the warming impulse. Live 21 June, 2013 is a new Danish Web site1 that exploits total mass balance rate of decline as a function of albedo to predict GRACE mass rate of change with 80% explained variance. While surface mass balance explains the mass rate of change slightly higher, surface albedo is an observable quantity as is gravity change.

  19. Sub-ice shelf circulation and basal melting of the Fimbul Ice Shelf

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    Nost, Ole Anders

    2010-05-01

    The Fimbul Ice Shelf is the largest of the ice shelves in Dronning Maud Land. Due to a narrow and some places non-existent continental shelf, the ice shelves in Dronning Maud Land are situated close to the Warm Deep Water. The Antarctic Slope Front separates the Warm Deep Water from the ice shelves and complicated exchange processes working across this front controls the melting of the Fimbul Ice Shelf and the other ice shelves in Dronning Maud Land. Here we will present analysis of unique data from the Dronning Maud Land coastal zone, as well as preliminary results from the 2009/2010 field work on the Fimbul Ice Shelf. In 2008 eight elephant seals equipped with CTD data loggers collected hydrographic data in the Dronning Maud Land coastal zone from February through October. Analysis of these data shows that overturning of the Antarctic Slope Front is the main process exchanging heat into the ice shelf cavities. This overturning together with an onshore surface Ekman flow leads to a seasonal cycle in the salinity of the coastal water masses, while glacial melting sea ice formation has little influence. During the 2009/2010 field season on the Fimbul Ice Shelf glaciological and oceanographic data were collected. We will show preliminary results of ice flow, ice thickness and basal melting measured using stake nets and phase sensitive radar. Oceanographic data were collected through three hot water drilled access holes in the ice shelf. These data show a water column with temperatures close to the surface freezing point over most of the water column. Relatively warmer water was observed near the bottom on one of the CTD stations. Maximum observed temperature is -1.57 °C. We compare the sub iceshelf hydrography with the hydrography observed by the elephant seals near the ice front in an attempt to reveal the sub ice shelf circulation. We also compare estimated melt rates from the oceanographic data with melt rates estimated with the phase sensitive radar and stake nets. Our primary goal for the project is to estimate the mass balance of the Fimbul Ice Shelf, and preliminary mass balance estimates will be presented.

  20. The pressure melting of ice under a body with flat base

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    Bejan, A. ); Tyvand, P.A.

    1992-05-01

    One of the anomalous thermodynamic properties of water is that the melting point of ice decreases as the pressure increases. This behavior was discovered independently by Kirchhoff and Thomson. It inspired Reynolds to speculate that the pressure-melting of ice and snow might be responsible for the low coefficient of friction experienced during skating and skiing. According to him, the pressure applied by the skate on the ice surface would cause superficial melting, which in turn would lubricate the relative motion between skate and ice. Although the pressure-melting phenomenon received some attention from early tribologists, this interest decreased after Bowden and Hughes' work, which showed that the superficial melting under the skate is due to friction (viscous dissipation) in the water film. In this note the authors consider a different fundamental aspect of the pressure-melting of ice, namely the indentation caused by a flat solid that is pressed against a block of ice. Unlike in the work referenced above, there is no lateral motion between the solid body and the ice block. The only motion that occurs is the normal progress that the solid body makes into the ice. This motion is made possible by the melting of the ice situated in front of the body. In this way, the pressure melting process is related to the contact melting process that occurs when a temperature difference ({Delta}T) is maintained between the solid body and the phase-change material.

  1. Duration of the Arctic sea ice melt season: Regional and interannual variability, 1979-2001

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    Belchansky, G.I.; Douglas, D.C.; Platonov, N.G.

    2004-01-01

    Melt onset dates, freeze onset dates, and melt season duration were estimated over Arctic sea ice, 1979-2001, using passive microwave satellite imagery and surface air temperature data. Sea ice melt duration for the entire Northern Hemisphere varied from a 104-day minimum in 1983 and 1996, to a 124-day maximum in 1989. Ranges in melt duration were highest in peripheral seas, numbering 32, 42, 44, and 51 days in the Laptev, Barents-Kara, East Siberian and Chukchi Seas, respectively. In the Arctic Ocean, average melt duration varied from a 75-day minimum in 1987 to a 103-day maximum in 1989. On average, melt onset in annual ice began 10.6 days earlier than perennial ice, and freeze onset in perennial ice commenced 18.4 days earlier than annual ice. Average annual melt dates, freeze dates, and melt durations in annual ice were significantly correlated with seasonal strength of the Arctic Oscillation (AO). Following high-index AO winters (January-March), spring melt tended to be earlier and autumn freeze later, leading to longer melt season durations. The largest increases in melt duration were observed in the eastern Siberian Arctic, coincident with cyclonic low pressure and ice motion anomalies associated with high-index AO phases. Following a positive AO shift in 1989, mean annual melt duration increased 2-3 weeks in the northern East Siberian and Chukchi Seas. Decreasing correlations between consecutive-year maps of melt onset in annual ice during 1979-2001 indicated increasing spatial variability and unpredictability in melt distributions from one year to the next. Despite recent declines in the winter AO index, recent melt distributions did not show evidence of reestablishing spatial patterns similar to those observed during the 1979-88 low-index AO period. Recent freeze distributions have become increasingly similar to those observed during 1979-88, suggesting a recurrent spatial pattern of freeze chronology under low-index AO conditions.

  2. Directional close-contact melting in glacier ice

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    Kowalski, Julia; Schüller, Kai

    2015-04-01

    The Saturnian moon Enceladus shows incidence of liquid water underneath a thick ice sheet cover and is thought to be a potential candidate for extraterrestrial life. However, direct exploration of these subglacial aquatic ecosystems is very challenging. Within the scope of the joint research project 'Enceladus Explorer' (EnEx) (consisting of FH Aachen, RWTH Aachen, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Universität Bremen, TU Braunschweig und Bundeswehr Universität München), initiated by the German Space Agency, a maneuverable close-contact melting probe has been developed. The force-regulated and heater-controlled probe is able to melt against gravity or even on a curved trajectory. Hence, it offers additional degrees of freedom in its melting motion, e.g. for target oriented melting or obstacle avoidance strategies. General feasibility of the concept has been demonstrated in various field tests. However, in order to optimize its design and to adopt it to extraterrestrial missions a simulation model is needed, capable of determining melting velocity and efficiency at given environmental conditions and system configurations. Within this contribution, the physical situation is abstracted into a quasi-stationary mathematical model description, and a numerical solution strategy is developed to compute melting velocity and temperature distribution within the probe and the surrounding ice. We present an inverse solution approach, in which a background velocity field of the ice mimics the melting velocity. The fundamental balance laws are solved with the corresponding melting rate. Following Newton's laws, the resulting force acting on the probe has to balance the contact force exerted by the probe and can hence be used for convergence. We present both, analytical results to a simplified head geometry, as well as results from a simulation model implemented into the open source software Elmer for arbitrary head geometries. The latter can deal with the full 3d situation, which is demonstrated through various examples. We will conclude by discussing modeling results with respect to recent laboratory experiments and field tests conducted in Antarctica.

  3. Projections of ice shelf basal melting in a global finite element sea ice - ice shelf - ocean model

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    Timmermann, R.; Hellmer, H. H.

    2012-04-01

    In the framework of the EU project Ice2sea we utilize a global finite element sea ice - ice shelf - ocean model (FESOM), focused on the Antarctic marginal seas, to quantify heat and freshwater fluxes in the Antarctic ice shelf cavities and to assess ice shelf basal melting in a warmer climate. Ice shelf - ocean interaction is described using a three-equation system with a diagnostic computation of temperature and salinity at the ice-ocean interface. A tetrahedral mesh with a minimum horizontal resolution of 4 minutes and hybrid vertical coordinates is used. Ice shelf draft, cavity geometry, and global ocean bathymetry have been derived from the RTopo-1 data set. Additional simulations were carried out with the circumpolar coarse-scale finite-difference model developed as part of the Bremerhaven Regional Ice Ocean Simulations (BRIOS). Simulations for present-day climate were forced with the NCEP reanalysis product and the atmospheric output from 20th century simulations of the Hadley Centre Climate Model (HadCM3). The projections for the period 2000-2199 use the output of HadCM3 simulations for the IPCC scenarios A1B and E1. Results from both models indicate a strong sensitivity of basal melting to increased ocean temperatures for the ice shelves in Amundsen Sea. An even stronger impact is found for warm water starting to pulse onto the southern Weddell Sea continental shelf in the middle of the 21st century, originating from a redirected coastal current. As these pulses propagate far into the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf (FRIS) cavity, basal melting increases significantly compared to the present value of about 100 Gt/yr. At the end of the 21st / beginning of the 22nd century both models suggest a stabilization of FRIS basal mass loss on a high level.

  4. THE CONTRIBUTION OF GREENLAND ICE SHEET MELTING TO

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    THE CONTRIBUTION OF GREENLAND ICE SHEET MELTING TO GLOBAL SEA-LEVEL CHANGE Conor Mc it to be directly observed. This project examined the contribution to sea-level change due to melting of ice from three major sources, the Greenland ice sheet, Antarctica, and other eustatic components. Each has its

  5. New Equations for the Sublimation Pressure and Melting Pressure of H2O Ice Ih

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    Wagner, Wolfgang; Riethmann, Thomas; Feistel, Rainer; Harvey, Allan H.

    2011-12-01

    New reference equations, adopted by the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS), are presented for the sublimation pressure and melting pressure of ice Ih as a function of temperature. These equations are based on input values derived from the phase-equilibrium condition between the IAPWS-95 scientific standard for thermodynamic properties of fluid H2O and the equation of state of H2O ice Ih adopted by IAPWS in 2006, making them thermodynamically consistent with the bulk-phase properties. Compared to the previous IAPWS formulations, which were empirical fits to experimental data, the new equations have significantly less uncertainty. The sublimation-pressure equation covers the temperature range from 50 K to the vapor-liquid-solid triple point at 273.16 K. The ice Ih melting-pressure equation describes the entire melting curve from 273.16 K to the ice Ih-ice III-liquid triple point at 251.165 K. For completeness, we also give the IAPWS melting-pressure equation for ice III, which is slightly adjusted to agree with the ice Ih melting-pressure equation at the corresponding triple point, and the unchanged IAPWS melting-pressure equations for ice V, ice VI, and ice VII.

  6. Neglecting ice-atmosphere interactions underestimates ice sheet melt in millennial-scale deglaciation simulations

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    Pritchard, M. S.; Bush, A. B.; Marshall, S. J.

    2008-01-01

    Greenland surface melt under global-warming scenarios: Ice-Greenland ice sheet: Satellite-derived and in situ measurements in the Sondre Stromfjord area during the 1991 meltGreenland ice sheet is an important open question- both through its direct impact on melt

  7. The refreezing of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice

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    Flocco, Daniela; Feltham, Daniel L.; Bailey, Eleanor; Schroeder, David

    2015-02-01

    The presence of melt ponds on the surface of Arctic sea ice significantly reduces its albedo, inducing a positive feedback leading to sea ice thinning. While the role of melt ponds in enhancing the summer melt of sea ice is well known, their impact on suppressing winter freezing of sea ice has, hitherto, received less attention. Melt ponds freeze by forming an ice lid at the upper surface, which insulates them from the atmosphere and traps pond water between the underlying sea ice and the ice lid. The pond water is a store of latent heat, which is released during refreezing. Until a pond freezes completely, there can be minimal ice growth at the base of the underlying sea ice. In this work, we present a model of the refreezing of a melt pond that includes the heat and salt balances in the ice lid, trapped pond, and underlying sea ice. The model uses a two-stream radiation model to account for radiative scattering at phase boundaries. Simulations and related sensitivity studies suggest that trapped pond water may survive for over a month. We focus on the role that pond salinity has on delaying the refreezing process and retarding basal sea ice growth. We estimate that for a typical sea ice pond coverage in autumn, excluding the impact of trapped ponds in models overestimates ice growth by up to 265 million km3, an overestimate of 26%.

  8. Deformation-induced melting in the margins of the West Antarctic ice streams

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    Suckale, Jenny; Platt, John D.; Perol, Thibaut; Rice, James R.

    2014-05-01

    Flow of glacial ice in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet localizes in narrow bands of fast-flowing ice streams bordered by ridges of nearly stagnant ice, but our understanding of the physical processes that generate this morphology is incomplete. Here we study the thermal and mechanical properties of ice-stream margins, where flow transitions from rapid to stagnant over a few kilometers. Our goal is to explore under which conditions the intense shear deformation in the margin may lead to deformation-induced melting. We propose a 2-D model that represents a cross section through the ice stream margin perpendicular to the downstream flow direction. We limit temperature to the melting point to estimate melt rates based on latent heat. Using rheology parameters as constrained by laboratory data and observations, we conclude that a zone of temperate ice is likely to form in active shear margins.

  9. Melting beneath Greenland outlet glaciers and ice streams

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    Alexander, David; Perrette, Mahé; Beckmann, Johanna

    2015-04-01

    Basal melting of fast-flowing Greenland outlet glaciers and ice streams due to frictional heating at the ice-bed interface contributes significantly to total glacier mass balance and subglacial meltwater flux, yet modelling this basal melt process in Greenland has received minimal research attention. A one-dimensional dynamic ice-flow model is calibrated to the present day longitudinal profiles of 10 major Greenland outlet glaciers and ice streams (including the Jakobshavn Isbrae, Petermann Glacier and Helheim Glacier) and is validated against published ice flow and surface elevation measurements. Along each longitudinal profile, basal melt is calculated as a function of ice flow velocity and basal shear stress. The basal shear stress is dependent on the effective pressure (difference between ice overburden pressure and water pressure), basal roughness and a sliding parametrization. Model output indicates that where outlet glaciers and ice streams terminate into the ocean with either a small floating ice tongue or no floating tongue whatsoever, the proportion of basal melt to total melt (surface, basal and submarine melt) is 5-10% (e.g. Jakobshavn Isbrae; Daugaard-Jensen Glacier). This proportion is, however, negligible where larger ice tongues lose mass mostly by submarine melt (~1%; e.g. Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden Glacier). Modelled basal melt is highest immediately upvalley of the grounding line, with contributions typically up to 20-40% of the total melt for slippery beds and up to 30-70% for resistant beds. Additionally, modelled grounding line and calving front migration inland for all outlet glaciers and ice streams of hundreds of metres to several kilometres occurs. Including basal melt due to frictional heating in outlet glacier and ice stream models is important for more accurately modelling mass balance and subglacial meltwater flux, and therefore, more accurately modelling outlet glacier and ice stream dynamics and responses to future climate change.

  10. On the phase diagram of water with density functional theory potentials: The melting temperature of ice Ih with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof and Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr functionals

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    Yoo, Soohaeng; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2009-06-01

    The melting temperature (Tm) of ice Ih was determined from constant enthalpy and pressure (NPH) Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations to be 417±3 K for the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof and 411±4 K for the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr density functionals using a coexisting ice (Ih)-liquid phase at constant pressures of P =2500 and 10 000 bar and a density ? =1 g/cm3, respectively. This suggests that ambient condition simulations at ? =1 g/cm3 will rather describe a supercooled state that is overstructured when compared to liquid water.

  11. Antifreeze protein-induced superheating of ice inside Antarctic notothenioid fishes inhibits melting during summer warming.

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    Cziko, Paul A; DeVries, Arthur L; Evans, Clive W; Cheng, Chi-Hing Christina

    2014-10-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) of polar marine teleost fishes are widely recognized as an evolutionary innovation of vast adaptive value in that, by adsorbing to and inhibiting the growth of internalized environmental ice crystals, they prevent death by inoculative freezing. Paradoxically, systemic accumulation of AFP-stabilized ice could also be lethal. Whether or how fishes eliminate internal ice is unknown. To investigate if ice inside high-latitude Antarctic notothenioid fishes could melt seasonally, we measured its melting point and obtained a decadal temperature record from a shallow benthic fish habitat in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. We found that AFP-stabilized ice resists melting at temperatures above the expected equilibrium freezing/melting point (eqFMP), both in vitro and in vivo. Superheated ice was directly observed in notothenioid serum samples and in solutions of purified AFPs, and ice was found to persist inside live fishes at temperatures more than 1 °C above their eqFMP for at least 24 h, and at a lower temperature for at least several days. Field experiments confirmed that superheated ice occurs naturally inside wild fishes. Over the long-term record (1999-2012), seawater temperature surpassed the fish eqFMP in most summers, but never exceeded the highest temperature at which ice persisted inside experimental fishes. Thus, because of the effects of AFP-induced melting inhibition, summer warming may not reliably eliminate internal ice. Our results expose a potentially antagonistic pleiotropic effect of AFPs: beneficial freezing avoidance is accompanied by melting inhibition that may contribute to lifelong accumulation of detrimental internal ice crystals. PMID:25246548

  12. Regional variability in sea ice melt in a changing Arctic.

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    Perovich, Donald K; Richter-Menge, Jacqueline A

    2015-07-13

    In recent years, the Arctic sea ice cover has undergone a precipitous decline in summer extent. The sea ice mass balance integrates heat and provides insight on atmospheric and oceanic forcing. The amount of surface melt and bottom melt that occurs during the summer melt season was measured at 41 sites over the time period 1957 to 2014. There are large regional and temporal variations in both surface and bottom melting. Combined surface and bottom melt ranged from 16 to 294?cm, with a mean of 101?cm. The mean ice equivalent surface melt was 48?cm and the mean bottom melt was 53?cm. On average, surface melting decreases moving northward from the Beaufort Sea towards the North Pole; however interannual differences in atmospheric forcing can overwhelm the influence of latitude. Substantial increases in bottom melting are a major contributor to ice losses in the Beaufort Sea, due to decreases in ice concentration. In the central Arctic, surface and bottom melting demonstrate interannual variability, but show no strong temporal trends from 2000 to 2014. This suggests that under current conditions, summer melting in the central Arctic is not large enough to completely remove the sea ice cover. PMID:26032323

  13. In-Situ Biological Decontamination of an Ice Melting Probe

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    Digel, Ilya

    A major concern in space and even many terrestrial missions is the forward contamination of the alien environment with microbes and biological molecules, transported on spacecraft from Earth. Furthermore, organisms and molecules can be brought to the sampling place from the surface. All this can lead to serious misinterpretations of the obtained data and more impor-tantly, could irreversibly alter the pristine nature of the extraterrestrial environments. These issues were addressed and are constantly updated in COSPAR planetary protection policy (20 October 2002; Amended 24 March 2005; 20 July 2008). The objective of our study was to investigate the efficacy of different in-situ decontamination protocols in the conditions of thermo-mechanical ice-melting. We evaluated survival rate of microorganisms on the melting probe as a function of both time and penetration depth. Special focus was made on deter-mination of the optimal concentration of chemical decontaminants (hydrogen peroxide and sodium hypochlorite) the peculiarities of their antimicrobial action at low temperatures (-80 to 0C) combined with constant dilution with melted ice and mechanical abrasion. Common, non-pathogenic microbial strains belonging to different morphological and metabolic groups (Pseudomonas, Micrococcus, Escherichia, Bacillus and others) were chosen as test objects for this study. The working part of the melting probe was first controllably contaminated by in-cubation in suspension of microbial cells. After appropriate sedimentation of microbial cells had been reached, the drilling-melting process was started using specially prepared sterile ice blocks. Every 2 minutes the samples were taken and analyzed. In the control tests, 1 mL of distilled water was injected into the penetration site at the onset of drilling. In the other tests, 1 mL of hydrogen peroxide (30Collected data suggest high efficacy of both used compounds in respect of all tested microbial groups. Typically, 99.9

  14. Seasonal evolution of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice

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    Webster, Melinda A.; Rigor, Ignatius G.; Perovich, Donald K.; Richter-Menge, Jacqueline A.; Polashenski, Christopher M.; Light, Bonnie

    2015-09-01

    The seasonal evolution of melt ponds has been well documented on multiyear and landfast first-year sea ice, but is critically lacking on drifting, first-year sea ice, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in the Arctic. Using 1 m resolution panchromatic satellite imagery paired with airborne and in situ data, we evaluated melt pond evolution for an entire melt season on drifting first-year and multiyear sea ice near the 2011 Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS) site in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. A new algorithm was developed to classify the imagery into sea ice, thin ice, melt pond, and open water classes on two contrasting ice types: first-year and multiyear sea ice. Surprisingly, melt ponds formed ˜3 weeks earlier on multiyear ice. Both ice types had comparable mean snow depths, but multiyear ice had 0-5 cm deep snow covering ˜37% of its surveyed area, which may have facilitated earlier melt due to its low surface albedo compared to thicker snow. Maximum pond fractions were 53 ± 3% and 38 ± 3% on first-year and multiyear ice, respectively. APLIS pond fractions were compared with those from the Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA) field campaign. APLIS exhibited earlier melt and double the maximum pond fraction, which was in part due to the greater presence of thin snow and first-year ice at APLIS. These results reveal considerable differences in pond formation between ice types, and underscore the importance of snow depth distributions in the timing and progression of melt pond formation.

  15. Ice core evidence for extensive melting of the greenland ice sheet in the last interglacial.

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    Koerner, R M

    1989-05-26

    Evidence from ice at the bottom of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic Islands and Camp Century and Dye-3 in Greenland suggests that the Greenland ice sheet melted extensively or completely during the last interglacial period more than 100 ka (thousand years ago), in contrast to earlier interpretations. The presence of dirt particles in the basal ice has previously been thought to indicate that the base of the ice sheets had melted and that the evidence for the time of original growth of these ice masses had been destroyed. However, the particles most likely blew onto the ice when the dimensions of the ice caps and ice sheets were much smaller. Ice texture, gas content, and other evidence also suggest that the basal ice at each drill site is superimposed ice, a type of ice typical of the early growth stages of an ice cap or ice sheet. If the present-day ice masses began their growth during the last interglacial, the ice sheet from the earlier (Illinoian) glacial period must have competely or largely melted during the early part of the same interglacial period. If such melting did occur, the 6-meter higher-than-present sea level during the Sangamon cannot be attributed to disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet, as has been suggested. PMID:17731883

  16. Climate change and forest fires synergistically drive widespread melt events of the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Keegan, K. M.; Albert, M. R.; McConnell, J.; Baker, I.

    2014-12-01

    The Greenland ice sheet experiences melting at low elevations near the coastline annually. However, surface melt is rare over the dry snow region in its center. In July 2012, over 97% of the Greenland ice sheet experienced surface melt, the first widespread melt during the era of satellite remote sensing. It had been previously unknown when the ice sheet had experienced melt events of this magnitude, or what caused them. Here we show that the most recent previous widespread melt occurred in 1889, and demonstrate that warm temperatures combined with black carbon sediments from Northern Hemisphere forest fires reduced albedo below a critical threshold, permitting the melt events in both 1889 and 2012. Furthermore, we use these data to project the frequency of widespread melt into the year 2100. Since arctic temperatures and the frequency of forest fires are both expected to rise with climate change, our results suggest that widespread melt events on the ice sheet may begin to occur almost annually by the end of century.

  17. Ice-sheet acceleration driven by melt supply variability.

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    Schoof, Christian

    2010-12-01

    Increased ice velocities in Greenland are contributing significantly to eustatic sea level rise. Faster ice flow has been associated with ice-ocean interactions in water-terminating outlet glaciers and with increased surface meltwater supply to the ice-sheet bed inland. Observed correlations between surface melt and ice acceleration have raised the possibility of a positive feedback in which surface melting and accelerated dynamic thinning reinforce one another, suggesting that overall warming could lead to accelerated mass loss. Here I show that it is not simply mean surface melt but an increase in water input variability that drives faster ice flow. Glacier sliding responds to melt indirectly through changes in basal water pressure, with observations showing that water under glaciers drains through channels at low pressure or through interconnected cavities at high pressure. Using a model that captures the dynamic switching between channel and cavity drainage modes, I show that channelization and glacier deceleration rather than acceleration occur above a critical rate of water flow. Higher rates of steady water supply can therefore suppress rather than enhance dynamic thinning, indicating that the melt/dynamic thinning feedback is not universally operational. Short-term increases in water input are, however, accommodated by the drainage system through temporary spikes in water pressure. It is these spikes that lead to ice acceleration, which is therefore driven by strong diurnal melt cycles and an increase in rain and surface lake drainage events rather than an increase in mean melt supply. PMID:21150994

  18. Circulation and melting beneath the ross ice shelf.

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    Jacobs, S S; Gordon, A L; Ardai, J L

    1979-02-01

    Thermohaline observations in the water column beneath the Ross Ice Shelf and along its terminal face show significant vertical stratification, active horizontal circulation, and net melting at the ice shelf base. Heat is supplied by seawater that moves southward beneath the ice shelf from a central warm core and from a western region of high salinity. The near-freezing Ice Shelf Water produced flows northward into the Ross Sea. PMID:17734137

  19. Ising model for melt ponds on Arctic sea ice

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    Ma, Y -P; Golden, K M

    2014-01-01

    The albedo of melting Arctic sea ice, a key parameter in climate modeling, is determined by pools of water on the ice surface. Recent observations show an onset of pond complexity at a critical area of about 100 square meters, attended by a transition in pond fractal dimension. To explain this behavior and provide a statistical physics approach to sea ice modeling, we introduce a two dimensional Ising model for pond evolution which incorporates ice-albedo feedback and the underlying thermodynamics. The binary magnetic spin variables in the Ising model correspond to the presence of melt water or ice on the sea ice surface. The model exhibits a second-order phase transition from isolated to clustered melt ponds, with the evolution of pond complexity in the clustered phase consistent with the observations.

  20. Modeling ice-melt may lead to improved global climate forecasts Modeling ice-melt may lead to improved global climate forecasts

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    Golden, Kenneth M.

    Modeling ice-melt may lead to improved global climate forecasts q q Modeling ice-melt may lead relative to how much it receives. The importance of albedo is starkly illustrated by sea ice at high latitudes: as polar ice caps are white, they reflects solar energy but, when they melt into the ocean

  1. Strong sensitivity of Pine Island ice-shelf melting to climatic variability.

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    Dutrieux, Pierre; De Rydt, Jan; Jenkins, Adrian; Holland, Paul R; Ha, Ho Kyung; Lee, Sang Hoon; Steig, Eric J; Ding, Qinghua; Abrahamsen, E Povl; Schröder, Michael

    2014-01-10

    Pine Island Glacier has thinned and accelerated over recent decades, significantly contributing to global sea-level rise. Increased oceanic melting of its ice shelf is thought to have triggered those changes. Observations and numerical modeling reveal large fluctuations in the ocean heat available in the adjacent bay and enhanced sensitivity of ice-shelf melting to water temperatures at intermediate depth, as a seabed ridge blocks the deepest and warmest waters from reaching the thickest ice. Oceanic melting decreased by 50% between January 2010 and 2012, with ocean conditions in 2012 partly attributable to atmospheric forcing associated with a strong La Niña event. Both atmospheric variability and local ice shelf and seabed geometry play fundamental roles in determining the response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to climate. PMID:24385606

  2. Basal Melt Under the Interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet: Comparison of Models, Deep Ice Cores, and Radar Observations

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    Rezvanbehbahani, S.; Stearns, L. A.; van der Veen, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    Basal ice temperature is a critical boundary condition for ice sheet models. It modulates the basal melt rate and sliding conditions, and also affects the ice hardness which alters the deformational velocity. Therefore, in order to obtain reliable estimates on the future mass loss of the ice sheets using numerical models, basal ice temperature is of paramount importance. In this study, the basal temperature and basal melt rate under the Greenland Ice Sheet are estimated using the Robin temperature solution. The analytical Robin solution is obtained by solving the heat conservation equation for steady state conditions, assuming that advection and diffusion are significant only in the vertical direction. In this study, the sensitivity of the basal temperature obtained from the Robin solution to changes in input parameters, including changes in atmospheric conditions, ice thickness, and geothermal heat flux is tested. Although the Robin solution is frequently used in glaciology, there has been no quantitative study to estimate the effect of neglecting the horizontal advection on basal temperatures in regions of higher velocity. Here, a two-dimensional model is applied to quantify the effect of horizontal heat advection on basal temperatures. Overall, horizontal heat advection lowers the basal temperature except in regions where surface mass balance gradients are negative along the flow. Comparing the results from the 2D temperature model to the Robin solution along multiple flowlines of the Greenland Ice Sheet suggest that the horizontal heat advection alters the basal temperatures by less than 3°C up to 30-45% of the flow distance away from the ice divide; at greater distances this difference increases rapidly. All simulations using the Robin solution predict substantial basal melting under the northeast drainage basin of the ice sheet. Our 2D model results also show that because of the negative surface mass balance gradient, horizontal heat advection increases the basal temperatures in the northeast basin. Our obtained map of basal melting area matches well with the radar detected basal water under the north and northeast drainage basins. However, low basal temperatures estimated at the Camp Century ice core location in the northwest of the ice sheet is in contrast with the radar observations.

  3. Thin sectioning and surface replication of ice at low temperature.

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    Daley, M.A.; Kirby, S.H.

    1984-01-01

    We have developed a new technique for making thin sections and surface replicas of ice at temperatures well below 273d K. The ability to make thin sections without melting sample material is important in textural and microstructural studies of ice deformed at low temperatures because of annealing effects we have observed during conventional section making.-from Author

  4. Dissociative melting of ice VII at high pressure.

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    Goncharov, Alexander F; Sanloup, Chrystele; Goldman, Nir; Crowhurst, Jonathan C; Bastea, Sorin; Howard, W M; Fried, Laurence E; Guignot, Nicolas; Mezouar, Mohamed; Meng, Yue

    2009-03-28

    We have used x-ray diffraction to determine the structure factor of water along its melting line to a static pressure of 57 GPa (570 kbar) and a temperature of more than 1500 K, conditions which correspond to the lower mantle of the Earth, and the interiors of Neptune and Uranus up to a depth of 7000 km. We have also performed corresponding first principles and classical molecular dynamics simulations. Above a pressure of 4 GPa the O-O structure factor is found to be very close to that of a simple soft sphere liquid, thus permitting us to determine the density of liquid water near the melting line. By comparing these results with the density of ice, also determined in this study, we find that the enthalpy of fusion (DeltaH(f)) increases enormously along the melting line, reaching approximately 120 kJ/mole at 40 GPa (compared to 6 kJ/mole at 0 GPa), thus revealing significant molecular dissociation of water upon melting. We speculate that an extended two-phase region could occur in planetary processes involving the adiabatic compression of water. PMID:19334858

  5. Dissociative melting of ice VII at high pressure

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    Goncharov, Alexander F.; Sanloup, Chrystele; Goldman, Nir; Crowhurst, Jonathan C.; Bastea, Sorin; Howard, W.M.; Fried, Laurence E.; Guignot, Nicolas; Mezouar, Mohamed; Meng, Yue

    2009-04-02

    We have used x-ray diffraction to determine the structure factor of water along its melting line to a static pressure of 57 GPa (570 kbar) and a temperature of more than 1500 K, conditions which correspond to the lower mantle of the Earth, and the interiors of Neptune and Uranus up to a depth of 7000 km. We have also performed corresponding first principles and classical molecular dynamics simulations. Above a pressure of 4 GPa the O-O structure factor is found to be very close to that of a simple soft sphere liquid, thus permitting us to determine the density of liquid water near the melting line. By comparing these results with the density of ice, also determined in this study, we find that the enthalpy of fusion ({Delta}H{sub f}) increases enormously along the melting line, reaching approximately 120 kJ/mole at 40 GPa (compared to 6 kJ/mole at 0 GPa), thus revealing significant molecular dissociation of water upon melting. We speculate that an extended two-phase region could occur in planetary processes involving the adiabatic compression of water.

  6. The Impact of Refreezing of Melt Ponds on Arctic Sea Ice Thinning

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    Feltham, D. L.; Flocco, D.; Schroeder, D.; Tsamados, M.

    2014-12-01

    The presence of melt ponds over the sea ice cover in the Arctic has a profound impact on the surface albedo inducing a positive feedback leading to sea ice thinning. At the end of summer the melt ponds, covering a large fraction of the sea ice, start freezing and get trapped between the sea ice beneath and a thin surface layer of ice. The pond water stores latent heat that is released as they freeze. Ponds trapped under a layer of refrozen ice have been observed in the Arctic and our model results, confirmed by observations, show that the latent heat stored in the ice due to their presence slows the basal sea ice growth for over a month after a sea ice lid appears on their surface. In this work we study the ice/water temperature profile in the trapped pond system and its evolution until the pond freezes and show the impact of the presence of a trapped pond on sea ice growth. We have carried out this study by developing a three layer, one-dimensional model of temperature and salinity evolution to study the refreezing process. We show some preliminary results obtained by including this new process in the CICE model and in particular, the impact that the increased pond salinity and the refrozen pond persistence have on the sea ice basal growth.

  7. Is Global Warming Melting the Greenland Ice Sheet?

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    Hanna, E.; Huybrechts, P.; Janssens, I.; McConnell, J.; Das, S.; Cappelen, J.; Steffen, K.; Krabill, W.; Thomas, R.; Stephens, A.

    2004-12-01

    Concerted observational and modelling programmes are underway to determine the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and therefore help predict its response to future climatic change. We present results of meteorological modelling based on ERA-40 reanalysis data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Our novel surface-mass-balance history of the ice sheet for 1958-2003, is based on accumulation (snowfall minus evaporation/sublimation) modelling and a new monthly melt-water runoff model by Janssens & Huybrechts (Huybrechts 2002). These techniques combined yield valuable insights into the past and present state and variability of the Greenland ice mass and links with climate. Aspects of the validation of the new accumulation, runoff and SMB series are discussed. There was considerable interannual variability in snow accumulation, runoff and mass balance over the last 46 years. By comparing with long-term temperature, precipitation and accumulation records from the meteorological stations and ice cores, we discuss possible climatic factors forcing the ice in this period. There are distinct signals in runoff and SMB following three major volcanic eruptions. Runoff losses from the ice sheet were 280(±28) km^3 yr^-1 in 1961-90 and 391(+-39) km^3 yr^-1 in 1998-2003. Significantly rising runoff since the 1990s has been partly offset by more precipitation. However, our best estimate of overall mass balance declined from -3(±53) km^3 yr^-1 in 1961-90 to -65(±61) km^3 yr^-1 in 1998-2003. Additional dynamical factors that cause an acceleration of ice flow near the margins, and possible enhanced iceberg calving, may have led to a more negative mass balance in the past few years than suggested here. The implication is a significant and accelerating recent contribution from the ice sheet, about 0.22 mm yr^-1 over the last six years, to global sea-level rise. Runoff and thinning of the ice-sheet margins increased substantially since the 1990s. However, massive snow accumulation over south-east Greenland during winter 2002/03, well shown in our analysis, led to unprecedented thickening in recent NASA aircraft LIDAR surveys. Do these recent changes indicate more extreme weather conditions including warming over the Ice Sheet, more storminess and higher accumulation events, due to global warming?

  8. Melting of small Arctic ice caps observed from ERS scatterometer time series

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    Melting of small Arctic ice caps observed from ERS scatterometer time series Laurence C. Smith,1 of melt onset can be observed over small ice caps, as well as the major ice sheets and multi-year sea ice for 14 small Arctic ice caps from 1992­2000. Interannual and regional variability in the timing of melt

  9. Observed anomalous atmospheric patterns in summers of unusual Arctic sea ice melt

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    Knudsen, Erlend M.; Orsolini, Yvan J.; Furevik, Tore; Hodges, Kevin I.

    2015-04-01

    The Arctic sea ice retreat has accelerated over the last decade. The negative trend is largest in summer, but substantial interannual variability still remains. Here we explore observed atmospheric conditions and feedback mechanisms during summer months of anomalous sea ice melt in the Arctic. Compositing months of anomalous low and high sea ice melt over 1979-2013, we find distinct patterns in atmospheric circulation, precipitation, radiation, and temperature. Compared to summer months of anomalous low sea ice melt, high melt months are characterized by anomalous high sea level pressure in the Arctic (up to 7 hPa), with a corresponding tendency of storms to track on a more zonal path. As a result, the Arctic receives less precipitation overall and 39% less snowfall. This lowers the albedo of the region and reduces the negative feedback the snowfall provides for the sea ice. With an anticyclonic tendency, 12 W/m2 more incoming shortwave radiation reaches the surface in the start of the season. The melting sea ice in turn promotes cloud development in the marginal ice zones and enhances downwelling longwave radiation at the surface toward the end of the season. A positive cloud feedback emerges. In midlatitudes, the more zonally tracking cyclones give stormier, cloudier, wetter, and cooler summers in most of northern Europe and around the Sea of Okhotsk. Farther south, the region from the Mediterranean Sea to East Asia experiences significant surface warming (up to 2.4°C), possibly linked to changes in the jet stream.

  10. Object-based Image Classification of Arctic Sea Ice and Melt Ponds through Aerial Photos

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    Miao, X.; Xie, H.; Li, Z.; Lei, R.

    2013-12-01

    The last six years have marked the lowest Arctic summer sea ice extents in the modern era, with a new record summer minimum (3.4 million km2) set on 13 September 2012. It has been predicted that the Arctic could be free of summer ice within the next 25-30. The loss of Arctic summer ice could have serious consequences, such as higher water temperature due to the positive feedback of albedo, more powerful and frequent storms, rising sea levels, diminished habitats for polar animals, and more pollution due to fossil fuel exploitation and/ or increased traffic through the Northwest/ Northeast Passage. In these processes, melt ponds play an important role in Earth's radiation balance since they strongly absorb solar radiation rather than reflecting it as snow and ice do. Therefore, it is necessary to develop the ability of predicting the sea ice/ melt pond extents and space-time evolution, which is pivotal to prepare for the variation and uncertainty of the future environment, political, economic, and military needs. A lot of efforts have been put into Arctic sea ice modeling to simulate sea ice processes. However, these sea ice models were initiated and developed based on limited field surveys, aircraft or satellite image data. Therefore, it is necessary to collect high resolution sea ice aerial photo in a systematic way to tune up, validate, and improve models. Currently there are many sea ice aerial photos available, such as Chinese Arctic Exploration (CHINARE 2008, 2010, 2012), SHEBA 1998 and HOTRAX 2005. However, manually delineating of sea ice and melt pond from these images is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In this study, we use the object-based remote sensing classification scheme to extract sea ice and melt ponds efficiently from 1,727 aerial photos taken during the CHINARE 2010. The algorithm includes three major steps as follows. (1) Image segmentation groups the neighboring pixels into objects according to the similarity of spectral and texture information; (2) random forest ensemble classifier can distinguish the following objects: water, submerged ice, shadow, and ice/snow; and (3) polygon neighbor analysis can further separate melt ponds from submerged ice according to the spatial neighboring relationship. Our results illustrate the spatial distribution and morphological characters of melt ponds in different latitudes of the Arctic Pacific sector. This method can be applied to massive photos and images taken in past years and future years, in deriving the detailed sea ice and melt pond distribution and changes through years.

  11. Rapid bottom melting widespread near Antarctic ice sheet grounding lines

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    Rignot, E.; Jacobs, S.

    2002-01-01

    As continental ice from Antartica reaches the grounding line and begins to float, its underside melts into the ocean. Results obtained with satellite radar interferometry reveal that bottom melt rates experienced by large outlet glaciers near their grounding lines are far higher than generally assumed.

  12. Basal melt rates beneath Whillans Ice Stream, West Antarctica

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    Beem, Lucas H.; Jezek, Ken C.; van der Veen, Cornelis J.

    2010-08-05

    . Downstream of the onset of shear crevasses, strong basal melt (20–50 mm a?1) is concentrated beneath the relatively narrow shear margins. Farther upstream, melt rates are consistently 3–7 mm a?1 across the width of the ice stream. We show that the transition...

  13. On the phase diagram of water with density functional theory potentials: the melting temperature of Ice I-h with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof and Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr functionals

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    Yoo, Soohaeng; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2009-06-11

    The melting temperature (Tm) of ice Ih was determined from constant enthalphy (NPH) Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD) simulations to be 417±3 K for the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) and 411±4 K for the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr (BLYP) density functionals using a coexisting ice (Ih)-liquid phase at constant pressures of P = 2,500 and 10,000 bar and a density ? = 1 g/cm3, respectively. This suggests that ambient condition simulations at ? = 1 g/cm3 will rather describe a supercooled state that is overstructured when compared to liquid water. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences' Chemical Sciences program. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  14. Climate change and forest fires synergistically drive widespread melt events of the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Keegan, Kaitlin M.; Albert, Mary R.; McConnell, Joseph R.; Baker, Ian

    2014-01-01

    In July 2012, over 97% of the Greenland Ice Sheet experienced surface melt, the first widespread melt during the era of satellite remote sensing. Analysis of six Greenland shallow firn cores from the dry snow region confirms that the most recent prior widespread melt occurred in 1889. A firn core from the center of the ice sheet demonstrated that exceptionally warm temperatures combined with black carbon sediments from Northern Hemisphere forest fires reduced albedo below a critical threshold in the dry snow region, and caused the melting events in both 1889 and 2012. We use these data to project the frequency of widespread melt into the year 2100. Since Arctic temperatures and the frequency of forest fires are both expected to rise with climate change, our results suggest that widespread melt events on the Greenland Ice Sheet may begin to occur almost annually by the end of century. These events are likely to alter the surface mass balance of the ice sheet, leaving the surface susceptible to further melting. PMID:24843158

  15. Climate change and forest fires synergistically drive widespread melt events of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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    Keegan, Kaitlin M; Albert, Mary R; McConnell, Joseph R; Baker, Ian

    2014-06-01

    In July 2012, over 97% of the Greenland Ice Sheet experienced surface melt, the first widespread melt during the era of satellite remote sensing. Analysis of six Greenland shallow firn cores from the dry snow region confirms that the most recent prior widespread melt occurred in 1889. A firn core from the center of the ice sheet demonstrated that exceptionally warm temperatures combined with black carbon sediments from Northern Hemisphere forest fires reduced albedo below a critical threshold in the dry snow region, and caused the melting events in both 1889 and 2012. We use these data to project the frequency of widespread melt into the year 2100. Since Arctic temperatures and the frequency of forest fires are both expected to rise with climate change, our results suggest that widespread melt events on the Greenland Ice Sheet may begin to occur almost annually by the end of century. These events are likely to alter the surface mass balance of the ice sheet, leaving the surface susceptible to further melting. PMID:24843158

  16. Applying Archimedes' Law to Ice Melting in Sea Water

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    Noerdlinger, Peter D.; Brower, K. R.

    2006-12-01

    Archimedes stated that a floating body displaces its own weight of liquid, but his law has been widely misapplied to ice floating in the oceans by scientists who assumed that equal weights correspond to equal liquid volumes. It is often said that when floating ice melts, the sea level does not rise "because of Archimedes' law." True when ice floats in fresh water, but a myth for ice in oceans! Most ice floating in the oceans is nearly pure water. When it melts, the pure water produced has about 2.6% more volume than the salt water that was displaced, and the ocean slightly rises. It is often suggested that students demonstrate the "fact" of no rise in the sea surface by melting ice cubes floating in a glass of water; such a demonstration even appears in the movie "An Inconvenient Truth." Let's teach students to spot such errors. We highlight a couple more "surprise issues." First, the density of the floating ice, if it is free of salt and dirt, is irrelevant, so long as it floats. Next, when "grounded" ice (resting on land), enters the sea, it initially displaces less water than its melted form will eventually add to the sea. Thus, an event of that kind, such as formation of an iceberg, produces a rise of the sea level in two stages. We conclude with a series of thought-experiments that could help teachers and students discern the correct result, and a photo of a demonstration.

  17. Impact of Greenland Ice Sheet Melt on Future AMOC Evolution

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    Bakker, P.; Schmittner, A.; Lenaerts, J.

    2014-12-01

    The evolution of the AMOC is one of the key uncertainties of future climate projections. The latest IPCC report states that state-of-art climate models show an AMOC reduction over the 21st century of 20-30% for the RCP4.5 scenario and 36-44% for RCP8.5. Moreover, it is found to be very unlikely that the AMOC will undergo an abrupt transition or collapse in the 21stcentury. However, during the last decade a strong increase in mass loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet has been observed, a trend that is expected to continue into the future. This enhanced melt water input to the North Atlantic provides a major uncertainty in the evolution of the AMOC that has thus far not been taken into account in the RCP projections. Based on observations and high resolution regional climate modeling, we have constructed state-of-the-art projections of changes in the surface mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet for the period 2006-2300, both for RCP4.5 and RCP8.5. The developed methodology enables the inclusion of Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance changes in GCM climate change projections, either as a forcing or as a climate feedback through the coupling with upper air temperature changes. These surface mass balance projections form the basis of a major model-inter-comparison effort that allows us to assess i) the potential impact on the AMOC evolution of changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet over the course of the next three centuries, ii) assess the likelihood of an AMOC collapse and iii) investigate how a potential weakening of the AMOC could in turn influence the surface mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  18. Melting of the precipitated ice IV in LiCl aqueous solution and polyamorphism of water.

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    Mishima, Osamu

    2011-12-01

    Melting of the precipitated ice IV in supercooled LiCl-H(2)O solution was studied in the range of 0-0.6 MPa and 160-270 K. Emulsified solution was used to detect this metastable transition. Ice IV was precipitated from the aqueous solution of 2.0 mol % LiCl (or 4.8 mol % LiCl) in each emulsion particle at low-temperature and high-pressure conditions, and the emulsion was decompressed at different temperatures. The melting of ice IV was detected from the temperature change of the emulsified sample during the decompression. There was an apparently sudden change in the slope of the ice IV melting curve (liquidus) in the pressure-temperature diagram. At the high-pressure and high-temperature side of the change, the solute-induced freezing point depression was observed. At the low-pressure and low-temperature side, ice IV transformed into ice Ih on the decompression, and the transition was almost unrelated to the concentration of LiCl. These experimental results were roughly explained by the presumed existence of two kinds of liquid water (low-density liquid water and high-density liquid water), or polyamorphism in water, and by the simple assumption that LiCl dissolved maily in high-density liquid water. PMID:21736291

  19. The impact of refreezing of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice thinning

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    Flocco, Daniela; Feltham, Daniel; Schroeder, David; Tsamados, Michel

    2015-04-01

    While the impact of melt ponds on the albedo-feedback mechanism of Arctic sea ice is well known, their impact in suppressing winter freeze up has been less studied. At the end of summer the melt ponds, covering a large fraction of the sea ice, start freezing and get trapped between the sea ice beneath and a thin surface layer of ice. The pond water stores latent heat that is released as they freeze. Ponds trapped under a layer of refrozen ice have been observed in the Arctic and our model results, confirmed by observations, show that the latent heat stored in the ice due to their presence slows the basal sea ice growth for over a month after a sea ice lid appears on their surface. We have developed a three layer, one-dimensional model of temperature and salinity evolution to study the refreezing process and conducted sensitivity studies to examine the factors affecting melt pond refreezing, including the presence of snow on a refreezing pond. We also show some preliminary results obtained by including this new process in the CICE model and in particular, the impact that the increased pond salinity and the refrozen pond persistence have on the sea ice basal growth.

  20. 07/06/2009 Melting Ice Could Lead to Massive Waves of Climate Refugees Treehugger 06/30/2009 MELTING GREENLAND ICE SHEETS MAY THREATEN

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    Hu, Aixue

    /30/2009 MELTING GREENLAND ICE SHEETS MAY THREATEN NORTHEAST U.S., CANADA Federal News Service 06/30/2009 Sea raises spectre of displaced humanity peopleandplanet.net 06/16/2009 Melting Greenland Ice Sheets May Report - Online 06/02/2009 Melting Greenland Ice Sheets May Threaten Northeast, Canada usagnet 06

  1. Induced ice melting by the snow flea antifreeze protein from molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Todde, Guido; Whitman, Christopher; Hovmöller, Sven; Laaksonen, Aatto

    2014-11-26

    Antifreeze proteins (AFP) allow different life forms, insects as well as fish and plants, to survive in subzero environments. AFPs prevent freezing of the physiological fluids. We have studied, through molecular dynamics simulations, the behavior of the small isoform of the AFP found in the snow flea (sfAFP), both in water and at the ice/water interface, of four different ice planes. In water at room temperature, the structure of the sfAFP is found to be slightly unstable. The loop between two polyproline II helices has large fluctuations as well as the C-terminus. Torsional angle analyses show a decrease of the polyproline II helix area in the Ramachandran plots. The protein structure instability, in any case, should not affect its antifreeze activity. At the ice/water interface the sfAFP triggers local melting of the ice surface. Bipyramidal, secondary prism, and prism ice planes melt in the presence of AFP at temperatures below the melting point of ice. Only the basal plane is found to be stable at the same temperatures, indicating an adsorption of the sfAFP on this ice plane as confirmed by experimental evidence. PMID:25353109

  2. The "blob of death", or how warm air advection causes rapid ice melt

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    Tjernström, Michael; Shupe, Matthew; Achtert, Peggy; Brooks, Barbara; Brooks, Ian; Johnston, Paul; Persson, Ola; Prytherch, John; Salisbury, Dominic; Sedlar, Joseph; Sotiropoulou, Georgia; Wolfe, Dan

    2015-04-01

    The Arctic Clouds in Summer Experiment (ACSE) program obtained measurements of surface energy fluxes, boundary-layer structure, cloud macro- and micro-physical structure, and upper-ocean thermal and salinity structure from pack-ice and open-water regions in the eastern Arctic from early July to early October 2014. ACSE was divided into two legs. The first took a route from Tromsö, Norway, to Barrow, Alaska, during late summer (early July to late August) mostly on the Siberian Shelf, while the second leg was from traversed back mostly north of the shelf during September and early October. This paper will present ACSE and show examples of some results. Energy fluxes at the surface determine the annual summer melt and autumn freeze-up of Arctic sea ice, but are strongly modulated by interactions between atmospheric, ocean, and sea-ice processes. ACSE summer measurements showed energy flux surpluses leading to significant surface melt, while late August and September measurements showed deficits, leading to freeze-up of sea ice and the ocean surface. A weeklong episode with intensive melt resulting from warm air advection from continental Russia will be presented and discussed. During this episode, temperatures up to 20 °C was observed aloft while near surface temperatures over the ice remained near melting. In the surface inversion dense fog formed that enhanced the downward longwave radiation. Together with a downward turbulent sensible heat flux this caused a rapid melt in this area.

  3. Climatic warming and basal melting of large ice sheets: possible implications for East Antarctica

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    Saari, M.R.; Yuen, D.A.; Schubert, G.

    1987-01-01

    Climatic warming is shown to be capable of inducing shear heating instability and basal melting in a model ice sheet that is creeping slowly downslope. Growth times of the instability are calculated from a nonlinear analysis of temperature and flow in the model ice sheet whose surface undergoes a prescribed increase of temperature. The source of instability lies in the decrease of maximum ice thickness for steady downslope creep with increasing surface temperature. A surface temperature increase of 5 to 10 k can cause instability on a 10/sup 4/ year time scale for realistic ice rheology. The instability occurs suddenly after a prolonged period of dormancy. The instability might be relevant to the East Antarctic ice sheet. Warming associated with the Holocene interglacial epoch that heralded the end of the last ice age may have set the East Antarctic ice sheet on a course toward wide-spread instability some 10/sup 4/ years later. The present CO/sub 2/-induced climate warming is also a potential trigger for instability and basal melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet.

  4. Melt Detection in Antarctic Ice-Sheets Using Spaceborne Scatterometers and Radiometers

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    Long, David G.

    Melt Detection in Antarctic Ice-Sheets Using Spaceborne Scatterometers and Radiometers Lukas B. Validation of the ice- state and melt-onset date estimates is performed by analyzing the corresponding Recently, longer melt season duration and surface melt ponds on Antarctic ice-shelves have been linked

  5. Some Thoughts on the Freezing and Melting of Sea Ice and Their Effects on the Ocean

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    Washington at Seattle, University of

    Some Thoughts on the Freezing and Melting of Sea Ice and Their Effects on the Ocean K. Aagaard from ice melt, although the actual sea ice flux is small, only about 0.005 Sv. A curious feature-depth in the same ocean. This is a consequence of the ice being exported south- ward onto the shelf, melted

  6. Effect of periodic melting on geochemical and isotopic signals in an ice core from Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard

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    Moore, John

    Effect of periodic melting on geochemical and isotopic signals in an ice core from Lomonosovfonna in an ice core taken from a periodically melting ice field, Lomonosovfonna in central Spitsbergen, Svalbard. The aim is to determine the degree to which the signals are altered by periodic melting of the ice. We use

  7. The impact of refreezing of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice thinning

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    Flocco, Daniela; Feltham, Daniel; Bailey, Eleanor; Schroeder, David

    2014-05-01

    The presence of melt ponds over the sea ice cover in the Arctic has a profound impact on the surface albedo inducing a positive feedback leading to sea ice thinning. At the end of summer the melt ponds, covering a large sea ice, start freezing and get trapped between the sea ice beneath and a thin surface layer of ice. The pond water also stores latent heat that is released as they freeze. Ponds trapped under a layer of refrozen ice have been observed in the Arctic and our model results, confirmed by observations, show that they are present for a few months after the formation of the initial ice lid. In this work we study the ice/water temperature profile in the trapped pond system and its evolution until the pond freezes and show the impact of the presence of a trapped pond on sea ice growth. We show a number of sensitivity studies assessing the impact of varying the model's meteorological inputs, sea ice parameters and ocean salinity.

  8. Arctic sea-ice ridges—Safe heavens for sea-ice fauna during periods of extreme ice melt?

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    Gradinger, Rolf; Bluhm, Bodil; Iken, Katrin

    2010-01-01

    The abundances and distribution of metazoan within-ice meiofauna (13 stations) and under-ice fauna (12 stations) were investigated in level sea ice and sea-ice ridges in the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas and Canada Basin in June/July 2005 using a combination of ice coring and SCUBA diving. Ice meiofauna abundance was estimated based on live counts in the bottom 30 cm of level sea ice based on triplicate ice core sampling at each location, and in individual ice chunks from ridges at four locations. Under-ice amphipods were counted in situ in replicate ( N=24-65 per station) 0.25 m 2 quadrats using SCUBA to a maximum water depth of 12 m. In level sea ice, the most abundant ice meiofauna groups were Turbellaria (46%), Nematoda (35%), and Harpacticoida (19%), with overall low abundances per station that ranged from 0.0 to 10.9 ind l -1 (median 0.8 ind l -1). In level ice, low ice algal pigment concentrations (<0.1-15.8 ?g Chl a l -1), low brine salinities (1.8-21.7) and flushing from the melting sea ice likely explain the low ice meiofauna concentrations. Higher abundances of Turbellaria, Nematoda and Harpacticoida also were observed in pressure ridges (0-200 ind l -1, median 40 ind l -1), although values were highly variable and only medians of Turbellaria were significantly higher in ridge ice than in level ice. Median abundances of under-ice amphipods at all ice types (level ice, various ice ridge structures) ranged from 8 to 114 ind m -2 per station and mainly consisted of Apherusa glacialis (87%), Onisimus spp. (7%) and Gammarus wilkitzkii (6%). Highest amphipod abundances were observed in pressure ridges at depths >3 m where abundances were up to 42-fold higher compared with level ice. We propose that the summer ice melt impacted meiofauna and under-ice amphipod abundance and distribution through (a) flushing, and (b) enhanced salinity stress at thinner level sea ice (less than 3 m thickness). We further suggest that pressure ridges, which extend into deeper, high-salinity water, become accumulation regions for ice meiofauna and under-ice amphipods in summer. Pressure ridges thus might be crucial for faunal survival during periods of enhanced summer ice melt. Previous estimates of Arctic sea ice meiofauna and under-ice amphipods on regional and pan-Arctic scales likely underestimate abundances at least in summer because they typically do not include pressure ridges.

  9. Synoptic and mesoscale climate forcing on Antarctic ice shelf surface melt dynamics

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    Karmosky, Christopher

    Given that the polar regions, especially the Antarctic Peninsula, have experienced one of the largest temperature increases on Earth over the last few decades, an understanding of Antarctic climate has become more urgent. Ice shelves themselves are located at the intersection of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and the cryosphere---the air-ice-ocean boundary, and are sensitive to changes in any of these media. In addition to being particularly sensitive to changes in climate, ice shelves play an important role in controlling the flow of glaciers into the ocean, which has important implications for sea level changes. In a warming world, an increased understanding of how climate change is affecting Antarctic ice shelves is valuable for assessing vulnerable regions of the Antarctic that may be prone to further instability. This work focuses on determining the underlying climatic processes controlling energy and mass balance responsible for driving melting over ice shelves. A novel melt-magnitude retrieval method is presented that uses Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)-derived near-IR reflectance coupled with ice surface temperature as a proxy for surface melt magnitude. This method has a higher spatial resolution than passive microwave melt detection, has the added benefit of retrieving melt magnitude rather than a binary melt occurrence or non-occurrence, but has a lower temporal resolution than either passive-microwave or microwave-scatterometry melt detection. This limitation is a result of the opacity of cloud cover to both visible and IR radiation, requiring more satellite overpasses to obtain spatially contiguous imagery. This work also examines several weather variables associated with a large-extent, long-duration surface melt event on the Ross Ice Shelf. It is shown that cloudy conditions coupled with increased sensible and latent heat flux to the surface were present during the event, and these conditions are consistent with those that induce surface melting. Finally, an analysis of co-occurring climate conditions and surface melting over a recent 15-year time period (1987-2002) is presented. This analysis examines surface melt extent in three regions: Ross Ice Shelf, Larsen Ice Shelf and the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Region. Self-Organizing Maps (SOMs) are used to categorize weather patterns for each December and January day during the study period, and the average surface melt extent for each SOM pattern is computed. These values are compared to average December and January surface melt extents for each region to determine the SOM patterns associated with significantly greater or significantly less melt than the 15-year average. Over the Ross region, increases in sensible and latent heat fluxes are associated with greater surface melt extent, as is the presence of cyclonic circulation in the Ross Sea that drives mild maritime air poleward. In the Larsen and Amundsen-Bellingshausen regions, radiation fluxes appear to be more closely associated with surface melt extent, although the relationship for the geographically heterogeneous Amundsen-Bellingshausen region is less clear. These results can guide future mesoscale modeling studies that will be able to more precisely determine the causative role of each atmospheric variable in generating surface melting on West Antarctic ice shelves.

  10. Modeling the heating and melting of sea ice through light absorption by microalgae

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    Zeebe, Richard E.; Eicken, Hajo; Robinson, Dale H.; Wolf-Gladrow, Dieter; Dieckmann, Gerhard S.

    1996-01-01

    In sea ice of polar regions, high concentrations of microalgae are observed during the spring. Algal standing stocks may attain peak values of over 300 mg chl a m-2 in the congelation ice habitat. As of yet, the effect of additional heating of sea ice through conversion of solar radiation into heat by algae has not been investigated in detail. Local effects, such as a decrease in albedo, increasing melt rates, and a decrease of the physical strength of ice sheets may occur. To investigate the effects of microalgae on the thermal regime of sea ice, a time-dependent, one-dimensional thermodynamic model of sea ice was coupled to a bio-optical model. A spectral one-stream model was employed to determine spectral attenuation by snow, sea ice, and microalgae. Beer's law was assumed to hold for every wavelength. Energy absorption was obtained by calculating the divergence of irradiance in every layer of the model (?z = 1 cm). Changes in sea ice temperature profiles were calculated by solving the heat conduction equation with a finite difference scheme. Model results indicate that when algal biomass is concentrated at the bottom of congelation ice, melting of ice resulting from the additional conversion of solar radiation into heat may effectively destroy the algal habitat, thereby releasing algal biomass into the water column. An algal layer located in the top of the ice sheet induced a significant increase in sea ice temperature (?T > 0.3 K) for snow depths less than 5 cm and algal standing stocks higher than 150 mg chl a m-2. Furthermore, under these conditions, brine volume increased by 21% from 181 to 219 parts per thousand, which decreased the physical strength of the ice.

  11. A new approach to the study of interfacial melting of ice: infrared spectroscopy

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    Sadtchenko, V.; Ewing, G. E.

    2003-01-01

    Faraday observed in 1850 "that a particle of water which could retain the liquid state whilst touching ice on only one side, could not retain the liquid if it were touched by ice on both" (M. Faraday, Royal Institution Discourse, June 7, 1850; Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics (Taylor and Francis, New York, 1991)). Thus began the concept of interfacial melting, and the presence of a liquid water film on the surface of ice at temperatures of 0degreesC and below. Over the past few decades, there have been a number of measurements of interfacial melting. In some studies, the thickness of the thin film, variously called the quasi-liquid layer (QLL), liquid-like layer, surface melting layer, or premelting layer, has been determined. The results of these measurements demonstrate a striking variation depending on the experimental method and the nature of the ice samples. For example, at -0.1degreesC, the thickness values range over two orders of magnitude from around 1 to 100 nm. Although the disagreement can be partially explained by the differences in ice samples, the experimental techniques employed in measurements of the QLL thickness are based on different physical principals, and involve a web of assumptions for their deconvolution. We describe here the technique of infrared attenuated total reflection (ATR) spectroscopy that has been directed to the study of interfacial melting of ice for the first time.

  12. Ranking spatially and temporally variable Greenland ice surface melt factors

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    Box, Jason; Mottram, Ruth; Langen, Peter; Boberg, Fredrik; Promice Team

    2014-05-01

    Greenland ice sheet surface melt water production is evaluated via a spatially distributed surface energy budget analysis of the 14 summers spanning 2000-2013. Key ingredients are DMI HIRHAM5 5km x 5km output and NASA MOD10A1 daily albedo. The HIRHAM5 simulated downward solar and infrared fluxes and turbulent fluxes are compared with in-situ data from the Danish PROMICE.org automatic weather stations. The seasonally and spatially evolving relative importance of individual surface energy budget components yields detailed insight into physical processes driving melt variability with some surprising implications to ice sheet surface mass balance sensitivity to climate change.

  13. Satellite gravity measurements confirm accelerated melting of Greenland ice sheet.

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    Chen, J L; Wilson, C R; Tapley, B D

    2006-09-29

    Using time-variable gravity measurements from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission, we estimate ice mass changes over Greenland during the period April 2002 to November 2005. After correcting for the effects of spatial filtering and limited resolution of GRACE data, the estimated total ice melting rate over Greenland is -239 +/- 23 cubic kilometers per year, mostly from East Greenland. This estimate agrees remarkably well with a recent assessment of -224 +/- 41 cubic kilometers per year, based on satellite radar interferometry data. GRACE estimates in southeast Greenland suggest accelerated melting since the summer of 2004, consistent with the latest remote sensing measurements. PMID:16902089

  14. Warm-air advection, air mass transformation and fog causes rapid ice melt

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    Tjernström, Michael; Shupe, Matthew D.; Brooks, Ian M.; Persson, P. Ola G.; Prytherch, John; Salisbury, Dominic J.; Sedlar, Joseph; Achtert, Peggy; Brooks, Barbara J.; Johnston, Paul E.; Sotiropoulou, Georgia; Wolfe, Dan

    2015-07-01

    Direct observations during intense warm-air advection over the East Siberian Sea reveal a period of rapid sea-ice melt. A semistationary, high-pressure system north of the Bering Strait forced northward advection of warm, moist air from the continent. Air-mass transformation over melting sea ice formed a strong, surface-based temperature inversion in which dense fog formed. This induced a positive net longwave radiation at the surface while reducing net solar radiation only marginally; the inversion also resulted in downward turbulent heat flux. The sum of these processes enhanced the surface energy flux by an average of ~15 W m-2 for a week. Satellite images before and after the episode show sea-ice concentrations decreasing from > 90% to ~50% over a large area affected by the air-mass transformation. We argue that this rapid melt was triggered by the increased heat flux from the atmosphere due to the warm-air advection.

  15. Divergent trajectories of Antarctic ice shelf surface melt under 21st century climate scenarios

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    Trusel, L. D.; Frey, K. E.; Das, S. B.; Kuipers Munneke, P.; van Meijgaard, E.

    2014-12-01

    Antarctic ice shelves represent a critical interface between continental ice masses and the surrounding ocean. Breakup events of several ice shelves in recent decades have been linked to an increase in intense surface melting, and have in turn lead to cascading effects including accelerated glacier discharge into the ocean. In this study, we utilized sophisticated regional and global climate models (GCMs) to assess potential future surface melt trajectories across Antarctica under two climate scenarios (RCP4.5 and RCP8.5). RACMO2.1, a polar-adapted regional atmospheric climate model, was forced by the ERA-Interim reanalysis (1980-2010) and by two GCMs, EC-EARTH and HadGEM2-ES (2007-2100). Using RACMO2.1, we observed an exponential growth function well represents the relationship between ice shelf surface meltwater production and mean summer (DJF) 2-meter air temperature (t2m). We employed this melt-t2m relationship to project melt using t2m output from an ensemble of five CMIP5-based GCMs incorporating the NCAR Community Land Model 4 (CLM4), following spatial downscaling and bias correction using t2m from ERA-Interim-forced RACMO2.1. Our resulting GCM-derived melt projections provide an independent and methodologically unique perspective into potential future melt pathways, complementary to those derived from RACMO2.1. Most notably, both RACMO2.1 and the CMIP5 ensemble reveal divergent trajectories of meltwater production beyond 2050 under the two climate scenarios. For many ice shelves in RCP4.5, meltwater production through 2100 remains at levels comparable to present. Conversely, under RCP8.5 all methods indicate non-linear melt intensification, resulting in a four-fold increase in the Antarctic-wide meltwater volume by the end of the 21st century. For some ice shelves, including Larsen C and Wilkins (Antarctic Peninsula), and Shackleton and West (Wilkes Land), spatially averaged end-of-century meltwater production within RCP8.5 approaches or surpasses levels historically associated with collapse of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves (~600 mm w.e. a-1). While many factors influence ice shelf stability, these projections indicate a strong sensitivity of ice shelf melting to future climate pathways with potentially profound effects on future ice shelf stability.

  16. Greenland ice sheet melt area, volume, and runoff from satellite and in situ observations

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    van As, D.; Box, J. E.; Fausto, R. S.; Petersen, D.; Citterio, M.; Ahlstrom, A. P.; Andersen, S. B.; Steffen, K.

    2013-12-01

    Remote sensing provides surface melt area and regional mass change. In situ automatic weather station (AWS) data provide a relatively precise, but very local surface mass budget. Combining the two methods allows melt quantification for the entire Greenland ice sheet. We use interpolated near-surface air temperature from the GC-Net and PROMICE AWS networks, and remotely-sensed MODIS surface albedo to calculate melt with a temperature/albedo-index melt model. The calculations make use of albedo, combined with top-of-the-atmosphere solar radiation and cloud cover, to take into account absorbed shortwave radiation, the dominant melt parameter. In so doing the darkening due to the melt-albedo feedback is accounted. Calculated ablation is calibrated using AWS data. Assuming that surface albedo is a first-order indicator of the firn's available pore space and cold content, refreezing is parameterized as a function of it. Meltwater runoff for selected catchments is validated with river discharge data. The product: observation-based daily maps of near-surface air temperature, melt (extent and volume), and runoff for the Greenland ice sheet.

  17. Future projections of the Greenland ice sheet energy balance driving the surface melt

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    Franco, B.; Fettweis, X.; Erpicum, M.

    2013-01-01

    In this study, simulations at 25 km resolution are performed over the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, using the regional climate model MAR forced by four RCP scenarios from three CMIP5 global circulation models (GCMs), in order to investigate the projected changes of the surface energy balance (SEB) components driving the surface melt. Analysis of 2000-2100 melt anomalies compared to melt results over 1980-1999 reveals an exponential relationship of the GrIS surface melt rate simulated by MAR to the near-surface air temperature (TAS) anomalies, mainly due to the surface albedo positive feedback associated with the extension of bare ice areas in summer. On the GrIS margins, the future melt anomalies are preferentially driven by stronger sensible heat fluxes, induced by enhanced warm air advection over the ice sheet. Over the central dry snow zone, the surface albedo positive feedback induced by the increase in summer melt exceeds the negative feedback of heavier snowfall for TAS anomalies higher than 4 °C. In addition to the incoming longwave flux increase associated with the atmosphere warming, GCM-forced MAR simulations project an increase of the cloud cover decreasing the ratio of the incoming shortwave versus longwave radiation and dampening the albedo feedback. However, it should be noted that this trend in the cloud cover is contrary to that simulated by ERA-Interim-forced MAR for recent climate conditions, where the observed melt increase since the 1990s seems mainly to be a consequence of more anticyclonic atmospheric conditions. Finally, no significant change is projected in the length of the melt season, which highlights the importance of solar radiation absorbed by the ice sheet surface in the melt SEB.

  18. Melting by temperature-modulated calorimetry

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    Wunderlich, B.; Okazaki, Iwao; Ishikiriyama, Kazuhiko; Boller, A. |

    1997-09-01

    Well-crystallized macromolecules melt irreversibly due to the need of molecular nucleation, while small molecules melt reversibly as long as crystal nuclei are present to assist crystallization. Furthermore, imperfect crystals of low-molar-mass polymers may have a sufficiently small region of metastability between crystallization and melting to show a reversing heat-flow component due to melting of poor crystals followed by crystallization of imperfect crystals which have insufficient time to perfect before the modulation switches to heating and melts the imperfect crystals. Many metals, in turn. melt sharply and reversibly as long as nuclei remain after melting for subsequent crystallization during the cooling cycle. Their analysis is complicated, however, due to thermal conductivity limitations of the calorimeters. Polymers of sufficiently high molar mass, finally, show a small amount of reversible. local melting that may be linked to partial melting of individual molecules. Experiments by temperature-modulated calorimetry and model calculations are presented. The samples measured included poly(ethylene terephthalate)s, poly(ethylene oxide)s, and indium. Two unsolved problems that arose from this research involve the origin of a high, seemingly stable, reversible heat capacity of polymers in the melting region, and a smoothing of melting and crystallization into a close-to-elliptical Lissajous figure in a heat-flow versus sample-temperature plot.

  19. Atmospheric and oceanic climate forcing of the exceptional Greenland Ice Sheet surface melt in summer 2012

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    Hanna, Edward; Fettweis, Xavier; Mernild, Sebastian; Cappelen, John; Ribergaard, Mads; Shuman, Christopher; Steffen, Konrad; Wood, Len; Mote, Thomas

    2013-04-01

    The NASA announcement of record surface melting of the Greenland ice sheet in July 2012 led us to examine the atmospheric and oceanic climatic anomalies that are likely to have contributed to these exceptional conditions and also to ask the question of how unusual these anomalies were compared to available records. Our analysis allows us to assess the relative contributions of these two key influences to both the extreme melt event and ongoing climate change. In 2012, as in recent warm summers since 2007, a blocking high pressure feature, associated with negative NAO conditions, was present in the mid-troposphere over Greenland for much of the summer. This circulation pattern advected relatively warm southerly winds over the western flank of the ice sheet, forming a "heat dome" over Greenland that led to the widespread surface melting. Both sea-surface temperature and sea-ice cover anomalies seem to have played a minimal role in this record melt, relative to atmospheric circulation. Two representative coastal climatological station averages and several individual stations in S, W and NW Greenland set new surface air temperature records for May, June, July and the whole (JJA) summer. The unusually warm summer 2012 conditions extended to the top of the ice sheet at Summit, where our reanalysed (1994-2012) DMI Summit weather station summer (JJA) temperature series set new record high mean and extreme temperatures in 2012; 3-hourly instantaneous 2-m temperatures reached an exceptional value of 2.2degC at Summit on 11 July 2012. These conditions translated into the record observed ice-sheet wide melt during summer 2012. However, 2012 seems not to be climatically representative of future "average" summers projected this century.

  20. Absence of superheating for ice Ih with a free surface : a new method of determining the melting point of different water models

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    Carlos Vega; Maria Martin-Conde; Andrzej Patrykiejew

    2013-04-18

    Molecular dynamic simulations were performed for ice Ih with a free surface. The simulations were carried out at several temperatures and each run lasted more than 7ns. At high temperatures the ice melts. It is demonstrated that the melting process starts at the surface and propagates to the bulk of the ice block. Already at the temperatures below the melting point, we observe a thin liquid layer at the ice surface, but the block of ice remains stable along the run. As soon as the temperature reaches the melting point the entire ice block melts. Our results demonstrate that, unlike in the case of conventional simulations in the NpT ensemble, overheating of the ice Ih with a free surface does not occur. That allows to estimate the melting point of ice at zero pressure. We applied the method to the following models of water: SPC/E, TIP4P, TIP4P/Ew, TIP4P/Ice and TIP4P/2005, and found good agreement between the melting temperatures obtained by this procedure and the values obtained either from free energy calculations or from direct simulations of the ice/water interface.

  1. The NE Greenland Ice Sheet during the last glacial - a dynamic retreat from the shelf edge triggered by ice melting?

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    Sverre Laberg, Jan; Forwick, Matthias; Husum, Katrine

    2014-05-01

    The dynamics of the north-eastern sector of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the last glacial are still poorly constrained and large uncertainties about its extent exist. We present new swath-bathymetry data and sub-bottom profiles acquired from the outer parts of a shelf-crossing trough. These data reveal glacial landforms suggesting that grounded ice extended to the shelf break. Thus, the hypothesis of a mid-shelf position of the ice sheet in this area during the last glacial maximum is rejected, instead other studies predicting an ice expansion to the shelf break is reinforced. The results presented here also add further details on the behavior of the ice sheet during the initial deglaciation. The outer trough studied was characterized by the formation of a complex pattern of moraine ridges and sediment wedges overlying mega-scale glacial lineations, providing evidence of repeated halts and readvances of the ice sheet during an early phase of its decay. This suggests that the early deglaciation was related to melting of the grounded ice due to temperature increase in the ocean, rather than being triggered by abrupt sea level rise. The latter should, according to established models, result in ice lift-off and a sea floor dominated by landforms formed during full-glacial conditions (mega-scale glacial lineations) and ice disintegration (iceberg plough-marks).

  2. Update on the Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Extent: 1979-1999

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    Abdalati, Waleed; Steffen, Konrad

    2000-01-01

    Analysis of melt extent on the Greenland ice sheet is updated to span the time period 1979-1999 is examined along with its spatial and temporal variability using passive microwave satellite data. In order to acquire the full record, the issue of continuity between previous passive microwave sensors (SMMR, SSM/I F-8, and SSM/I F-11), and the most recent SSM/I F-13 sensor is addressed. The F-13 Cross-polarized gradient ratio (XPGR) melt-classification threshold is determined to be -0.0154. Results show that for the 21-year record, an increasing melt trend of nearly 1 %/yr is observed, and this trend is driven by conditions on in the western portion of the ice sheet, rather than the east, where melt appears to have decreased slightly. Moreover, the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 is likely to have had some impact the melt, but not as much as previously suspected. The 1992 melt anomaly is 1.7 standard deviations from the mean. Finally, the relationship between coastal temperatures and melt extent suggest an increase in surface runoff contribution to sea level of 0.31 mm/yr for a 1 C temperature rise.

  3. When ice meets water: Sub-aqueous melt and its relevance in various settings

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    Truffer, M.; Motyka, R. J.

    2014-12-01

    The largest glacier changes are primarily observed in settings where ice flows into a proglacial water body. However, the responses to this interaction are not uniform. Rapidly retreating glaciers can occur in close vicinity to advancing ones. Calving styles and glacier morphologies vary greatly as well. Temperate lake-calving glaciers frequently exhibit floating tongues; but this is rarely observed on temperate tidewater glaciers. Calving styles range from mostly sub-aerial calving to full-thickness calving to slow detachment of large ice bergs. In addition to the more obvious mechanical calving, glaciers lose mass at their termini through sub-aqueous melting. Melt rates of submerged ice have been shown to vary over several orders of magnitudes, and can range up to several meters per day. This large range is a consequence of different proglacial water temperatures, and of different modes of water transport. Water convection in proglacial water bodies can be driven by winds and tides, but subglacial water discharge is commonly the strongest and most variable driver. Here we attempt to relate the variability of forcings and melt rates to the various morphologies and calving styles of different water-terminating glaciers. The highest melt rates are observed at low-latitude tidewater glaciers, where ocean water can be warm (7 - 10 deg C) and subglacial discharge high. In such settings, sub-aqueous melt can reach the same magnitude as ice flux delivered to the terminus and it can control ice terminus position. Polar tidewater glaciers, such as those in Greenland, often exhibit floating tongues. Although melt rates are likely much lower, they can have a large effect under a floating tongue because of the much larger exposure of ice to water. Changes in melt rates can therefore affect the stability of such floating tongues. Low melt rates occur at some ice shelves at high latitudes, where the temperature and freshwater forcings are small. This situation can also occur at temperate lake-calving glaciers, which often flow into lakes of near freezing temperatures. Due to the very small density differences between subglacial discharge and ambient lake water, convection below the floating tongue is minor or non-existent.. This is in great contrast to fresh water entering a saline environment.

  4. Simulating Ice Particle Melting using Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics

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    Kuo, Kwo-Sen; Pelissier, Craig

    2015-04-01

    To measure precipitation from space requires an accurate estimation of the collective scattering properties of particles suspended in a precipitating column. It is well known that the complicated and typically unknowable shapes of the solid precipitation particles cause much uncertainty in the retrievals involving such particles. This remote-sensing problem becomes even more difficult with the "melting layer" containing partially melted ice particles, where both the geometric shape and liquid-solid fraction of the hydrometeors are variables.. For the scattering properties of these particles depend not only on their shapes, but also their melt-water fraction,and the spatial distribution of liquid and ice within. To obtain an accurate estimation thus requires a set of "realistic" particle geometries and a method to determine the melt-water distribution at various stages in the melting process. Once this is achieved, a suitable method can be used to compute the scattering properties. In previous work, the growth of a set of astoundingly realistic ice particles has been simulated using the "Snowfake" algorithm of Gravner and Griffeath. To simulate the melting process of these particles, the method of Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) is used. SPH is a mesh-less particle-based approach where kinematic and thermal dynamics is controlled entirely through two-body interactions between neighboring SPH particles. An important property of SPH is that the interaction at boundaries between air/ice/water is implicitly taken care of. This is crucial for this work since those boundaries are complex and vary throughout the melting process. We present the SPH implementation and a simulation, using highly parallel Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), with ~1 million SPH particles to represent one of the generated ice particle geometries. We plan to use this method, especially its parallelized version, to simulate the melting of all the "Snowfake" particles (~10,000 of them) in our collection, to form the basis for the construction of an extensive scattering database of the melting particles. Such a database will be invaluable to the characterization of uncertainty for precipitation retrievals.

  5. Ion fractionation and percolation in ice cores with seasonal melting John C. Moore*, Aslak Grinsted **

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    Moore, John

    and with the type of data that was expected to come from ice caps with seasonal melt. The objective of this paperIon fractionation and percolation in ice cores with seasonal melting John C. Moore*, Aslak Grinsted that suffer limited seasonal melting. We show that the impact in the case of at least one Svalbard ice core

  6. Surface melt area variability of the Greenland ice sheet: 19792008 Indrajit Bhattacharya,1

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    Born, Andreas

    Surface melt area variability of the Greenland ice sheet: 1979­2008 Indrajit Bhattacharya,1 Kenneth­2008) of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) shows large spatio-temporal variability. The overall melt-area time), Surface melt area variability of the Greenland ice sheet: 1979­2008, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L20502, doi

  7. How ice shelf morphology controls basal melting Christopher M. Little,1

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    Oppenheimer, Michael

    How ice shelf morphology controls basal melting Christopher M. Little,1 Anand Gnanadesikan,2 5 December 2009. [1] The response of ice shelf basal melting to climate is a function of ocean to the ice. In this paper, the slope-driven dynamic control of local and area-integrated melting rates

  8. Antarctic ice-sheet melting provides negative feedbacks on future climate warming

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    Huybrechts, Philippe

    Antarctic ice-sheet melting provides negative feedbacks on future climate warming D. Swingedouw,1 T to millennial time scales Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) can melt and moderate warming in the Southern Hemisphere. Fichefet, P. Huybrechts, H. Goosse, E. Driesschaert, and M.-F. Loutre (2008), Antarctic ice-sheet melting

  9. A continuum model of melt pond evolution on Arctic sea ice Daniela Flocco1

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    Feltham, Daniel

    A continuum model of melt pond evolution on Arctic sea ice Daniela Flocco1 and Daniel L. Feltham1 the Northern Hemisphere summer, absorbed solar radiation melts snow and the upper surface of Arctic sea ice to generate meltwater that accumulates in ponds. The melt ponds reduce the albedo of the sea ice cover during

  10. Mechanisms of summertime upper Arctic Ocean warming and the effect on sea ice melt

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    Zhang, Jinlun

    Mechanisms of summertime upper Arctic Ocean warming and the effect on sea ice melt Michael Steele,1 summertime upper ocean warming and sea ice melt during the 21st century in the Arctic Ocean. Our first), Mechanisms of summertime upper Arctic Ocean warming and the effect on sea ice melt, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C

  11. A meteorological experiment in the melting zone of the Greenland ice sheet

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    Oerlemans, J. ); Vugts, H.F. )

    1993-03-01

    Preliminary results are described from a glaciometeorological experiment carried out in the margin (melting zone) of the Greenland ice sheet in the summers of 1990 and 1991. This work was initiated within the framework of a Dutch research program on land ice and sea level change. Seven meteostations were operated along a transect running from the tundra well onto the ice sheet. At the ice edge, humidity, temperature, and wind profiles were obtained with a tethered balloon. On the ice sheet, 90 km from the edge, a boundary-layer research unit, including a sound detecting and ranging system (SODAR) and a radio acoustic sounding system (RASS), was established. Although focusing on the relation between surface energy balance, glacier mass balance, and ice flow, the experiment has also delivered a unique dataset on the dynamics of the atmospheric boundary layer around the warm tundra-cold ice sheet transition. Unexpected behavior was found for the surface albedo during the melt season. Lowest values are not found close to the ice edge, which is usual for glaciers, but higher on the ice sheet. Meltwater accumulation due to inefficient surface drainage was found to be the cause for this. The wind regime is dominated by katabatic flow from the ice sheet. The katabatic layer is typically 100-200 m thick. Close to the ice edge, the flow exhibits a very regular daily rhythm, with maximum wind speed in the afternoon. Farther on the ice sheet, the regime changes, and wind speed reaches maximum values in late night/early morning.

  12. Eddy-resolving simulations of the Fimbul Ice Shelf cavity circulation: Basal melting and exchange with open ocean

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    Hattermann, T.; Smedsrud, L. H.; Nøst, O. A.; Lilly, J. M.; Galton-Fenzi, B. K.

    2014-10-01

    Melting at the base of floating ice shelves is a dominant term in the overall Antarctic mass budget. This study applies a high-resolution regional ice shelf/ocean model, constrained by observations, to (i) quantify present basal mass loss at the Fimbul Ice Shelf (FIS); and (ii) investigate the oceanic mechanisms that govern the heat supply to ice shelves in the Eastern Weddell Sea. The simulations confirm the low melt rates suggested by observations and show that melting is primarily determined by the depth of the coastal thermocline, regulating deep ocean heat fluxes towards the ice. Furthermore, the uneven distribution of ice shelf area at different depths modulates the melting response to oceanic forcing, causing the existence of two distinct states of melting at the FIS. In the simulated present-day state, only small amounts of Modified Warm Deep Water enter the continental shelf, and ocean temperatures beneath the ice are close to the surface freezing point. The basal mass loss in this so-called state of “shallow melting” is mainly controlled by the seasonal inflow of solar-heated surface water affecting large areas of shallow ice in the upper part of the cavity. This is in contrast to a state of “deep melting”, in which the thermocline rises above the shelf break depth, establishing a continuous inflow of Warm Deep Water towards the deep ice. The transition between the two states is found to be determined by a complex response of the Antarctic Slope Front overturning circulation to varying climate forcings. A proper representation of these frontal dynamics in climate models will therefore be crucial when assessing the evolution of ice shelf basal melting along this sector of Antarctica.

  13. Sea ice melting in the marginal ice zone.

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    Josberger, E.G.

    1983-01-01

    The heat and salt flux boundary conditions together with the freezing curve relationship are a necessary component of any ice- sea water thermodynamic model. A neutral two-layer oceanic planetary boundary layer model that incorporates these boundary conditions is used. The results are discussed. -from Author

  14. Continental heat anomalies and the extreme melting of the Greenland ice surface in 2012 and 1889

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    Neff, William; Compo, Gilbert P.; Martin Ralph, F.; Shupe, Matthew D.

    2014-06-01

    Recent decades have seen increased melting of the Greenland ice sheet. On 11 July 2012, nearly the entire surface of the ice sheet melted; such rare events last occurred in 1889 and, prior to that, during the Medieval Climate Anomaly. Studies of the 2012 event associated the presence of a thin, warm elevated liquid cloud layer with surface temperatures rising above the melting point at Summit Station, some 3212 m above sea level. Here we explore other potential factors in July 2012 associated with this unusual melting. These include (1) warm air originating from a record North American heat wave, (2) transitions in the Arctic Oscillation, (3) transport of water vapor via an Atmospheric River over the Atlantic to Greenland, and (4) the presence of warm ocean waters south of Greenland. For the 1889 episode, the Twentieth Century Reanalysis and historical records showed similar factors at work. However, markers of biomass burning were evident in ice cores from 1889 which may reflect another possible factor in these rare events. We suggest that extreme Greenland summer melt episodes, such as those recorded recently and in the late Holocene, could have involved a similar combination of slow climate processes, including prolonged North American droughts/heat waves and North Atlantic warm oceanic temperature anomalies, together with fast processes, such as excursions of the Arctic Oscillation, and transport of warm, humid air in Atmospheric Rivers to Greenland. It is the fast processes that underlie the rarity of such events and influence their predictability.

  15. Melting of floating ice and sea level rise Adrian Jenkins1

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    Holland, David

    Melting of floating ice and sea level rise Adrian Jenkins1 and David Holland2 Received 24 May 2007 ice (in the form of ice shelves, icebergs and sea ice) may have a non-zero impact on sea level effects can be quantified and put bounds on the potential sea level rise associated with melting

  16. Melting and Freezing of Ice in Relation to Iron Oxidation of Meteorites

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    Hruba, J.; Kletetschka, G.

    2015-07-01

    Meteorites discovered in the Antarctic ice sheet are better preserved than specimens elsewhere as the ice protects them. But ice or snow adhering to their surfaces may melt or sublimate directly on them, which may cause their oxidation.

  17. Separation of melting and environmental signals in an ice core with seasonal melt

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    Moore, John

    for these periods all differ significantly, reflecting complex changes in environmental conditions. Thus the core N, 17° 250 3000 E, 1255 m a.s.l.). Total ice depth from radar sounding was 123 m, and the site et al., 2002]. Extensive shallow coring and snow pits indicate that any summer melt water is refrozen

  18. Sea ice melting increase in the eastern Barents Sea during the last ca. 500 years

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    Rueda, G.; Rosell-Melé, A.; Massé, G.; Polyak, L.

    2012-04-01

    Climate conditions in the Arctic have changed considerably in the last decades. Sea ice cover is declining, temperatures are rising and the latest projections point to an ice free Arctic ocean at around 2040. To understand better climatic processes on such a sensitive and climatically significant region on the globe it is necessary to gain knowledge on the drivers of climate over time. Here we show a reconstruction of past sea ice and sea surface temperature (SST) variations in the eastern Barents Sea from sediment core PL96-126 (73° 37.5' N, 50° 43.0' E; 270m water depth) that spans the last ca. 4.400 years (Voronina et al. 2001). To achieve this goal, we used a recently developed biomarker based on highly branched isoprenoid lipid (IP25) synthesized by sea ice diatoms (Belt et al. 2007) to infer variations in past sea ice cover, together with the concentration of alkenones - algae synthesized lipids - from which we also estimated past SST (UK37' index) and fresh water mass variation (%C37:4). At lower resolution, we also analyzed the distributions of terrigenous lipids to obtain information on the origin of the organic matter, and finally the glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) which give an estimate of past sea surface temperature (TEX86) and air temperature (MBT/CBT indices). Three climatically distinct periods can be distinguished in the sediment record under study. A period from ca. 4.4 to 2.5 Kyr BP, had a generally stable sea ice cover and relatively short ice melting season, as inferred from the low IP25 and algal lipids concentrations, together with cold and freshened surface water. From ca. 2.5 to 1 Kyr BP there was a transition period with rather unstable conditions characterized by fluctuations in the biomarker indices. From ca. 1 Kyr BP until present, our data indicate a gradual increase in ice melting that accelerated during the last ca. 0.5 Kyr BP. This is in agreement with a previous reconstruction (Vare et al. 2010) suggesting a reduced sea ice cover for the last centuries. In contrast, a reconstruction for the last 7 Kyr BP from the central Canadian Arctic Archipelago (Belt et al. 2010) interpreted an increase in IP25 flux for the last 0.8 Kyr as higher sea ice occurrence. Here we interpret our IP25 data as suggested by Müller et al. (2011). The recent increase in IP25 represents an acceleration in ice melting during the last 500 years in the Barents Sea.

  19. High geothermal heat flow, Basal melt, and the origin of rapid ice flow in central Greenland.

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    Fahnestock, M; Abdalati, W; Joughin, I; Brozena, J; Gogineni, P

    2001-12-14

    Age-depth relations from internal layering reveal a large region of rapid basal melting in Greenland. Melt is localized at the onset of rapid ice flow in the large ice stream that drains north off the summit dome and other areas in the northeast quadrant of the ice sheet. Locally, high melt rates indicate geothermal fluxes 15 to 30 times continental background. The southern limit of melt coincides with magnetic anomalies and topography that suggest a volcanic origin. PMID:11743197

  20. Shifts in ice sheet temperatures

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    Colbeck, S.C. )

    1993-03-20

    The entire temperature gradient in an ice sheet can be shifted by processes that occur just below the surface. Energy absorbed close to the surface flows back to the surface which steepens the average temperature gradient near the surface and shifts the entire temperature profile to higher values. For a constant density this shift equals [cflx A]/[alpha][sup 2]k, where [cflx A] is the average annual strength of the energy source, [alpha] is its exponential decay rate with depth, and k is the thermal conductivity. Various sources are considered as are density profiles and transients. While some sources can increase the 10-m temperature in ice sheets, air currents flowing through snow can either heat or cool the snow at depth and can dominate all other processes. The relative contributions of the different mechanisms must be evaluated for any particular site. 23 refs., 5 figs.

  1. Calving fluxes and basal melt rates of Antarctic ice shelves.

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    Depoorter, M A; Bamber, J L; Griggs, J A; Lenaerts, J T M; Ligtenberg, S R M; van den Broeke, M R; Moholdt, G

    2013-10-01

    Iceberg calving has been assumed to be the dominant cause of mass loss for the Antarctic ice sheet, with previous estimates of the calving flux exceeding 2,000?gigatonnes per year. More recently, the importance of melting by the ocean has been demonstrated close to the grounding line and near the calving front. So far, however, no study has reliably quantified the calving flux and the basal mass balance (the balance between accretion and ablation at the ice-shelf base) for the whole of Antarctica. The distribution of fresh water in the Southern Ocean and its partitioning between the liquid and solid phases is therefore poorly constrained. Here we estimate the mass balance components for all ice shelves in Antarctica, using satellite measurements of calving flux and grounding-line flux, modelled ice-shelf snow accumulation rates and a regional scaling that accounts for unsurveyed areas. We obtain a total calving flux of 1,321?±?144?gigatonnes per year and a total basal mass balance of -1,454?±?174?gigatonnes per year. This means that about half of the ice-sheet surface mass gain is lost through oceanic erosion before reaching the ice front, and the calving flux is about 34 per cent less than previous estimates derived from iceberg tracking. In addition, the fraction of mass loss due to basal processes varies from about 10 to 90 per cent between ice shelves. We find a significant positive correlation between basal mass loss and surface elevation change for ice shelves experiencing surface lowering and enhanced discharge. We suggest that basal mass loss is a valuable metric for predicting future ice-shelf vulnerability to oceanic forcing. PMID:24037377

  2. Organochlorine compounds in ice melt water from Italian Alpine rivers.

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    Villa, Sara; Negrelli, Christian; Finizio, Antonio; Flora, Onelio; Vighi, Marco

    2006-01-01

    Organochlorine chemicals (OCs) (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethanes, hexachlorocyclohexanes, and hexachlorobenzene) were measured in ice melt water from five glaciers in the Italian Alps. Even though the data collected may not be sufficient for a precise description of persistent organic pollutant release patterns from glacier melting, they have, however, highlighted the potential for surface water contamination. Concentrations were of the same order of magnitude in all glacial streams, indicating comparable contamination levels in different glaciers of the alpine region. OC levels in nonglacial springs sampled in the same areas are usually lower. Even if differences during the melting season (from spring to autumn) have been identified, a regular seasonal pattern in OC concentrations was not observed. Risk for the aquatic environment is excluded through direct water exposure, but it is likely to occur through biomagnification and secondary poisoning exposure. PMID:16054693

  3. Radar measurements of melt zones on the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Jezek, Kenneth C.; Gogineni, Prasad; Shanableh, M.

    1994-01-01

    Surface-based microwave radar measurements were performed at a location on the western flank of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Here, firn metamorphasis is dominated by seasonal melt, which leads to marked contrasts in the vertical structure of winter and summer firn. This snow regime is also one of the brightest radar targets on Earth with an average backscatter coefficient of 0 dB at 5.3 GHz and an incidence angle of 25 deg. By combining detailed observations of firn physical properties with ranging radar measurements we find that the glaciological mechanism associated with this strong electromagnetic response is summer ice lens formation within the previous winter's snow pack. This observation has important implications for monitoring and understanding changes in ice sheet volume using spaceborne microwave sensors.

  4. Passive microwave-derived snow melt regions on the Greenland ice sheet

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    Abdalati, Waleed; Steffen, Konrad

    1995-01-01

    By comparing data from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I) to field data, a melt threshold of the cross-polarized gradient ratio (XPGR), which is a normalized difference between the 19 GHz horizontally-polarized and 37 GHz vertically polarized brightness temperatures, is determined. This threshold, XPGR = -0.025, is used to classify dry and wet snow. The annual areal extent of melt is mapped for the years 1988 through 1991, and inter-annual variations of melt extent are examined. The results show that the melt extent varied from a low of 38.3% of the ice sheet (1990) to a high of 41.7% (1991) during the years 1988-1991.

  5. Bacterial communities of surface mixed layer in the Pacific sector of the western Arctic Ocean during sea-ice melting.

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    Han, Dukki; Kang, Ilnam; Ha, Ho Kyung; Kim, Hyun Cheol; Kim, Ok-Sun; Lee, Bang Yong; Cho, Jang-Cheon; Hur, Hor-Gil; Lee, Yoo Kyung

    2014-01-01

    From July to August 2010, the IBRV ARAON journeyed to the Pacific sector of the Arctic Ocean to monitor bacterial variation in Arctic summer surface-waters, and temperature, salinity, fluorescence, and nutrient concentrations were determined during the ice-melting season. Among the measured physicochemical parameters, we observed a strong negative correlation between temperature and salinity, and consequently hypothesized that the melting ice decreased water salinity. The bacterial community compositions of 15 samples, includicng seawater, sea-ice, and melting pond water, were determined using a pyrosequencing approach and were categorized into three habitats: (1) surface seawater, (2) ice core, and (3) melting pond. Analysis of these samples indicated the presence of local bacterial communities; a deduction that was further corroborated by the discovery of seawater- and ice-specific bacterial phylotypes. In all samples, the Alphaproteobacteria, Flavobacteria, and Gammaproteobacteria taxa composed the majority of the bacterial communities. Among these, Alphaproteobacteria was the most abundant and present in all samples, and its variation differed among the habitats studied. Linear regression analysis suggested that changes in salinity could affect the relative proportion of Alphaproteobacteria in the surface water. In addition, the species-sorting model was applied to evaluate the population dynamics and environmental heterogeneity in the bacterial communities of surface mixed layer in the Arctic Ocean during sea-ice melting. PMID:24497990

  6. Bacterial Communities of Surface Mixed Layer in the Pacific Sector of the Western Arctic Ocean during Sea-Ice Melting

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    Ha, Ho Kyung; Kim, Hyun Cheol; Kim, Ok-Sun; Lee, Bang Yong; Cho, Jang-Cheon; Hur, Hor-Gil; Lee, Yoo Kyung

    2014-01-01

    From July to August 2010, the IBRV ARAON journeyed to the Pacific sector of the Arctic Ocean to monitor bacterial variation in Arctic summer surface-waters, and temperature, salinity, fluorescence, and nutrient concentrations were determined during the ice-melting season. Among the measured physicochemical parameters, we observed a strong negative correlation between temperature and salinity, and consequently hypothesized that the melting ice decreased water salinity. The bacterial community compositions of 15 samples, includicng seawater, sea-ice, and melting pond water, were determined using a pyrosequencing approach and were categorized into three habitats: (1) surface seawater, (2) ice core, and (3) melting pond. Analysis of these samples indicated the presence of local bacterial communities; a deduction that was further corroborated by the discovery of seawater- and ice-specific bacterial phylotypes. In all samples, the Alphaproteobacteria, Flavobacteria, and Gammaproteobacteria taxa composed the majority of the bacterial communities. Among these, Alphaproteobacteria was the most abundant and present in all samples, and its variation differed among the habitats studied. Linear regression analysis suggested that changes in salinity could affect the relative proportion of Alphaproteobacteria in the surface water. In addition, the species-sorting model was applied to evaluate the population dynamics and environmental heterogeneity in the bacterial communities of surface mixed layer in the Arctic Ocean during sea-ice melting. PMID:24497990

  7. Surface melt-induced acceleration of Greenland ice-sheet flow.

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    Zwally, H Jay; Abdalati, Waleed; Herring, Tom; Larson, Kristine; Saba, Jack; Steffen, Konrad

    2002-07-12

    Ice flow at a location in the equilibrium zone of the west-central Greenland Ice Sheet accelerates above the midwinter average rate during periods of summer melting. The near coincidence of the ice acceleration with the duration of surface melting, followed by deceleration after the melting ceases, indicates that glacial sliding is enhanced by rapid migration of surface meltwater to the ice-bedrock interface. Interannual variations in the ice acceleration are correlated with variations in the intensity of the surface melting, with larger increases accompanying higher amounts of summer melting. The indicated coupling between surface melting and ice-sheet flow provides a mechanism for rapid, large-scale, dynamic responses of ice sheets to climate warming. PMID:12052902

  8. Field-calibrated model of melt, refreezing, and runoff for polar ice caps: Application to Devon Ice Cap

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    Morris, Richard M.; Mair, Douglas W. F.; Nienow, Peter W.; Bell, Christina; Burgess, David O.; Wright, Andrew P.

    2014-09-01

    Understanding the controls on the amount of surface meltwater that refreezes, rather than becoming runoff, over polar ice masses is necessary for modeling their surface mass balance and ultimately for predicting their future contributions to global sea level change. We present a modified version of a physically based model that includes an energy balance routine and explicit calculation of near-surface meltwater refreezing capacity, to simulate the evolution of near-surface density and temperature profiles across Devon Ice Cap in Arctic Canada. Uniquely, our model is initiated and calibrated using high spatial resolution measurements of snow and firn densities across almost the entire elevation range of the ice cap for the summer of 2004 and subsequently validated with the same type of measurements obtained during the very different meteorological conditions of summer 2006. The model captures the spatial variability across the transect in bulk snowpack properties although it slightly underestimates the flow of meltwater into the firn of previous years. The percentage of meltwater that becomes runoff is similar in both years; however, the spatial pattern of this melt-runoff relationship is different in the 2 years. The model is found to be insensitive to variation in the depth of impermeable layers within the firn but is very sensitive to variation in air temperature, since the refreezing capacity of firn decreases with increasing temperature. We highlight that the sensitivity of the ice cap's surface mass balance to air temperature is itself dependent on air temperature.

  9. Influence of tides on melting and freezing beneath FilchnerRonne Ice Shelf, Antarctica

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    Holland, David

    Influence of tides on melting and freezing beneath FilchnerRonne Ice Shelf, Antarctica Keith doubles. With tidal forcing, the spatial pattern and magnitude of basal melting and freezing generally), Influence of tides on melting and freezing beneath FilchnerRonne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, Geophys. Res. Lett

  10. Ice Melting by Radiantly Heated Dust Grains on the Martian Northern Pole

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    Losiak, A.; Czechowski, L.; Velbel, M. A.

    2014-09-01

    We present results of the numerical modeling of melting of ice within the martian northern ice cap as a result of radiant heating of a single dust grain exposed within the south-facing side of the spiral trench. Ice can be melted.

  11. Modeling of snow and ice melt at ETH Camp (West Greenland): A study of surface albedo

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    Gallée, Hubert

    Modeling of snow and ice melt at ETH Camp (West Greenland): A study of surface albedo Filip Lefebre is to present the validation over Greenland of a thermodynamic snow-ice model that was complemented melt. The development of an integrated (snow, ice, and water) albedo model takes into account

  12. Heat-transfer analysis of the basal melting of Antarctic ice shelves

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    Minale, M.; Astarita, G.

    1993-12-01

    Basal melting of Antarctic ice shelves is an important element in the overall balance of Antarctic ice. A heat-transfer model for the basal melting of the Drygalski Ice Tongue is presented. The model does not contain any adjustable parameter. The calculated basal melting rate agrees very well with the value estimated from an overall ice balance on the ice tongue. It is concluded that relatively simple concepts of transport phenomena may be used to model some important features of the dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet.

  13. Recent Changes in Arctic Sea Ice Melt Onset, Freeze-Up, and Melt Season Length

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    Markus, Thorsten; Stroeve, Julienne C.; Miller, Jeffrey

    2010-01-01

    In order to explore changes and trends in the timing of Arctic sea ice melt onset and freeze-up and therefore melt season length, we developed a method that obtains this information directly from satellite passive microwave data, creating a consistent data set from 1979 through present. We furthermore distinguish between early melt (the first day of the year when melt is detected) and the first day of continuous melt. A similar distinction is made for the freeze-up. Using this method we analyze trends in melt onset and freeze-up for 10 different Arctic regions. In all regions except for the Sea of Okhotsk, which shows a very slight and statistically insignificant positive trend (O.4 days/decade), trends in melt onset are negative, i.e. towards earlier melt. The trends range from -1.0day/decade for the Bering Sea to -7.3 days/decade for the East Greenland Sea. Except for the Sea of Okhotsk all areas also show a trend towards later autumn freeze onset. The Chukchi/Beaufort Seas and Laptev/East Siberian Seas observe the strongest trends with 7 days/decade. For the entire Arctic, the melt season length has increased by about 20 days over the last 30 years. Largest trends of over 1O days/decade are seen for Hudson Bay, the East Greenland Sea the Laptev/East Siberian Seas, and the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas. Those trends are statistically significant a1 the 99% level.

  14. Ross ice shelf cavity circulation, residence time, and melting: Results from a model of oceanic chlorofluorocarbons

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    Reddy, Tasha E.; Holland, David M.; Arrigo, Kevin R.

    2010-04-01

    Despite their harmful effects in the upper atmosphere, anthropogenic chlorofluorocarbons dissolved in seawater are extremely useful for studying ocean circulation and ventilation, particularly in remote locations. Because they behave as a passive tracer in seawater, and their atmospheric concentrations are well-mixed, well-known, and have changed over time, they are ideal for gaining insight into the oceanographic characteristics of the isolated cavities found under Antarctic ice shelves, where direct observations are difficult to obtain. Here we present results from a modeling study of air-sea chlorofluorocarbon exchange and ocean circulation in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. We compare our model estimates of oceanic CFC-12 concentrations along an ice shelf edge transect to field data collected during three cruises spanning 16 yr. Our model produces chlorofluorocarbon concentrations that are quite similar to those measured in the field, both in magnitude and distribution, showing high values near the surface, decreasing with depth, and increasing over time. After validating modeled circulation and air-sea gas exchange through comparison of modeled temperature, salinity, and chlorofluorocarbons with field data, we estimate that the residence time of water in the Ross Ice Shelf cavity is approximately 2.2 yr and that basal melt rates for the ice shelf average 10 cm yr -1. The model predicts a seasonal signature to basal melting, with highest melt rates in the spring and also the fall.

  15. The ice-vapor interface and the melting point of ice I(h) for the polarizable POL3 water model.

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    Muchová, Eva; Gladich, Ivan; Picaud, Sylvain; Hoang, Paul N M; Roeselová, Martina

    2011-06-16

    We use molecular dynamics simulations to determine the melting point of ice I(h) for the polarizable POL3 water force field (Dang, L. X. J. Chem. Phys.1992, 97, 2659). Simulations are performed on a slab of ice I(h) with two free surfaces at several different temperatures. The analysis of the time evolution of the total energy in the course of the simulations at the set of temperatures yields the melting point of the POL3 model to be T(m) = 180 ± 10 K. Moreover, the results of the simulations show that the degree of hydrogen-bond disorder occurring in the bulk of POL3 ice is larger (at the corresponding degree of undercooling) than in ice modeled by nonpolarizable water models. These results demonstrate that the POL3 water force field is rather a poor model for studying ice and ice-liquid or ice-vapor interfaces. While a number of polarizable water models have been developed over the past years, little is known about their performance in simulations of supercooled water and ice. This study thus highlights the need for testing of the existing polarizable water models over a broad range of temperatures, pressures, and phases, and developing a new polarizable water force field, reliable over larger areas of the phase diagram. PMID:21452834

  16. Large-Scale Oceanographic Constraints on the Distribution of Melting and Freezing under Ice Shelves

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    Gnanadesikan, Anand

    Large-Scale Oceanographic Constraints on the Distribution of Melting and Freezing under Ice Shelves experience asymmetric melting and freezing. Topography may constrain oceanic circulation (and thus basal melt­freeze patterns) through its influence on the potential vorticity (PV) field. However, melting and freezing induce

  17. Combining Modis and Quikscat Data to Delineate Surface and Near-Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Nghiem, Son V.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.; Neumann, Gregory

    2010-01-01

    Over the last two decades, increasing melt has been measured on the Greenland Ice Sheet, along with mass loss as determined from satellite data, Monitoring the state of the Greenland Ice Sheet becomes critical especially because it is actively losing mass, and the ice sheet has a sea-level rise potential of 7 in. However measurement of the extent of surface melt varies depending on the sensor used, whether it is passive or active microwave or visible or thermal infrared. We have used remote-sensing data products to study surface and near-surface melt characteristics of the Greenland Ice Sheet. We present a blended MODIS-QS melt daily product for 2007 [1]. The products, including Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) daily land-surface temperature (LST) and a special daily melt product derived from the QuikSCAT (QS) scatterometer [2,3] show consistency in delineating the melt boundaries on a daily basis in the 2007 melt season [I], though some differences are identified. An assessment of maximum melt area for the 2007 melt shows that the QSCAT product detects a greater amount of melt (862,769 square kilometers) than is detected by the MODIS LST product (766,184 square kilometers). The discrepancy is largely because the QS product can detect both surface and near-surface melt and the QS product captures melt if it occurred anytime during the day while the MODIS product is obtained from a point in time on a given day. However on a daily bases, other factors influence the measurement of melt extent. In this work we employ the digital-elevation model of Bamber et al. [4] along with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) data to study some areas and time periods in detail during the 2007 melt season. We focus on times in which the QS and MODIS LST products do not agree exactly. We use NCEP and elevation data to analyze the atmospheric factors forcing the melt process, to gain an improved understanding of the conditions that lead to melt and melt persistence, and our ability to capture surface melt accurately using MODIS and QS data.

  18. Processes controlling surface, bottom and lateral melt of Arctic sea ice in a state of the art sea ice model.

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    Tsamados, Michel; Feltham, Daniel; Petty, Alek; Schroeder, David; Flocco, Daniela

    2015-10-13

    We present a modelling study of processes controlling the summer melt of the Arctic sea ice cover. We perform a sensitivity study and focus our interest on the thermodynamics at the ice-atmosphere and ice-ocean interfaces. We use the Los Alamos community sea ice model CICE, and additionally implement and test three new parametrization schemes: (i) a prognostic mixed layer; (ii) a three equation boundary condition for the salt and heat flux at the ice-ocean interface; and (iii) a new lateral melt parametrization. Recent additions to the CICE model are also tested, including explicit melt ponds, a form drag parametrization and a halodynamic brine drainage scheme. The various sea ice parametrizations tested in this sensitivity study introduce a wide spread in the simulated sea ice characteristics. For each simulation, the total melt is decomposed into its surface, bottom and lateral melt components to assess the processes driving melt and how this varies regionally and temporally. Because this study quantifies the relative importance of several processes in driving the summer melt of sea ice, this work can serve as a guide for future research priorities. PMID:26347538

  19. Melting and refreezing beneath Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf (East Antarctica) inferred from radar, GPS, and ice core data

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    Pattyn, F.; Matsuoka, K.; Callens, D.; Conway, H.; Depoorter, M.; Docquier, D.; Hubbard, B.; Samyn, D.; Tison, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    Ice-penetrating radar profiles across the grounding line of a small ice-rise promontory located within the Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf in the Dronning Maud Land sector of East Antarctica show downward dipping englacial radar-detected reflectors. Model results indicate that this reflector pattern is best fit by including basal melting of at least 15 cm a-1. This rate of melting is low compared with rates observed on larger ice shelves in both West and East Antarctica. Ice cores extracted from a rift system close to the ice-rise promontory show several meters of marine ice accreted beneath the shelf. These observations of low rates of basal melting, and limited distribution of accreted marine ice suggest that either Antarctic surface water may reach the ice shelf base or that circulation beneath the shelf is likely dominated by the production of high salinity shelf water rather than the incursion of circumpolar deep water, implying a weak sub-shelf circulation system here. Many of the ice shelves located along the coast of Dronning Maud Land are, like Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf, characterized by frequent ice rises and promontories. Therefore, it is highly likely that these are also of shallow bathymetry and are subject to similarly weak side-shelf basal melting and refreezing.

  20. Real-time Non-contact Millimeter Wave Characterization of Water-Freezing and Ice-Melting Dynamics

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    Sundaram, S. K.; Woskov, Paul P.

    2008-11-12

    We applied millimeter wave radiometry for the first time to monitor water-freezing and ice-melting dynamics in real-time non-contact. The measurements were completed at a frequency of 137 GHz. Small amounts (about 2 mL) of freshwater or saltwater were frozen over a Peltier cooler and the freezing and melting sequence was recorded. Saltwater was prepared in the laboratory that contained 3.5% of table salt to simulate the ocean water. The dynamics of freezing-melting was observed by measuring the millimeter wave temperature as well as the changes in the ice or water surface reflectivity and position. This was repeated using large amounts of freshwater and saltwater (800 mL) mimicking glaciers. Millimeter wave surface level fluctuations indicated as the top surface melted, the light ice below floated up indicating lower surface temperature until the ice completely melted. Our results are useful for remote sensing and tracking temperature for potentially large-scale environmental applications, e.g., global warming.

  1. Evaluation of Surface and Near-Surface Melt Characteristics on the Greenland Ice Sheet using MODIS and QuikSCAT Data

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Nghiem, Son V.; Schaaf, Crystal B.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.

    2009-01-01

    The Greenland Ice Sheet has been the focus of much attention recently because of increasing melt in response to regional climate warming. To improve our ability to measure surface melt, we use remote-sensing data products to study surface and near-surface melt characteristics of the Greenland Ice Sheet for the 2007 melt season when record melt extent and runoff occurred. Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) daily land-surface temperature (LST), MODIS daily snow albedo, and a special diurnal melt product derived from QuikSCAT (QS) scatterometer data, are all effective in measuring the evolution of melt on the ice sheet. These daily products, produced from different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, are sensitive to different geophysical features, though QS- and MODIS-derived melt generally show excellent correspondence when surface melt is present on the ice sheet. Values derived from the daily MODIS snow albedo product drop in response to melt, and change with apparent grain-size changes. For the 2007 melt season, the QS and MODIS LST products detect 862,769 square kilometers and 766,184 square kilometers of melt, respectively. The QS product detects about 11% greater melt extent than is detected by the MODIS LST product probably because QS is more sensitive to surface melt, and can detect subsurface melt. The consistency of the response of the different products demonstrates unequivocally that physically-meaningful melt/freeze boundaries can be detected. We have demonstrated that these products, used together, can improve the precision in mapping surface and near-surface melt extent on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  2. The melting sea ice of Arctic polar cap in the summer solstice month and the role of ocean

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    Lee, S.; Yi, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The Arctic sea ice is becoming smaller and thinner than climatological standard normal and more fragmented in the early summer. We investigated the widely changing Arctic sea ice using the daily sea ice concentration data. Sea ice data is generated from brightness temperature data derived from the sensors: Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)-F13 Special Sensor Microwave/Imagers (SSM/Is), the DMSP-F17 Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) and the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua satellite. We tried to figure out appearance of arctic sea ice melting region of polar cap from the data of passive microwave sensors. It is hard to explain polar sea ice melting only by atmosphere effects like surface air temperature or wind. Thus, our hypothesis explaining this phenomenon is that the heat from deep undersea in Arctic Ocean ridges and the hydrothermal vents might be contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice.

  3. Simulation of the melt season using a resolved sea ice model with snow cover and melt ponds

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    Skyllingstad, Eric D.; Shell, Karen M.; Collins, Lee; Polashenski, Chris

    2015-07-01

    A three-dimensional sea ice model is presented with resolved snow thickness variations and melt ponds. The model calculates heating from solar radiative transfer and simulates the formation and movement of brine/melt water through the ice system. Initialization for the model is based on observations of snow topography made during the summer melt seasons of 2009, 2010, and 2012 from a location off the coast of Barrow, AK. Experiments are conducted to examine the importance of snow properties and snow and ice thickness by comparing observed and modeled pond fraction and albedo. One key process simulated by the model is the formation of frozen layers in the ice as relatively warm fresh water grid cells freeze when cooled by adjacent, cold brine-filled grid cells. These layers prevent vertical drainage and lead to flooding of melt water commonly observed at the beginning of the melt season. Flooding persists until enough heat is absorbed to melt through the frozen layer. The resulting long-term melt pond coverage is sensitive to both the spatial variability of snow cover and the minimum snow depth. For thin snow cover, initial melting results in earlier, reduced flooding with a small change in pond fraction after drainage of the melt water. Deeper snow tends to generate a delayed, larger peak pond fraction before drainage.

  4. Modelling Feedbacks between Ocean Stratification, Atmospheric Forcing, Sea-Ice Growth, and Glacier Terminus Melting in Fjords

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    Wells, A.

    2013-12-01

    In many locations, ice sheets discharge into the ocean via marine-terminating glaciers. This provides a coupling where the ice-sheet mass balance can respond to changing ocean forcing, which is of interest for predictions of sea level rise. Models and observations suggest that the melting of a marine glacier terminus depends critically on the ocean temperature and salinity stratification. However, there is uncertainty about which processes provide the dominant control on the ocean conditions in fjords. I develop a simplified conceptual model of a fjord circulation coupled to a melting glacier terminus. This provides a tool to assess the impact of a range of processes on glacial melting, including the inflow of ocean waters at the fjord mouth, the estuarine circulation of glacial meltwater, vertical mixing driven by atmospheric forcing, and sea ice formation. The model describes the seasonal evolution of vertical profiles of temperature, salinity, and velocity in the fjord, using a horizontally-averaged finite volume method. The temperature and salinity stratification control the glacial melting rate via a meltwater plume rising along the glacier terminus, which in turn drives an estuarine-style circulation in the fjord interior. Further advective transport and vertical mixing are driven by atmospheric forcing, via winds and surface buoyancy fluxes. Finally, modelled sea ice growth enhances the buoyancy-driven mixing as a result of brine rejection from growing sea ice, but reduces the transmission of wind stresses through fast ice into the ocean. A scaling analysis reveals the relative significance of each of these processes for transport and mixing in the fjord over a range of forcing conditions. The model is applied to simulate the seasonal evolution of glacial melting for several case studies that are representative of Greenland fjords, and the inherent coupled feedback mechanisms are explored. If the ocean is weakly stratified at the fjord mouth, then vertical mixing plays a significant role in modulating both the fjord stratification, and the vertical distribution and magnitude of glacier terminus melting.

  5. Southern Ocean warming and increased ice shelf basal melting in the 21st and 22nd centuries based on coupled ice-ocean finite-element modelling

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    Timmermann, Ralph; Hellmer, Hartmut

    2013-04-01

    In the framework of the EU project Ice2sea we utilize a global finite element sea ice - ice shelf - ocean model (FESOM), focused on the Antarctic marginal seas, to assess projections of ice shelf basal melting in a warmer climate. Ice shelf - ocean interaction is described using a three-equation system with a diagnostic computation of temperature and salinity at the ice-ocean interface. A tetrahedral mesh with a minimum horizontal resolution of 4 minutes and hybrid vertical coordinates is used. Ice shelf draft, cavity geometry, and global ocean bathymetry have been derived from the RTopo-1 data set. The model is forced with the atmospheric output from two climate models: (1) the Hadley Centre Climate Model (HadCM3) and (2) Max Planck Institute's ECHAM5/MPI-OM coupled climate model. Data from their 20th-century simulations are used to evaluate the modeled present-day ocean state. Sea-ice coverage is largely realistic in both simulations. Modeled ice shelf basal melt rates compare well with observations in both cases, but are consistently smaller for ECHAM5/MPI-OM. Projections for future ice shelf basal melting are computed using atmospheric output for IPCC scenarios E1 and A1B. Trends in sea ice coverage depend on the scenario chosen but are largely consistent between the two forcing models. In contrast to this, variations of ocean heat content and ice shelf basal melting are only moderate in simulations forced with ECHAM5/MPI-OM data, while a substantial shift towards a warmer regime is found in experiments forced with HadCM3 output. A strong sensitivity to salinity distribution at the continental shelf break is found for the Weddell Sea, where in the HadCM3-A1B experiment warm water starts to pulse onto the southern continental shelf during the 21st century. As these pulses reach deep into the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf (FRIS) cavity, basal melting increases by a factor of three to six compared to the present value of about 100 Gt/yr. By the middle of the 22nd century, FRIS becomes the largest contributor to total ice shelf basal mass loss in this simulation.

  6. Near-total surface melt detected on the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Schultz, Colin

    2013-01-01

    On 12 July 2012, 98.6% of the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet melted, an event so expansive that a similar episode had not previously been seen in the satellite era. Ice core records indicate that the most recent melting event of this scale was 123 years ago. The one before that occurred another 7 centuries prior, during the Medieval Warm Period. Just 2 weeks following the near-total melt of the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet, after the surface ice had refrozen to seasonal levels, a second episode pushed the melt area back up to 79.2%. Compiling measurements from three different satellite systems and from in-the-field observations, Nghiem et al. describe the extent of the melt. The authors suggest that warm air ridges stagnating over Greenland, coincident with the melt episodes, may have underlain the extensive melting.

  7. Variability of ice sheet thickness and water temperature in Arctic major rivers

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    PARK, H.; Yoshikawa, Y.; Oshima, K.

    2014-12-01

    Increasing river discharge to the Arctic Ocean is a very significant change in the Arctic system. Increase in surface temperature in the Arctic over the past decades was exceptionally higher in the history of arctic observations. The increased temperature resulted in changes in ice freezing and melting and water temperature in Arctic rivers. However, there are significant knowledge gaps in our understanding of the river-ice dynamics and river water temperature. Therefore, we assessed changes in ice sheet thickness, the timing of ice freezing and melting, and water temperature in Arctic major rivers during the period 1979-2009, based on observations and a hydrological model. The model can estimate ice thickness and water temperature using air temperature, snow depth, and river discharge. The calculated ice thickness and water temperature were compared with observations, showing generally significant correlations. The observed and calculated maximum ice thickness indicated decreasing trends at the outlet and inner points of rivers. The timing of ice breakup was also advanced. These changes were mostly significant during the recent three decades when the increase in air temperature was significant. The model also estimated increasing water temperatures, which is consistent with the observations. The warming of water temperature suggests influences on heat budget in the Arctic Ocean. This study validated the applicability for river-ice calculation of the hydrological model, and the model simulation provided useful information relating to the changing river-ice environments in the Arctic rivers.

  8. Strong Isotope Effects on Melting Dynamics and Ice Crystallisation Processes in Cryo Vitrification Solutions

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    Kirichek, Oleg; Soper, Alan; Dzyuba, Boris; Callear, Sam; Fuller, Barry

    2015-01-01

    The nucleation and growth of crystalline ice during cooling, and further crystallization processes during re-warming are considered to be key processes determining the success of low temperature storage of biological objects, as used in medical, agricultural and nature conservation applications. To avoid these problems a method, termed vitrification, is being developed to inhibit ice formation by use of high concentration of cryoprotectants and ultra-rapid cooling, but this is only successful across a limited number of biological objects and in small volume applications. This study explores physical processes of ice crystal formation in a model cryoprotective solution used previously in trials on vitrification of complex biological systems, to improve our understanding of the process and identify limiting biophysical factors. Here we present results of neutron scattering experiments which show that even if ice crystal formation has been suppressed during quench cooling, the water molecules, mobilised during warming, can crystallise as detectable ice. The crystallisation happens right after melting of the glass phase formed during quench cooling, whilst the sample is still transiting deep cryogenic temperatures. We also observe strong water isotope effects on ice crystallisation processes in the cryoprotectant mixture. In the neutron scattering experiment with a fully protiated water component, we observe ready crystallisation occurring just after the glass melting transition. On the contrary with a fully deuteriated water component, the process of crystallisation is either completely or substantially supressed. This behaviour might be explained by nuclear quantum effects in water. The strong isotope effect, observed here, may play an important role in development of new cryopreservation strategies. PMID:25815751

  9. Processes and imagery of first-year fast sea ice during the melt season

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    Holt, B.; Digby, S. A.

    1985-01-01

    In June and July 1982, a field program was conducted in the Canadian Arctic on Prince Patrick Island to study sea ice during the melt season with in situ measurements and microwave instrumentation operated near the surface and from aircraft. The objective of the program was to measure physical characteristics together with microwave backscatter and emission coefficients of sea ice during this major period of transition. The present paper is concerned with a study of both surface measurements and imagery of first-year fast ice during the melt season. The melting process observed in first-year fast ice was found to begin with the gradual reduction of the snow cover. For a two- to three-day period in this melt stage, a layer of superimposed ice nodules formed at the snow/ice interface as meltwater froze around ice and snow grains.

  10. Temperature profile for glacial ice at the South Pole: Implications for life in a nearby subglacial lake

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    Woschnagg, Kurt

    by P. Buford Price, April 22, 2002 Airborne radar has detected 100 lakes under the Antarctic ice cap-induced melting temperature of freshwater ice. To produce the strong radar signal, the frozen lake must consistTemperature profile for glacial ice at the South Pole: Implications for life in a nearby subglacial

  11. Melt pond fraction and spectral sea ice albedo retrieval from MERIS data - Part 2: Case studies and trends of sea ice albedo and melt ponds in the Arctic for years 2002-2011

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    Istomina, L.; Heygster, G.; Huntemann, M.; Marks, H.; Melsheimer, C.; Zege, E.; Malinka, A.; Prikhach, A.; Katsev, I.

    2015-08-01

    The spatial and temporal dynamics of melt ponds and sea ice albedo contain information on the current state and the trend of the climate of the Arctic region. This publication presents a study on melt pond fraction (MPF) and sea ice albedo spatial and temporal dynamics obtained with the Melt Pond Detection (MPD) retrieval scheme for the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) satellite data. This study compares sea ice albedo and MPF to surface air temperature reanalysis data, compares MPF retrieved from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), and examines albedo and MPF trends. Weekly averages of MPF for 2007 and 2011 showed different MPF dynamics while summer sea ice minimum was similar for both years. The gridded MPF and albedo products compare well to independent reanalysis temperature data and show melt onset when the temperature gets above zero; however MPD shows an offset at low MPFs of about 10 % most probably due to unscreened high clouds. Weekly averaged trends show pronounced dynamics of both, MPF and albedo: a negative MPF trend in the East Siberian Sea and a positive MPF trend around the Queen Elizabeth Islands. The negative MPF trend appears due to a change of the absolute MPF value in its peak, whereas the positive MPF trend is created by the earlier melt onset, with the peak MPF values unchanged. The MPF dynamics in the East Siberian Sea could indicate a temporal change of ice type prevailing in the region, as opposed to the Queen Elizabeth Islands, where MPF dynamics react to an earlier seasonal onset of melt.

  12. The effect of basal friction on melting and freezing in ice shelf-ocean models

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    Gwyther, David E.; Galton-Fenzi, Benjamin K.; Dinniman, Michael S.; Roberts, Jason L.; Hunter, John R.

    2015-11-01

    The ocean is an important control on the mass budget of the Antarctic ice sheet, through basal melting and refreezing underneath the floating extensions of the ice sheet known as ice shelves. The effect of the ice surface roughness (basal roughness) on melting and refreezing is investigated with idealised ice shelf-ocean numerical simulations. Both "hot" ocean forcing (e.g. Pine Island Glacier; high basal melting) and "cold" ocean forcing (e.g. Amery Ice Shelf; low basal melting, stronger refreezing) environments are investigated. The interaction between the ocean and ice shelf is further explored by examining the contributions to melt from heat exchange across the ice-ocean interface and across the boundary layer-ocean interior, with a varying drag coefficient. Simulations show increasing drag strengthens melting. Refreezing increases with drag in the cold cavity environment, while in the hot cavity environment, refreezing is small in areal extent and decreases with drag. Furthermore, melting will likely be focussed where there are strong boundary layer currents, rather than at the deep grounding line. The magnitude of the thermal driving of the basal melt decreases with increasing drag, except for in cold cavity refreeze zones where it increases. The friction velocity, a function of the upper layer ocean velocity and the drag coefficient, monotonically increases with drag. We find friction-driven mixing into the boundary layer is important for representing the magnitude and distribution of refreezing and without this effect, refreezing is underestimated. Including a spatially- and temporally-varying basal roughness (that includes a more realistic, rougher refreezing drag coefficient) alters circulation patterns and heat and salt transport. This leads to increased refreezing, altered melt magnitude and distribution, and a pattern of altered vertical flow across the entire ice shelf. These results represent a summary of melting and freezing beneath ice shelves and strongly motivate the inclusion of appropriate vertical mixing schemes and basal roughness values that vary spatially and temporally in ocean models of ice shelf cavities.

  13. Drag moderation by the melting of ice surface in contact with water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1

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    Chan, Derek Y C

    Drag moderation by the melting of ice surface in contact with water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1 Derek Y. C on the hydrodynamic drag of ice-shell-metal-core spheres free falling in water at Reynolds number, Re 2 × 104 - 3 × 105 and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing

  14. ANALYSIS OF ANTARCTIC ICEBERG AND SEA ICE MELTING PATTERNS USING QUIKSCAT

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    Long, David G.

    ANALYSIS OF ANTARCTIC ICEBERG AND SEA ICE MELTING PATTERNS USING QUIKSCAT Keith M. Stuart and David ABSTRACT QuikSCAT tracking of Antarctic icebergs is discussed, and iceberg movement trends are illustrated. Iceberg melting factors are explored and a backscatter time-series is presented. Interactions between ice

  15. Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water.

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    Vakarelski, Ivan U; Chan, Derek Y C; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T

    2015-07-24

    We report measurements of the effects of a melting ice surface on the hydrodynamic drag of ice-shell-metal-core spheres free falling in water at a Reynolds of number Re~2×10^{4}-3×10^{5} and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing the hydrodynamic drag by more than 50%. Direct visualization of the flow pattern demonstrates the key role of surface melting. Our observations support the hypothesis that the drag reduction is due to the disturbance of the viscous boundary layer by the mass transfer from the melting ice surface. PMID:26252689

  16. Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water

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    Vakarelski, Ivan U.; Chan, Derek Y. C.; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T.

    2015-07-01

    We report measurements of the effects of a melting ice surface on the hydrodynamic drag of ice-shell-metal-core spheres free falling in water at a Reynolds of number Re ˜2 ×104- 3 ×105 and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing the hydrodynamic drag by more than 50%. Direct visualization of the flow pattern demonstrates the key role of surface melting. Our observations support the hypothesis that the drag reduction is due to the disturbance of the viscous boundary layer by the mass transfer from the melting ice surface.

  17. Seasonal variation of ice melting on varying layers of debris of Lirung Glacier, Langtang Valley, Nepal

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    Chand, M. B.; Kayastha, R. B.; Parajuli, A.; Mool, P. K.

    2015-05-01

    Glaciers in the Himalayan region are often covered by extensive debris cover in ablation areas, hence it is essential to assess the effect of debris on glacier ice melt. Seasonal melting of ice beneath different thicknesses of debris on Lirung Glacier in Langtang Valley, Nepal, was studied during three seasons of 2013-14. The melting rates of ice under 5 cm debris thickness are 3.52, 0.09, and 0.85 cm d-1 during the monsoon, winter and pre-monsoon season, respectively. Maximum melting is observed in dirty ice (0.3 cm debris thickness) and the rate decreases with the increase of debris thickness. The energy balance calculations on dirty ice and at 40 cm debris thickness show that the main energy source of ablation is net radiation. The major finding from this study is that the maximum melting occurs during the monsoon season than rest of the seasons.

  18. Spatial and Temporal Observations of Summer Ice Melt Using ERS-1 SAR Imagery

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    Holt, B.; Martin, S.

    1995-01-01

    The complete understanding of the heat and mass balance of the polar oceans includes the melting of sea ice in the summer and the reinjection of fresh water into the upper ocean. This study examines the spatial and temporal character of ice melt. Using ERS-1 SAR imagery, the development of small floes formed by melt and deforma- tion, and changes in the fraction of open water and floes is examined.

  19. Arctic sea ice surviving the summer melt: interannual variability and decreasing trend

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    Zwally, H. Jay; Gloersen, Per

    Sea ice surviving the summer melt season to become multi-year ice in the Arctic Ocean is of interest because multi-year ice significantly affects the ice-thickness distribution and the dynamics and thermodynamics of the ice pack in subsequent seasons. However, the amount of ice surviving summer melting has not been well determined because the time of the minimum ice area varies from region to region. A concept of local temporal minimum (LTM) accounts for non-simultaneity of the melt-freeze transition by determining the minima ice concentrations (CLTM) on local spatial scales. CLTM are calculated for 25 km gridcells using 24 years (1979-2002) of satellite passive-microwave data. The total area of ice surviving the summer melt (ALTM) is given by spatial integration of CLTM. Over 24 years, the average ALTM is 2.6 × 106 km2 (excluding ˜0.7 × 105 km2 above 84° N). In contrast, the average area (3.8 × 106km2) of all ice types (ASM), measured when the total (simultaneous) ice cover is a minimum in daily maps in mid-September, is an often-used estimate of ice surviving the summer melting that is ˜45% too large. Over 24 years, the ALTM decreased by 9.5±2.2% (10 a)-1 (0.27±0.06 × 106 km2 (10 a)-1), which is similar to the rate of decline of ASM and about three times the rate of the annual average. The time-of-occurrence of the LTM averaged over the perennial ice pack increased by 8 days from around 11 to 19 August, indicating a later ending of the melt season by about 3 days (10 a)-1 as the summer pack declines. Estimates of multi-year ice in midwinter from passive microwave observations are ˜17% smaller than ALTM, suggesting that the microwave algorithm does not measure all the multi-year ice.

  20. Determination of the bulk melting temperature of nickel using Monte Carlo simulations: Inaccuracy of extrapolation from cluster melting temperatures

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    Pellenq, Roland J. -M.

    We have determined the bulk melting temperature T[subscript m] of nickel according to a recent interatomic interaction model via Monte Carlo simulation by two methods: extrapolation from cluster melting temperatures based ...

  1. J. Phys. Chem. 1903, 87, 4277-4201 4277 Molecular Dynamics Study of Ice Crystallite Melting

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    Stillinger, Frank

    J. Phys. Chem. 1903, 87, 4277-4201 4277 Molecular Dynamics Study of Ice Crystallite Melting Thomas been used to examine the melting process for a 250-moleculeice Ih crystallite. The ST2 potential on those interactions. Melting was observed to begin at the crystallite surface and to proceed inward

  2. Sediment Melt-Migration Dynamics in Perennial Antarctic Lake Ice Steven M. Jepsen*

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    Priscu, John C.

    examined sediment melt-migration dynamics in the ice cover of Lake Fryxell, Taylor Valley, McMurdo Dry of heat losses to shallow, cold ice and the cold, dry atmosphere. Gravity flow of sediment along grain (dry valleys) is the largest (,4000 km2 ) ice-free area of Antarctica (Bull, 1966) and the subject

  3. A model of the threedimensional evolution of Arctic melt ponds on firstyear and multiyear sea ice

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    Feltham, Daniel

    ., 1995] and, as a result of this, Arctic sea ice is a sensitive indicator of climate change, as well), such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR4 study, are unable to simulate the observed rapid reduction of sea iceA model of the threedimensional evolution of Arctic melt ponds on firstyear and multiyear sea ice F

  4. Variability of Basal Melt Beneath the Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf, West Antarctica

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    Bindschadler, Robert; Vaughan, David G.; Vornberger, Patricia

    2011-01-01

    Observations from satellite and airborne platforms are combined with model calculations to infer the nature and efficiency of basal melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, West Antarctica, by ocean waters. Satellite imagery shows surface features that suggest ice-shelf-wide changes to the ocean s influence on the ice shelf as the grounding line retreated. Longitudinal profiles of ice surface and bottom elevations are analyzed to reveal a spatially dependent pattern of basal melt with an annual melt flux of 40.5 Gt/a. One profile captures a persistent set of surface waves that correlates with quasi-annual variations of atmospheric forcing of Amundsen Sea circulation patterns, establishing a direct connection between atmospheric variability and sub-ice-shelf melting. Ice surface troughs are hydrostatically compensated by ice-bottom voids up to 150m deep. Voids form dynamically at the grounding line, triggered by enhanced melting when warmer-than-average water arrives. Subsequent enlargement of the voids is thermally inefficient (4% or less) compared with an overall melting efficiency beneath the ice shelf of 22%. Residual warm water is believed to cause three persistent polynyas at the ice-shelf front seen in Landsat imagery. Landsat thermal imagery confirms the occurrence of warm water at the same locations.

  5. Erratum: Pressure melting of ice [J. Chem. Phys. 80, 438 (1984)] Thomas A. Weber and Frank H. Stillinger

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    Stillinger, Frank

    1984-01-01

    Erratum: Pressure melting of ice [J. Chem. Phys. 80, 438 (1984)] Thomas A. Weber and Frank H American Institute of Physics 3363 Erratum: J. Chem. Phys. 81, 3363 (1984) #12;Pressure melting of ice 1983; accepted 23 September 1983) A 250-molecule ice Ih crystallite has been melted at a pressure

  6. Water isotopic ratios from a continuously melted ice core sample

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    Gkinis, V; Blunier, T; Bigler, M; Schüpbach, S; Kettner, E; Johnsen, S J

    2014-01-01

    A new technique for on-line high resolution isotopic analysis of liquid water, tailored for ice core studies is presented. We built an interface between a Wavelength Scanned Cavity Ring Down Spectrometer (WS-CRDS) purchased from Picarro Inc. and a Continuous Flow Analysis (CFA) system. The system offers the possibility to perform simultaneous water isotopic analysis of $\\delta^{18}$O and $\\delta$D on a continuous stream of liquid water as generated from a continuously melted ice rod. Injection of sub ${\\mu}$l amounts of liquid water is achieved by pumping sample through a fused silica capillary and instantaneously vaporizing it with 100% efficiency in a home made oven. A calibration procedure allows for proper reporting of the data on the VSMOW--SLAP scale. Application of spectral methods yields the combined uncertainty of the system at below 0.1 permil and 0.5 permil for $\\delta^{18}$O and $\\delta$D, respectively. This performance is comparable to that achieved with mass spectrometry. Dispersion of the sampl...

  7. Determination of melting temperature and temperature melting range for DNA with multi-peak differential melting curves.

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    Lando, Dmitri Y; Fridman, Alexander S; Chang, Chun-Ling; Grigoryan, Inessa E; Galyuk, Elena N; Murashko, Oleg N; Chen, Chun-Chung; Hu, Chin-Kun

    2015-06-15

    Many factors that change the temperature position and interval of the DNA helix-coil transition often also alter the shape of multi-peak differential melting curves (DMCs). For DNAs with a multi-peak DMC, there is no agreement on the most useful definition for the melting temperature, Tm, and temperature melting width, ?T, of the entire DNA transition. Changes in Tm and ?T can reflect unstable variation of the shape of the DMC as well as alterations in DNA thermal stability and heterogeneity. Here, experiments and computer modeling for DNA multi-peak DMCs varying under different factors allowed testing of several methods of defining Tm and ?T. Indeed, some of the methods give unreasonable "jagged" Tm and ?T dependences on varying relative concentration of DNA chemical modifications (rb), [Na(+)], and GC content. At the same time, Tm determined as the helix-coil transition average temperature, and ?T, which is proportional to the average absolute temperature deviation from this temperature, are suitable to characterize multi-peak DMCs. They give smoothly varying theoretical and experimental dependences of Tm and ?T on rb, [Na(+)], and GC content. For multi-peak DMCs, Tm value determined in this way is the closest to the thermodynamic melting temperature (the helix-coil transition enthalpy/entropy ratio). PMID:25640587

  8. Measurement of Latent Heat of Melting of Thermal Storage Materials for Dynamic Type Ice Thermal Storage

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    Sawada, Hisashi; Okada, Masashi; Nakagawa, Shinji

    In order to measure the latent heat of melting of ice slurries with various solute concentrations, an adiabatic calorimeter was constructed. Ice slurries were made from each aqueous solution of ethanol, ethylene glycol and silane coupling agent. The latent heat of melting of ice made from tap water was measured with the present calorimeter and the uncertainty of the result was one percent. Ice slurries were made both by mixing ice particles made from water with each aqueous solution and by freezing each aqueous solution with stirring in a vessel. The latent heat of melting of these ice slurries was measured with various concentrations of solution. The latent heat of melting decreased as the solute concentration or the freezing point depression increased. The latent heat of ice slurries made from ethanol or ethylene glycol aqueous solution agreed with that of ice made from pure water known already. The latent heat of melting of ice slurries made from silane coupling agent aqueous solution got smaller than that of ice made from pure water as the freezing point depression increased.

  9. Object-Based Aerial Photos Analysis for Arctic Sea Ice Melt Ponds and Pressure Ridges

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    Miao, X.; Xie, H.; Ke, C.; Lei, R.

    2014-12-01

    High resolution aerial photographs can provide detailed distribution of sea ice features so as to extract physical parameters to refine, validate, and improve climate models. For example, melt ponds play an important role in Earth's radiation balance since they strongly absorb solar radiation rather than reflecting it as snow and ice do. Furthermore, no previous studies have ever considered shadow in sea ice detection, which is ubiquitous in the aerial photographs especially in multi-year ice regions and during late melting phase. Based on our previous study, an object-based classification scheme is used to extract sea ice features including melt ponds and shadow from 163 selected aerial photographs taken during the Chinese National Arctic Research Expedition (CHINARE 2010). The classification algorithm includes three major steps as follows. (1) Image segmentation groups the neighboring pixels into objects according to the similarity of spectral and texture information; (2) random forest ensemble classifier can distinguish the following objects: water, general submerged ice, shadow, and ice/snow; and (3) polygon neighbor analysis can further separate melt ponds from general submerged ice according to the spatial neighboring relationship. Finally, the shadows are used to estimate the sea ice ridge distribution based on local solar illumination geometry. Our results illustrate the spatial distribution and morphological characters of melt ponds and ridges in different latitudes of the Arctic Pacific sector. This method can be applied to massive photos and images taken in past years and future years, in deriving the detailed sea ice feature distribution and changes through years.

  10. How long has the central-northern Greenland Ice Sheet been melting at the base?

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    Rogozhina, Irina; Petrunin, Alexey G.; Johnson, Jesse V.; Vaughan, Alan P. M.

    2014-05-01

    Ice-penetrating radar studies (Fahnestock et al., 2001) and the deep ice core project NGRIP (Anderson et al., 2004) have identified extensive areas of rapid basal melt under the central-northern Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS). Our new reconstruction of the lithosphere structure in Greenland reveal that strong anomalies in geothermal heat flux are responsible for much of the estimated ice loss through basal melt. We use our coupled lithosphere-GIS model to study the history of basal ice conditions since the Pliocene period and find that the anomalous heat flow has been maintaining basal ice melt throughout the history of Greenland glaciation. Persistence of basal melt water over the course of ~3.5 million years and periodic development of paleo ice streams originating at the anomaly have likely caused considerable erosion of the subglacial bedrock. The erosion is revealed by ice-penetrating radar measurements, and now exerts a geometric control on ice sheet streaming in the eroded region, and possibly the overall geometry of the GIS. Anderson, K. K., et al. (2004), High-resolution record of Northern Hemisphere climate extending into the last interglacial period, Nature, 431(7005), 147-151 Fahnestock, M., W. Abdalati, I. Joughin, J. Brozena, and P. Gogineni (2001), High geothermal heat flow, basal melt, and the origin of rapid ice flow in central Greenland, Science, 294, 2338-2342

  11. Analysis of summer 2002 melt extent on the Greenland ice sheet using MODIS and SSM/I data

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    Hall, D.K.; Williams, R.S., Jr.; Steffen, K.; Chien, J.Y.L.

    2004-01-01

    Previous work has shown that the summer of 2002 had the greatest area of snow melt extent on the Greenland ice sheet ever recorded using passive-microwave data. In this paper, we compare the 0?? isotherm derived from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, with Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I)-derived melt, at the time of the maximum melt extent in 2002. To validate the MODIS-derived land-surface temperatures (LSTs), we compared the MODIS LSTs with air temperatures from nine stations (using 11 different data points) and found that they agreed to within 2.3??2.09??C, with station temperatures consistently lower than the MODIS LSTs. According to the MODIS LST, the maximum surface melt extended to ???2300 m in southern Greenland; while the SSM/I measurements showed that the maximum melt extended to nearly 2700 m in southeastern Greenland. The MODIS and SSM/I data are complementary in providing detailed information about the progression of surface and near-surface melt on the Greenland ice sheet.

  12. Analysis of Summer 2002 Melt Extent on the Greenland Ice Sheet using MODIS and SSM/I Data

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Williams, Richard S.; Steffen, Konrad; Chien, Janet Y. L.

    2004-01-01

    Previous work has shown that the summer of 2002 had the greatest area of snow melt extent on the Greenland ice sheet ever recorded using passive-microwave data. In this paper, we compare the 0 deg. isotherm derived from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, with Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I)-derived melt, at the time of the maximum melt extent in 2002. To validate the MODIS derived land-surface temperatures (LSTs), we compared the MODIS LSTs with air temperatures from nine stations (using 11 different data points) and found that they agreed to within 2.3 +/- 2.09 C, with station temperatures consistently lower than the MODIS LSTs. According to the MODIS LST, the maximum surface melt extended to approx. 2300 m in southern Greenland; while the SSM/I measurements showed that the maximum melt extended to nearly 2700 m in southeastern Greenland. The MODIS and SSM/I data are complementary in providing detailed information about the progression of surface and near- surface melt on the Greenland ice sheet.

  13. Analysis of Summer 2002 Melt Extent on the Greenland Ice Sheet using MODIS and SSM/I Data

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Williams, Richard S., Jr.; Steffen, Konrad; Chien, Y. L.; Foster, James L.; Robinson, David A.; Riggs, George A.

    2004-01-01

    Previous work has shown that the summer of 2002 had the greatest area of snow melt extent on the Greenland ice sheet ever recorded using passive-microwave data. In this paper, we compare the 0 degree isotherm derived from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, with Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I)-derived melt, at the time of the maximum melt extent in 2002. To validate the MODIS-derived land-surface temperatures (LSTs), we compared the MODIS LSTs with air temperatures from nine stations (using 11 different data points) and found that they agreed to within 2.3 plus or minus 2.09 C, with station temperatures consistently lower than the MODIS LSTs. According to the MODIS LST, the maximum surface melt extended to approximately 2300 m in southern Greenland; while the SSM/I measurements showed that the maximum melt extended to nearly 2700 m in southeastern Greenland. The MODIS and SSM/I data are complementary in providing detailed information about the progression of surface and near-surface melt on the Greenland ice sheet.

  14. Eddy-resolving simulations of the Fimbul Ice Shelf cavity circulation: Basal melting and exchange with open ocean

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    Lilly, Jonathan

    are close to the surface freezing point. The basal mass loss in this so-called state of ``shallow melt- ingEddy-resolving simulations of the Fimbul Ice Shelf cavity circulation: Basal melting and exchange processes Fimbul Ice Shelf basal melting Eddy overturning Mesoscale ocean modeling a b s t r a c t Melting

  15. accumulation, B (positive for melting), and the dif-ference in ice flux between the two gates per unit

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    Palumbi, Stephen

    accumulation, B (positive for melting), and the dif- ference in ice flux between the two gates per/year) compared with basal melting, B is equal to the decrease in ice flux per unit area. If the ice shelf unit area, H / t A B ( GL DG)/ISA, where GL and DG are the ice flux for the GL and the DG, respectively

  16. Laurentide Ice Sheet Basal Temperatures at the Last Glacial Cycle As Inferred from Borehole Temperature Data

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    Pickler, C.; Beltrami, H.; Mareschal, J. C.

    2014-12-01

    Twelve temperature-depth profiles (>1500 m) located in Eastern to Central Canada were studied to determine the past ground surface temperature histories (GSTH) for the Last Glacial Cycle (LGC) and afterwards. The GSTHs were inferred using singular variable decomposition (SVD). Three locations (Sudbury, Manitouwadge, and Thompson) presented multiple boreholes. Here, simultaneous inversion was utilized to illustrate any regional trends present. For all studied sites, the inversion shows that ground surface temperatures throughout the LGC near the pressure melting point of ice, -1.41-2.51°C. These ground surface temperatures are representative of the basal temperatures of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which covered the region throughout the LGC. These temperatures allow for the possibility of basal flow and fast flowing ice streams, which have been inferred from geomorphological data and are consistent with modeling efforts. Regional variations in basal temperatures are observed. These could be attributed to fluctuations in ice sheet thickness and proximity to the edge of the ice sheet. No correlation between heat flow and the amplitude of the GSTH variations was observed, leading to the conclusion that the basal temperatures in this region are primarily driven by ice dynamics.

  17. Optical In-Process Temperature Monitoring of Selective Laser Melting

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    Chivel, Y.

    Investigation of the melting of overhang layers has been conducted under full temperature monitoring. Mechanisms of the melt penetration into loose powder bed have been determined. Temperature regimes of the selective laser melting process of the 3D object from steel 316L powder also have been investigated.

  18. Shock and post-shock temperatures in an icequartz mixture: implications for melting during planetary impact events

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    Stewart, Sarah T.

    indicate that the ice was shocked close to the principal Hugoniot. Therefore, in the intermediate length scale regime, the partitioning of shock energy is defined initially by the Hugoniots of the componentsShock and post-shock temperatures in an ice­quartz mixture: implications for melting during

  19. How will melting of ice affect volcanic hazards in the twenty-first century?

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    Tuffen, Hugh

    2010-05-28

    Glaciers and ice sheets on many active volcanoes are rapidly receding. There is compelling evidence that melting of ice during the last deglaciation triggered a dramatic acceleration in volcanic activity. Will melting of ice this century, which is associated with climate change, similarly affect volcanic activity and associated hazards? This paper provides a critical overview of the evidence that current melting of ice will increase the frequency or size of hazardous volcanic eruptions. Many aspects of the link between ice recession and accelerated volcanic activity remain poorly understood. Key questions include how rapidly volcanic systems react to melting of ice, whether volcanoes are sensitive to small changes in ice thickness and how recession of ice affects the generation, storage and eruption of magma at stratovolcanoes. A greater frequency of collapse events at glaciated stratovolcanoes can be expected in the near future, and there is strong potential for positive feedbacks between melting of ice and enhanced volcanism. Nonetheless, much further research is required to remove current uncertainties about the implications of climate change for volcanic hazards in the twenty-first century. PMID:20403841

  20. Melt-induced speed-up of Greenland ice sheet offset by efficient subglacial drainage.

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    Sundal, Aud Venke; Shepherd, Andrew; Nienow, Peter; Hanna, Edward; Palmer, Steven; Huybrechts, Philippe

    2011-01-27

    Fluctuations in surface melting are known to affect the speed of glaciers and ice sheets, but their impact on the Greenland ice sheet in a warming climate remains uncertain. Although some studies suggest that greater melting produces greater ice-sheet acceleration, others have identified a long-term decrease in Greenland's flow despite increased melting. Here we use satellite observations of ice motion recorded in a land-terminating sector of southwest Greenland to investigate the manner in which ice flow develops during years of markedly different melting. Although peak rates of ice speed-up are positively correlated with the degree of melting, mean summer flow rates are not, because glacier slowdown occurs, on average, when a critical run-off threshold of about 1.4?centimetres a day is exceeded. In contrast to the first half of summer, when flow is similar in all years, speed-up during the latter half is 62?±?16 per cent less in warmer years. Consequently, in warmer years, the period of fast ice flow is three times shorter and, overall, summer ice flow is slower. This behaviour is at odds with that expected from basal lubrication alone. Instead, it mirrors that of mountain glaciers, where melt-induced acceleration of flow ceases during years of high melting once subglacial drainage becomes efficient. A model of ice-sheet flow that captures switching between cavity and channel drainage modes is consistent with the run-off threshold, fast-flow periods, and later-summer speeds we have observed. Simulations of the Greenland ice-sheet flow under climate warming scenarios should account for the dynamic evolution of subglacial drainage; a simple model of basal lubrication alone misses key aspects of the ice sheet's response to climate warming. PMID:21270891

  1. Communication: Growing room temperature ice with graphene

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    Verdaguer, Albert; Segura, Juan José; López-Mir, Laura; Sauthier, Guillaume; Fraxedas, Jordi

    2013-03-01

    Water becomes ordered in the form of hexagonal ice at room temperature under controlled humidity conditions upon confinement in the nanometer range between protective graphene sheets and crystalline (111) surfaces with hexagonal symmetry of the alkali earth fluoride BaF2. Interfacial water/substrate pseudoepitaxy turns out to be a critical parameter since ice is only formed when the lattice mismatch is small, an observation based on the absence of ice on (111) surfaces of isostructural CaF2

  2. Simulation of Melting Ice-Phase Precipitation Hydrometeors for Use in Passive and Active Microwave Remote-Sensing Algorithms

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    Johnson, B. T.

    2014-12-01

    The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, with active and passive microwave remote-sensing instruments, was designed to be sensitive to precipitation-sized particles. The shape of these particles naturally influences the distribution of scattered microwaves. Therefore, we seek to simulate ice-phase precipitation using accurate models of the physical properties of individual snowflakes and aggregate ice crystals, similar to those observed in precipitating clouds. A number of researchers have examined the single-scattering properties of individual ice crystals and aggregates, but only a few have started to look at the properties of melting these particles. One of the key difficulties, from a simulation perspective, is characterizing the distribution of melt-water on a melting particle. Previous studies by the author and others have shown that even for spherical particles, the relative distribution of liquid water on an ice-particle can have significant effects on the computed scattering and absorption properties in the microwave regime. This, in turn, strongly influences forward model simulations of passive microwave TBs, radar reflectivities, and path-integrated attenuation. The present study examines the sensitivity of the single scattering properties of melting ice-crystals and aggregates to variations in the volume fraction of melt water, and the distribution of meltwater. We make some simple simulations 1-D vertical profiles having melting layers, and compute the radar reflectivities consistent with the GPM DPR at Ku- and Ka-band. We also compute the top-of-the-atmosphere brightness temperatures at GPM GMI channels for the same vertical profiles, and discuss the sensitivities to variances in the aforementioned physical properties.

  3. Changes in Arctic Melt Season and Implications for Sea Ice Loss

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    Stroeve, J. C.; Markus, T.; Boisvert, L.; Miller, J.; Barrett, A.

    2014-01-01

    The Arctic-wide melt season has lengthened at a rate of 5 days dec-1 from 1979 to 2013, dominated by later autumn freeze-up within the Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi and Beaufort seas between 6 and 11 days dec(exp -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 752MJ m(exp -2) during the last decade, increases sea surface temperatures by 0.5 to 1.5 C and largely explains the observed delays in autumn freeze-up within the Arctic Ocean's adjacent seas. Cumulative anomalies in total absorbed solar radiation from May through September for the most recent pentad locally exceed 300-400 MJ m(exp -2) in the Beaufort, Chukchi and East Siberian seas. This extra solar energy is equivalent to melting 0.97 to 1.3 m of ice during the summer.

  4. Melt ponds on Arctic sea ice determined from MODIS satellite data using an artificial neural network

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    Rösel, A.; Kaleschke, L.; Birnbaum, G.

    2012-04-01

    Melt ponds on sea ice strongly reduce the surface albedo and accelerate the decay of Arctic sea ice. Due to different spectral properties of snow, ice, and water, the fractional coverage of these distinct surface types can be derived from multispectral sensors like the Moderate Resolution Image Spectroradiometer (MODIS) using a spectral unmixing algorithm. The unmixing was implemented using a multilayer perceptron to reduce computational costs. Arctic-wide melt pond fractions and sea ice concentrations are derived from the level 3 MODIS surface reflectance product. The validation of the MODIS melt pond data set was conducted with aerial photos from the MELTEX campaign 2008 in the Beaufort Sea, data sets from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) for 2000 and 2001 from four sites spread over the entire Arctic, and with ship observations from the trans-Arctic HOTRAX cruise in 2005. The root-mean-square errors range from 3.8 % for the comparison with HOTRAX data, over 10.7 % for the comparison with NSIDC data, to 10.3 % and 11.4 % for the comparison with MELTEX data, with coefficient of determination ranging from R2=0.28 to R2=0.45. The mean annual cycle of the melt pond fraction per grid cell for the entire Arctic shows a strong increase in June, reaching a maximum of 15 % by the end of June. The zonal mean of melt pond fractions indicates a dependence of the temporal development of melt ponds on the geographical latitude, and has its maximum in mid-July at latitudes between 80° and 88° N. Furthermore, the MODIS results are used to estimate the influence of melt ponds on retrievals of sea ice concentrations from passive microwave data. Results from a case study comparing sea ice concentrations from ARTIST Sea Ice-, NASA Team 2-, and Bootstrap-algorithms with MODIS sea ice concentrations indicate an underestimation of around 40 % for sea ice concentrations retrieved with microwave algorithms.

  5. Potassium-Rich Ices at High Pressures and Temperatures

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    Frank, M. R.; Scott, H. P.; Aarestad, E.; Prakapenka, V.

    2014-12-01

    Accurate modeling of planetary interiors requires that the pressure-volume-temperature properties of phases present within the body be well understood. The high-pressure polymorphs of H2O have been studied extensively, due to the abundance of ice phases in icy moons and likely vast number of extra-solar planetary bodies, with only select studies evaluating impurity-laden ices. In this study, ice formed from a 1.6 mole percent KCl-bearing aqueous solution was studied up to 33 GPa and 650 K, and the incorporation of K+ and Cl- into the ice VII structure was documented. The compression data at 300 K were fit with a third order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state and yielded K, K/, and V0 of 24.7±0.9 GPa, 4.44±0.09, and 39.17±0.15 Å3, respectively. Thermal expansion coefficients were also determined for several isothermal compression curves at elevated temperatures, and a P-V-T equation of state will be presented. The melting of ice VII with incorporated K+ and Cl- was determined up to 625 K and 10.6 GPa and was fit by using a Simon-Glatzel equation. The melting curve is systematically depressed relative to the melting curve of pure H2O by approximately 45 K and 80 K at 4 and 11 GPa, respectively. Interestingly, a portion of the K+ and Cl- contained within the ice VII structure was observed to exsolve with increasing temperature and pressure. This suggests that an internal differentiating process could concentrate a K-rich phase deep within H2O-rich planets, and we speculate that this could supply an additional source of heat through the radioactive decay of 40K. Birch (1951; JGR, 56, 107-126) has estimated that 40K contributes 2.7 ?cal/g.year for each wt.% of K, and our results suggest at least 3.33 wt.% can be incorporated into the structure of ice VII, thus making it a source of heat rather than just a conductive layer. In conclusion, our data illustrate a mechanism that may concentrate K at depth and impact the supposed pressure and temperature within moderate to large sized H2O-rich planetary bodies.

  6. Glaciation in the Late Noachian Icy Highlands: Ice accumulation, distribution, flow rates, basal melting, and top-down melting rates and patterns

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    Fastook, James L.; Head, James W.

    2015-02-01

    Geological evidence for extensive non-polar ice deposits of Amazonian age indicates that the current cold and dry climate of Mars has persisted for several billion years. The geological record and climate history of the Noachian, the earliest period of Mars history, is less certain, but abundant evidence for fluvial channels (valley networks) and lacustrine environments (open-basin lakes) has been interpreted to represent warm and wet conditions, including rainfall and runoff. Alternatively, recent atmospheric modeling results predict a "cold and icy" Late Noachian Mars in which moderate atmospheric pressure accompanied by a full water cycle produce an atmosphere where temperature declines with elevation following an adiabatic lapse rate, in contrast to the current situation on Mars, where temperature is almost completely determined by latitude. These results are formulated in the Late Noachian Icy Highlands (LNIH) model, in which these cold and icy conditions lead to the preferential deposition of snow and ice at high elevations, such as the southern uplands. What is the fate of this snow and ice and the nature of glaciation in such an environment? What are the prospects of melting of these deposits contributing to the observed fluvial and lacustrine deposits? To address these questions, we report on a glacial flow-modeling analysis using a Mars-adapted ice sheet model with LNIH climate conditions. The total surface/near-surface water inventory is poorly known for the Late Noachian, so we explore the LNIH model in a "supply-limited" scenario for a range of available water abundances and a range of Late Noachian geothermal fluxes. Our results predict that the Late Noachian icy highlands (above an equilibrium line altitude of approximately +1 km) were characterized by extensive ice sheets of the order of hundreds of meters thick. Due to extremely cold conditions, the ice-flow velocities in general were very low, less than a few mm/yr, and the regional ice-flow pattern was disorganized and followed topography, with no radial flow pattern typical of an equilibrium ice sheet. Virtually the entire ice sheet is predicted to be cold-based, and thus the range of wet-based features typically associated with temperate glaciers (e.g., drumlins, eskers, etc.) is not predicted to occur. Wet-based conditions are predicted only locally in the thickest ice (on the floors of the deepest craters), where limited subglacial lakes may have formed. These LNIH regional ice-sheets provide a huge reservoir of potential meltwater as a source for forming the observed fluvial and lacustrine features and deposits. Top-down melting scenarios applied to our LNIH ice sheet model predict that periods of punctuated warming could lead to elevated temperatures sufficient to melt enough snow and ice to readily account for the observed fluvial and lacustrine features and deposits. Our model indicates that such melting should take place preferentially at the margins of the ice sheets, a prediction that can be tested with further analyses.

  7. Delineation of Surface and Near-Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet Using MODIS and QuikSCAT data

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Nghiem, Son V.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.; Neumann, Gregory; Schaaf, Crystal B.

    2010-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the use of MODIS and QuikSCAT data to measure the surface and sub-surface melting on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The project demonstrated the consistence of this technique for measuring the ice melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The blending of the two instruments data allows for determination of surface vs subsurface melting. Also, the use of albedo maps can provide information about the intensity of the melting.

  8. Forecasting method of ice blocks fall by logistic model and melting degree-days calculation: a case study in northern Gaspésie, Québec, Canada.

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    Gauthier, Francis; Hétu, Bernard; Allard, Michel

    2013-04-01

    Ice blocks fall is a serious natural hazard that frequently happens in mountainous cold region. The ice blocks result from the melting and collapse of rockwall icings (ice walls or frozen waterfalls). Environment Canada weather data were analysed for 440 cases of ice blocks fall events reported in northern Gaspésie by the "Ministère des Transports du Québec" (M.T.Q.). The analysis shows that the ice blocks fall are mainly controlled by an increase of the air temperature above 0oC. The melting degree-days (DDmelt) can be used to follow the temperature variations and the heat transfer into the ice bodies. Furthermore, large daily temperature changes, especially drastic drops of temperatures and freeze-thaw cycles, can induce enough mechanical stress to favour the opening of cracks and possibly cause the collapse of unstable ice structures such as freestanding ice formations. By following the evolution of the DDmelt and the best logistic model, it is possible to forecast the collapse of some of the most problematic rockwall icings and target the most hazardous periods along the northern Gaspésie roads.

  9. Widespread Refreezing of Both Surface and Basal Melt Water Beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Bell, R. E.; Tinto, K. J.; Das, I.; Wolovick, M.; Chu, W.; Creyts, T. T.; Frearson, N.

    2013-12-01

    The isotopically and chemically distinct, bubble-free ice observed along the Greenland Ice Sheet margin both in the Russell Glacier and north of Jacobshavn must have formed when water froze from subglacial networks. Where this refreezing occurs and what impact it has on ice sheet processes remain unclear. We use airborne radar data to demonstrate that freeze-on to the ice sheet base and associated deformation produce large ice units up to 700 m thick throughout northern Greenland. Along the ice sheet margin, in the ablation zone, surface meltwater, delivered via moulins, refreezes to the ice sheet base over rugged topography. In the interior, water melted from the ice sheet base is refrozen and surrounded by folded ice. A significant fraction of the ice sheet is modified by basal freeze-on and associated deformation. For the Eqip and Petermann catchments, representing the ice sheet margin and interior respectively, extensive airborne radar datasets show that 10%-13% of the base of the ice sheet and up to a third of the catchment width is modified by basal freeze-on. The interior units develop over relatively subdued topography with modest water flux from basal melt where conductive cooling likely dominates. Steps in the bed topography associated with subglacial valley networks may foster glaciohydraulic supercooling. The ablation zone units develop where both surface melt and crevassing are widespread and large volumes of surface meltwater will reach the base of the ice sheet. The relatively steep topography at the upslope edge of the ablation zone units combined with the larger water flux suggests that supercooling plays a greater role in their formation. The ice qualities of the ablation zone units should reflect the relatively fresh surface melt whereas the chemistry of the interior units should reflect solute-rich basal melt. Changes in basal conditions such as the presence of till patches may contribute to the formation of the large basal units near the Northeast Ice Stream. The contrasting rheology of glacial and interglacial ice may also enhance the deformation associated with freeze-on beneath large ice sheets. The occurrence of basal units both in the ice sheet interior and in the thermally very different ablation zone indicates refreezing is widespread and can occur in many environments beneath an ice sheet. This process appears to influence the morphology and behavior of the ice sheet from top to bottom.

  10. Sum-frequency spectroscopic studies: I. Surface melting of ice, II. Surface alignment of polymers

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    Wei, Xing

    2000-12-21

    Surface vibrational spectroscopy via infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) has been established as a useful tool to study the structures of different kinds of surfaces and interfaces. This technique was used to study the (0001) face of hexagonal ice (Ih). SFG spectra in the O-H stretch frequency range were obtained at various sample temperatures. For the vapor(air)/ice interface, the degree of orientational order of the dangling OH bonds at the surface was measured as a function of temperature. Disordering sets in around 200 K and increases dramatically with temperature, which is strong evidence of surface melting of ice. For the other ice interfaces (silica/OTS/ice and silica/ice), a similar temperature dependence of the hydrogen bonded OH stretch peak was observed; the free OH stretch mode, however, appears to be different from that of the vapor (air)/ice interface due to interactions at the interfaces. The technique was also used to measure the orientational distributions of the polymer chains on a rubbed polyvinyl alcohol surface. Results show that the polymer chains at the surface appear to be well aligned by rubbing, and the adsorbed liquid crystal molecules are aligned, in turn, by the surface polymer chains. A strong correlation exists between the orientational distributions of the polymer chains and the liquid crystal molecules, indicating that the surface-induced bulk alignment of a liquid crystal film by rubbed polymer surfaces is via an orientational epitaxy-like mechanism. This thesis also contains studies on some related issues that are crucial to the above applications. An experiment was designed to measure SFG spectra in both reflection and transmission. The result confirms that SFG in reflection is generally dominated by the surface contribution. Another issue is the motional effect due to fast orientational motion of molecules at a surface or interface. Calculations show that the effect is significant if the molecular orientation varies over a broad range within the vibrational relaxation time. The stretch vibration of the free OH bonds at the vapor/water interface is used to illustrate the importance of the effect.

  11. Melt ponds on Arctic sea ice determined from MODIS satellite data using an artificial neural network

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    Rösel, A.; Kaleschke, L.; Birnbaum, G.

    2011-10-01

    Melt ponds on sea ice strongly reduce the surface albedo and accelerate the decay of Arctic sea ice. Due to different spectral properties of snow, ice, and water, the fractional coverage of these distinct surface types can be derived from multispectral sensors like MODIS using a spectral unmixing algorithm. The unmixing was implemented using a multilayer perceptron (MLP) to reduce computational costs. Arctic-wide melt pond fractions and sea ice concentrations are derived from the level 3 MODIS surface reflectance product. The validation of the MODIS melt pond data set was conducted with aerial photos from the MELTEX campaign 2008 in the Beaufort Sea, data sets from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) for 2000 and 2001 from four sites spread over the entire Arctic, and with ship observations from the trans-Arctic HOTRAX cruise in 2005. The root-mean-square errors (RMSE) range from 3.8 % for the comparison with HOTRAX data, over 10.7 % for the comparison with NSIDC data, to 10.3 % and 11.4 % for the comparison with MELTEX data, with correlations coefficients ranging from R2 = 0.28 to R2 = 0.45. The mean annual cycle of the melt pond fraction for the entire Arctic shows a strong increase in June, reaching a maximum of 15 % by the end of June. The zonal mean of melt pond fractions indicates a dependence of the temporal development of melt ponds from the geographical latitude, and has its maximum in mid-July in latitudes between 80° and 88° N. Furthermore, the MODIS results are used to estimate the influence of melt ponds on retrievals of sea ice concentrations from passive microwave data. Results from a case study comparing sea ice concentrations from ASI-, NASA Team 2-, and Bootstrap-algorithms with MODIS sea ice concentrations indicate an underestimation of around 40 % for sea ice concentrations retrieved with microwave algorithms.

  12. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING, VOL. 44, NO. 9, SEPTEMBER 2006 2461 Melt Detection in Antarctic Ice Shelves Using

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    Long, David G.

    the surface melt of Arctic sea ice, e.g., [1]­[3], Antarctic ice sheets [4]­[6], and the Greenland ice sheet for determining the dates of melt onset and freeze-up for each Austral summer are presented. Validation of the ice to 2003 are analyzed and found to be effective in determining periods of melt in Antarctic ice sheets

  13. Honeycomb artificial spin ice at low temperatures

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    Zeissler, Katharina; Chadha, Megha; Cohen, Lesley; Branford, Will

    2015-03-01

    Artificial spin ice is a macroscopic playground for magnetically frustrated systems. It consists of a geometrically ordered but magnetically frustrated arrangement of ferromagnetic macros spins, e.g. an arrangement of single domain ferromagnetic nanowires on a honeycomb lattice. Permalloy and cobalt which have critical temperature scales far above 290 K, are commonly used in the construction of such systems. Previous measurements have shown unusual features in the magnetotransport signature of cobalt honeycomb artificial spin ice at temperatures below 50 K which are due to changes in the artificial spin ice's magnetic reversal. In that case, the artificial spin ice bars were 1 micron long, 100 nm wide and 20 nm thick. Here we explore the low temperature magnetic behavior of honeycomb artificial spin ice structures with a variety of bar dimensions, indirectly via electrical transport, as well as, directly using low temperature magnetic imaging techniques. We discuss the extent to which this change in the magnetic reversal at low temperatures is generic to the honeycomb artificial spin ice geometry and whether the bar dimensions have an influence on its onset temperature. The EPSRC (Grant No. EP/G004765/1; Grant No. EP/L504786/1) and the Leverhulme Trust (Grant No. RPG 2012-692) funded this scientific work.

  14. The effect of basal channels on oceanic ice-shelf melting

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    Millgate, Thomas; Holland, Paul R.; Jenkins, Adrian; Johnson, Helen L.

    2013-12-01

    The presence of ice-shelf basal channels has been noted in a number of Antarctic and Greenland ice shelves, but their impact on basal melting is not fully understood. Here we use the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model to investigate the effect of ice-shelf basal channels on oceanic melt rate for an idealized ice shelf resembling the floating tongue of Petermann Glacier in Greenland. The introduction of basal channels prevents the formation of a single geostrophically balanced boundary current; instead the flow is diverted up the right-hand (Coriolis-favored) side of each channel, with a return flow in the opposite direction on the left-hand side. As the prescribed number of basal channels is increased the mean basal melt rate decreases, in agreement with previous studies. For a small number of relatively wide channels the subice flow is found to be a largely geostrophic horizontal circulation. The reduction in melt rate is then caused by an increase in the relative contribution of weakly melting channel crests and keels. For a larger number of relatively narrow channels, the subice flow changes to a vertical overturning circulation. This change in circulation results in a weaker sensitivity of melt rates to channel size. The transition between the two regimes is governed by the Rossby radius of deformation. Our results explain why basal channels play an important role in regulating basal melting, increasing the stability of ice shelves.

  15. Enhanced High-Temperature Ice Nucleation Ability of Crystallized Aerosol Particles after Pre-Activation at Low Temperature

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    Wagner, R.; Moehler, O.; Saathoff, H.; Schnaiter, M.

    2014-12-01

    The term pre-activation in heterogeneous ice nucleation describes the observation that the ice nucleation ability of solid ice nuclei may improve after they have already been involved in ice crystal formation or have been exposed to a temperature lower than 235 K. This can be explained by the retention of small ice embryos in cavities or crevices at the particle surface or by the capillary condensation and freezing of supercooled water, respectively. In recent cloud chamber experiments with crystallized aqueous ammonium sulfate, oxalic acid, and succinic acid solution droplets, we have unraveled a further pre-activation mechanism under ice subsaturated conditions which does not require the preceding growth of ice on the seed aerosol particles (Wagner, R. et al., J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021741). First cloud expansion experiments were performed at a high temperature (267 - 244 K) where the crystallized particles did not promote any heterogeneous ice nucleation. Ice nucleation at this temperature, however, could be triggered by temporarily cooling the crystallized particles to a lower temperature. This is because upon crystallization, residuals of the aqueous solution are trapped within the crystals. These captured liquids can freeze when cooled below their respective homogeneous or heterogeneous freezing temperature, leading to the formation of ice pockets in the crystalline particles. When warmed again to the higher temperature, ice formation by the pre-activated particles occurred via depositional and deliquescence-induced ice growth, with ice active fractions ranging from 1 to 4% and 4 to 20%, respectively. Pre-activation disappeared above the eutectic temperature, which for the organic acids are close to the melting point of ice. This mechanism could therefore contribute to the very small fraction of atmospheric aerosol particles that are still ice active well above 263 K.

  16. Ocean Properties and Submarine Melt of Ice Shelves in a High-Arctic Fiord (Milne Fiord)

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    Hamilton, A.; Mueller, D.; Laval, B.

    2014-12-01

    The role of ambient stratification, the vertical distribution of heat, and fiord circulation on submarine melt rates in glacial fiords in the Canadian Arctic are largely unknown despite recent widespread collapse of ice shelves in this region. A 3-year field study was conducted to investigate ocean influence on ice loss from an ice shelf and glacier tongue in Milne Fiord (82oN), Ellesmere Island. Direct ocean observations of the sub-ice cavities from through-ice profiles showed a vertically stratified water column consisting of a perennial fresh ice-dammed epishelf lake at the surface, above cold relatively fresh Polar Water, and warm saline waters from the upper halocline of the Atlantic layer at depth. The broad continental shelf and a topographic sill prevented the warmest waters of the Atlantic layer from entering the 450 m deep fiord. Meltwater concentrations were highest near the glacier grounding line, with meltwater exported at depth due to the strong ambient stratification. There was little evidence of increased buoyancy-driven melt in summer from subglacial discharge as observed in sub-Arctic fiords (e.g. southern Greenland), suggesting that circulation in high-latitude fiords is largely melt-driven convection with less pronounced seasonality. Basal melt rates estimated using three methods, meltwater flux, divergence of ice flux, and an ocean thermodynamic model, were broadly consistent. Average melt rates of 0.75 ± 0.46 m a-1 and 1.14 ± 0.83 m a-1 were found for the Milne Ice Shelf and Milne Glacier Tongue, respectively, although showed high spatial variability. The highest melt rates (~4 m a-1) were found near the glacier grounding line and were driven by warm upper halocline waters. Similar melt rates occurred in near-surface waters driven by solar heating of the epishelf lake, enhancing melt along the margins of the glacier tongue and the landward edge of the ice shelf. The Milne Ice Shelf and Milne Glacier Tongue are in a state of negative mass balance; with submarine ice melt accounting for the majority of mass loss over the duration of the study. Submarine melt rates in this region are influenced by the thickness (and presence) of the epishelf lake, and are sensitive to external changes in the Arctic Ocean, including variations in the depth of the upper halocline and the heat content of polar surface waters.

  17. Local Effects of Ice Floes on Skin Sea Surface Temperature in the Marginal Ice Zone from UAVs

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    Zappa, C. J.; Brown, S.; Emery, W. J.; Adler, J.; Wick, G. A.; Steele, M.; Palo, S. E.; Walker, G.; Maslanik, J. A.

    2013-12-01

    Recent years have seen extreme changes in the Arctic. Particularly striking are changes within the Pacific sector of the Arctic Ocean, and especially in the seas north of the Alaskan coast. These areas have experienced record warming, reduced sea ice extent, and loss of ice in areas that had been ice-covered throughout human memory. Even the oldest and thickest ice types have failed to survive through the summer melt period in areas such as the Beaufort Sea and Canada Basin, and fundamental changes in ocean conditions such as earlier phytoplankton blooms may be underway. Marginal ice zones (MIZ), or areas where the "ice-albedo feedback" driven by solar warming is highest and ice melt is extensive, may provide insights into the extent of these changes. Airborne remote sensing, in particular InfraRed (IR), offers a unique opportunity to observe physical processes at sea-ice margins. It permits monitoring the ice extent and coverage, as well as the ice and ocean temperature variability. It can also be used for derivation of surface flow field allowing investigation of turbulence and mixing at the ice-ocean interface. Here, we present measurements of visible and IR imagery of melting ice floes in the marginal ice zone north of Oliktok Point AK in the Beaufort Sea made during the Marginal Ice Zone Ocean and Ice Observations and Processes EXperiment (MIZOPEX) in July-August 2013. The visible and IR imagery were taken from the unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) ScanEagle. The visible imagery clearly defines the scale of the ice floes. The IR imagery show distinct cooling of the skin sea surface temperature (SST) as well as a intricate circulation and mixing pattern that depends on the surface current, wind speed, and near-surface vertical temperature/salinity structure. Individual ice floes develop turbulent wakes as they drift and cause transient mixing of an influx of colder surface (fresh) melt water. The upstream side of the ice floe shows the coldest skin SST, and downstream the skin SST is mixed within the turbulent wake over 10s of meters. We compare the structure of circulation and mixing of the influx of cold skin SST driven by surface currents and wind. In-situ temperature measurements provide the context for the vertical structure of the mixing and its impact on the skin SST. Furthermore, comparisons to satellite-derived sea surface temperature of the region are presented. The accuracy of satellite derived SST products and how well the observed skin SSTs represent ocean bulk temperatures in polar regions is not well understood, due in part to lack of observations. Estimated error in the polar seas is relatively high at up to 0.4 deg. C compared to less than 0.2 deg. C for other areas. The goal of these and future analyses of the MIZOPEX data set is to elucidate a basic question that is significant for the entire Earth system. Have these regions passed a tipping point, such that they are now essentially acting as sub-Arctic seas where ice disappears in summer, or instead whether the changes are transient, with the potential for the ice pack to recover?

  18. Transient response of the MOC and climate to potential melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the 21st century

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    Hu, Aixue

    Transient response of the MOC and climate to potential melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the 21), Transient response of the MOC and climate to potential melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the 21st 22 April 2009; accepted 6 May 2009; published 29 May 2009. [1] The potential effects of Greenland Ice

  19. Modeling the influence of Greenland ice sheet melting on the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation during the next millennia

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    Huybrechts, Philippe

    Modeling the influence of Greenland ice sheet melting on the Atlantic meridional overturning. Munhoven, V. Brovkin, and S. L. Weber (2007), Modeling the influence of Greenland ice sheet melting-term evolution of the Greenland ice sheet and its effects on the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation

  20. LETTER doi:10.1038/nature09740 Melt-induced speed-up of Greenland ice sheet offset

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    Huybrechts, Philippe

    LETTER doi:10.1038/nature09740 Melt-induced speed-up of Greenland ice sheet offset by efficient & Philippe Huybrechts4 Fluctuations in surface melting are known to affect the speed of glaciers and ice sheets1­7 , but their impact on the Greenland ice sheet in a warming climate remains uncertain8

  1. Near Ice Oceanographic Observations of the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier Melt Plume in Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland

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    Brandon, M. A.; Hodgkins, R.

    2014-12-01

    The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier flows down from the Vatnajökull ice cap and it has a marine terminus in a lagoon connected to the North Atlantic Ocean. The lagoon waters have characteristics determined by the Atlantic water, subglacial run-off and the local melting of ice calved from the glacier. The lagoon is not a fjordic environment, but many similar physical processes are operating. We conducted four hydrographic sections within the lagoon to determine the effects of the ocean on the glacier. Three of the sections across the lagoon allow us to determine the pathway of Atlantic water towards the glacial ice. One hydrographic section of 16 stations along the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier face was always within 3 to 30m from the ice face. This very near ice section showed both the warmest and coldest water sampled in the lagoon. The coldest water was close to the maximum depth of our measurements and was formed through contact with the ice. A heat and salt conservation model has enabled the relative contributions of the inflowing Atlantic derived saline water, the sub glacial fresh water run-off and the melt from the ice face to be determined. Overall the dominant freshwater contribution to the lagoon in the upper 20 m is from the sub-glacial freshwater. Beneath 20 m the dominant factor is modified North Atlantic water. The contribution from melting ice is observed below 10 m, and below 40 m depth this is in layers. Individual CTD measurements show that within the layers of higher ice melt there are strong peaks of increased melt, and so there is a 3 dimensional structure to the melt. The highest resolution data we obtained show that the water at these depths is in places statically unstable.

  2. September Arctic sea ice minimum predicted by spring melt pond fraction

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    Feltham, D. L.; Schroeder, D.; Flocco, D.; Tsamados, M.

    2014-12-01

    The area of Arctic September sea ice has diminished from about 7 million km2 in the 1990s to less than 5 million km2 in 5 of the last 7 years with a record minimum of 3.6 million km2 in 2012. The strength of this decrease is greater than expected by the scientific community, the reasons for this are not fully understood, and its simulation is an on-going challenge for existing climate models. With growing Arctic marine activity there is an urgent demand for forecasting Arctic summer sea ice. Previous attempts at seasonal forecasts of ice extent were of limited skill. However, here we show that the Arctic sea ice minimum can be accurately forecasted from melt pond area in spring. We developed a physical based melt pond model suitable for forecasting the evolution of melt ponds and incorporated this model into the Los Alamos sea ice model CICE. We find a strong correlation between the simulated spring pond fraction and the observed September sea ice extent for the period 1979 to 2013. This is explained by a positive feedback mechanism: more ponds reduce the albedo; a lower albedo causes more melting; more melting increases pond fraction. Our results help explain the acceleration of Arctic sea ice decrease during the last decade. We are able to predict the observed September ice area with a similar degree of skill as the observed ice extent. The choice of the applied SSM/I algorithm (NASA Team or bootstrap) does not materially affect our results. The inclusion of our new melt pond model promises to improve the skill of future forecast and climate models in Arctic regions and beyond.

  3. A Warmer Atmosphere on Mars Near the Noachian-Hesperian Boundary: Evidence from Basal Melting of the South Polar Ice Cap (Dorsa Argentea Formation)

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    Fastook, J. L.; Head, J. W.; Marchant, D. R.; Forget, F.; Madeleine, J.-B.

    2011-03-01

    Dorsa Argentea Formation (Noachian-Hesperian) eskers are evidence for basal melting. Ice-flow models show that the mean annual south polar temperature must be raised to -50° to -75°C, providing an independent estimate of elevated lower latitude surface temperature.

  4. Volcanic unrest primed by ice cap melting: A case study of Snæfellsjökull volcano, Western Iceland

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    Bakker, Richard; Lupi, Matteo; Frehner, Marcel; Berger, Julien; Fuchs, Florian

    2014-05-01

    The most dramatic effect of global warming is the water level rise due to rapid melting of ice sheets. In addition, recent studies suggest that accelerated glacial retreat and associated lithospheric relaxation may enhance upwelling of magmatic fluids through the crust. Here, we investigate whether, also at short geological timescales, shallow magmatic systems may be affected by rapid melting of ice caps. As a case study, we chose the Snæfellsjökull volcanic system in western Iceland, whose ice cap is rapidly melting with 1.25 m(w.e.)/year. To investigate the role of deglaciation in promoting volcanic unrest we use a cross-disciplinary approach integrating geophysical field data, laboratory rheological rock tests, and numerical finite-element analysis. Initial results from seismic data acquisition and interpretation in 2011 show seismic activity (occasionally in swarm sequences) at around a depth range of 8-13 km, indicating the presence of a magmatic reservoir in the crust. In addition, a temporary seismic network of 21 broad-band stations has been deployed in spring 2013 and continuously collected data for several months, which will help better constrain the subsurface geometry. During summer 2013 we collected samples of Tertiary basaltic bedrock from the flanks of Snæfellsjökull, which we assume to be representative for the subsurface volcanic system. Cores drilled from these samples were tri-axially deformed in a Paterson-type apparatus at a constant strain rate of 10-5 s-1, a confining pressure of 50 MPa (i.e. ~2 km depth), and a temperature ranging from 200 °C to 1000 °C (i.e. various proximities to magma chamber). From the obtained stress-strain curves the static Young's modulus is calculated to be around 35 (±2) GPa, which is not significantly influenced by increasing temperatures up to 800 °C. Beyond the elastic domain, cataclastic shear bands develop, accommodating up to 7% strain before brittle failure. The subsurface geometrical constraints from geophysical field data and the rheological parameters from laboratory testing are fed into a numerical finite-element model solving for the pressure in the magma chamber and the stress field in the surrounding basement rock before and after the retreat of an assumed 200 m thick ice cap. Preliminary results show that ice unloading has two effects. First, it leads to significant stress release at the base of the volcanic edifice, possibly resulting in a destabilization of the flanks, which in turn leads to further unloading of the volcanic cone by means of landslides. Second, the pressure change around the magma chamber is in the order of 0.5 MPa. This may be sufficient to induce volatile exsolution and accelerated pressurization of the magmatic reservoir, ultimately leading volcanic unrest, in particular in critically stressed environments prior to glacial retreat. We point out ice cap melting as a possible mechanism for triggering volcanic unrest of shallow magmatic systems.

  5. Laurentide Ice Sheet basal temperatures at the Last Glacial Cycle as inferred from borehole data

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    Pickler, C.; Beltrami, H.; Mareschal, J.-C.

    2015-08-01

    Thirteen temperature-depth profiles (≥ 1500 m) measured in boreholes in eastern and central Canada were inverted to determine the ground surface temperature histories during and after the last glacial cycle. The sites are located in the southern part of the region covered by the Laurentide Ice Sheet. The inversions yield ground surface temperatures ranging from -1.4 to 3.0 °C throughout the last glacial cycle. These temperatures, near the pressure melting point of ice, allowed basal flow and fast flowing ice streams at the base of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Despite such conditions, which have been inferred from geomorphological data, the ice sheet persisted throughout the last glacial cycle. Our results suggest some regional trends in basal temperatures with possible control by internal heat flow.

  6. Efficacy of sanitized ice in reducing bacterial load on fish fillet and in the water collected from the melted ice.

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    Feliciano, Lizanel; Lee, Jaesung; Lopes, John A; Pascall, Melvin A

    2010-05-01

    This study investigated the efficacy of sanitized ice for the reduction of bacteria in the water collected from the ice that melted during storage of whole and filleted Tilapia fish. Also, bacterial reductions on the fish fillets were investigated. The sanitized ice was prepared by freezing solutions of PRO-SAN (an organic acid formulation) and neutral electrolyzed water (NEW). For the whole fish study, the survival of the natural microflora was determined from the water of the melted ice prepared with PRO-SAN and tap water. These water samples were collected during an 8 h storage period. For the fish fillet study, samples were inoculated with Escherichia coli K12, Listeria innocua, and Pseudomonas putida then stored on crushed sanitized ice. The efficacies of these were tested by enumerating each bacterial species on the fish fillet and in the water samples at 12 and 24 h intervals for 72 h, respectively. Results showed that each bacterial population was reduced during the test. However, a bacterial reduction of < 1 log CFU was obtained for the fillet samples. A maximum of approximately 2 log CFU and > 3 log CFU reductions were obtained in the waters sampled after the storage of whole fish and the fillets, respectively. These reductions were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in the water from sanitized ice when compared with the water from the unsanitized melted ice. These results showed that the organic acid formulation and NEW considerably reduced the bacterial numbers in the melted ice and thus reduced the potential for cross-contamination. PMID:20546415

  7. A three-phase free boundary problem with melting ice and dissolving gas

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    Maurizio Ceseri; John M. Stockie

    2014-11-05

    We develop a mathematical model for a three-phase free boundary problem in one dimension that involves the interactions between gas, water and ice. The dynamics are driven by melting of the ice layer, while the pressurized gas also dissolves within the meltwater. The model incorporates a Stefan condition at the water-ice interface along with Henry's law for dissolution of gas at the gas-water interface. We employ a quasi-steady approximation for the phase temperatures and then derive a series solution for the interface positions. A non-standard feature of the model is an integral free boundary condition that arises from mass conservation owing to changes in gas density at the gas-water interface, which makes the problem non-self-adjoint. We derive a two-scale asymptotic series solution for the dissolved gas concentration, which because of the non-self-adjointness gives rise to a Fourier series expansion in eigenfunctions that do not satisfy the usual orthogonality conditions. Numerical simulations of the original governing equations are used to validate the series approximations.

  8. Links Between Acceleration, Melting, and Supraglacial Lake Drainage of the Western Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hoffman, M. J.; Catania, G. A.; Neumann, T. A.; Andrews, L. C.; Rumrill, J. A.

    2011-01-01

    The impact of increasing summer melt on the dynamics and stability of the Greenland Ice Sheet is not fully understood. Mounting evidence suggests seasonal evolution of subglacial drainage mitigates or counteracts the ability of surface runoff to increase basal sliding. Here, we compare subdaily ice velocity and uplift derived from nine Global Positioning System stations in the upper ablation zone in west Greenland to surface melt and supraglacial lake drainage during summer 2007. Starting around day 173, we observe speedups of 6-41% above spring velocity lasting 40 days accompanied by sustained surface uplift at most stations, followed by a late summer slowdown. After initial speedup, we see a spatially uniform velocity response across the ablation zone and strong diurnal velocity variations during periods of melting. Most lake drainages were undetectable in the velocity record, and those that were detected only perturbed velocities for approx 1 day, suggesting preexisting drainage systems could efficiently drain large volumes of water. The dynamic response to melt forcing appears to (1) be driven by changes in subglacial storage of water that is delivered in diurnal and episodic pulses, and (2) decrease over the course of the summer, presumably as the subglacial drainage system evolves to greater efficiency. The relationship between hydrology and ice dynamics observed is similar to that observed on mountain glaciers, suggesting that seasonally large water pressures under the ice sheet largely compensate for the greater ice thickness considered here. Thus, increases in summer melting may not guarantee faster seasonal ice flow.

  9. Links Between Acceleration, Melting, and Supraglacial Lake Drainage of the Western Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hoffman, M. J.; Catania, G. A.; Newmann, T. A.; Andrews, L. C.; Rumrill, J. A.

    2012-01-01

    The impact of increasing summer melt on the dynamics and stability of the Greenland Ice Sheet is not fully understood. Mounting evidence suggests seasonal evolution of subglacial drainage mitigates or counteracts the ability of surface runoff to increase basal sliding. Here, we compare subdaily ice velocity and uplift derived from nine Global Positioning System stations in the upper ablation zone in west Greenland to surface melt and supraglacial lake drainage during summer 2007. Starting around day 173, we observe speedups of 6-41% above spring velocity lasting approximately 40 days accompanied by sustained surface uplift at most stations, followed by a late summer slowdown. After initial speedup, we see a spatially uniform velocity response across the ablation zone and strong diurnal velocity variations during periods of melting. Most lake drainages were undetectable in the velocity record, and those that were detected only perturbed velocities for approximately 1 day, suggesting preexisting drainage systems could efficiently drain large volumes of water. The dynamic response to melt forcing appears to 1) be driven by changes in subglacial storage of water that is delivered in diurnal and episodic pulses, and 2) decrease over the course of the summer, presumably as the subglacial drainage system evolves to greater efficiency. The relationship between hydrology and ice dynamics observed is similar to that observed on mountain glaciers, suggesting that seasonally large water pressures under the ice sheet largely compensate for the greater ice thickness considered here. Thus, increases in summer melting may not guarantee faster seasonal ice flow.

  10. Natural and human contribution to recent Arctic sea-ice melting patterns

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    Min, Seung-Ki; Heo, Joonghyeok; Kim, Baek-Min; Kim, Seong-Joong

    2015-04-01

    Arctic sea-ice has declined sharply during recent three decades with seasonally and regionally different melting patterns. Identifying causes of the spatial patterns of Arctic sea-ice loss is critical to better understanding of global and regional impacts of Arctic cryosphere, but it remains uncertain. This study conducts a quantitative analysis of recent sea-ice melting by comparing observed and model-simulated trend patterns using an optimal fingerprinting technique. Satellite observations show overall decreasing trends across all seasons with stronger melting occurring over Kara-Laptev Seas, E. Siberia-Chukchi Seas, and Barents Seas during warm seasons. The CMIP5 multi-model simulations including greenhouse-gas forcings can largely capture the observed trend patterns, enabling detection of human influence, but with weaker amplitude. As natural factors of observed sea-ice melting, the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) are further considered. AMO exhibits a significant impact on regional variation of sea-ice melting patterns while AO impact is found very weak. Good agreement can be obtained between observed and model-simulated trend patterns when taking account of the AMO influence on observations. This result suggests contribution of both human and natural factors to the recent abrupt reduction in Arctic sea ice.

  11. Internal stress-induced melting below melting temperature at high-rate laser heating

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    Hwang, Yong Seok; Levitas, Valery I.

    2014-06-30

    In this Letter, continuum thermodynamic and phase field approaches (PFAs) predicted internal stress-induced reduction in melting temperature for laser-irradiated heating of a nanolayer. Internal stresses appear due to thermal strain under constrained conditions and completely relax during melting, producing an additional thermodynamic driving force for melting. Thermodynamic melting temperature for Al reduces from 933.67?K for a stress-free condition down to 898.1?K for uniaxial strain and to 920.8?K for plane strain. Our PFA simulations demonstrated barrierless surface-induced melt nucleation below these temperatures and propagation of two solid-melt interfaces toward each other at the temperatures very close to the corresponding predicted thermodynamic equilibrium temperatures for the heating rate Q?1.51×10{sup 10}K/s. At higher heating rates, kinetic superheating competes with a reduction in melting temperature and melting under uniaxial strain occurs at 902.1?K for Q?=?1.51?×?10{sup 11?}K/s and 936.9?K for Q?=?1.46?×?10{sup 12?}K/s.

  12. Snow Dunes: A Controlling Factor of Melt Pond Distribution on Arctic Sea Ice

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    Petrich, Chris; Eicken, Hajo; Polashenski, Christopher M.; Sturm, Matthew; Harbeck, Jeremy P.; Perovich, Donald K.; Finnegan, David C.

    2012-01-01

    The location of snow dunes over the course of the ice-growth season 2007/08 was mapped on level landfast first-year sea ice near Barrow, Alaska. Landfast ice formed in mid-December and exhibited essentially homogeneous snow depths of 4-6 cm in mid-January; by early February distinct snow dunes were observed. Despite additional snowfall and wind redistribution throughout the season, the location of the dunes was fixed by March, and these locations were highly correlated with the distribution of meltwater ponds at the beginning of June. Our observations, including ground-based light detection and ranging system (lidar) measurements, show that melt ponds initially form in the interstices between snow dunes, and that the outline of the melt ponds is controlled by snow depth contours. The resulting preferential surface ablation of ponded ice creates the surface topography that later determines the melt pond evolution.

  13. Continued Melting of Greenland Ice-Sheet Regulated Northern Hemisphere Climate During the Last Interglacial

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    Govin, A.; Michel, E.; Marti, O.; Braconnot, P.; Jansen, E.; Labeyrie, L.; Landais, A.; Mosquet, E.; Risebrobakken, B.; Swingedouw, D.; Waelbroeck, C.

    2008-12-01

    The evolution of Northern Hemisphere climate during the Last Interglacial (LIG) (129--118 ka) is significant for the study of future climate changes as it may provide information on the climate system responses and feedbacks to radiative forcing (Jansen et al. 2007). We present here a comparison of foraminiferal records from high latitude deep-sea cores with model simulations over the LIG period. We compare high-resolution benthic oxygen and carbon isotope composition records, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Ice-Rafted Detritus (IRD) records from a Southern Ocean core with three North Atlantic cores at different water--depth, and one Norwegian Sea core. Our strategy is to correlate in details high latitude sea surface records from both hemispheres with corresponding ice isotopic records using atmospheric markers for the interhemispheric correlation (e.g. Blunier et al 1998; Landais et al 2003). We observe persistent iceberg melting at the beginning of the LIG which maintained relatively cold and fresh surface-water conditions in the North Atlantic and the Nordic Seas between 129 and 125 ka. Similarly, benthic ?13C data indicate different LIG deep-water ventilation patterns, with North Atlantic Deep Waters sinking shallower during the 129--125 ka interval than during the later climatic optimum. The establishment of peak interglacial conditions in the high northern latitudes and associated strengthening of North Atlantic thermohaline circulation were delayed in consequence. Simulations with the IPSL--CM4 ocean--atmosphere coupled model (Marti et al. 2005) suggest that our results are consistent with the impact of a continued melting of Greenland ice sheet on Northern Hemisphere climate, in response to a particularly high boreal summer insolation.

  14. Chapter 1 x Introduction 63 C1.2 When a person ice-skates, the ice surface actually melts beneath the blades, so

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    Bahrami, Majid

    Chapter 1 x Introduction 63 C1.2 When a person ice-skates, the ice surface actually melts beneath was a good one? Solution: (a) The skate bottom and the melted ice are like two parallel plates: P W P W, ( V the blades, so that he or she skates on a thin film of water between the blade and the ice. (a) Find

  15. Circulation of modified Circumpolar Deep Water and basal melt beneath the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica

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    Herraiz-Borreguero, Laura; Coleman, Richard; Allison, Ian; Rintoul, Stephen R.; Craven, Mike; Williams, Guy D.

    2015-04-01

    Antarctic ice sheet mass loss has been linked to an increase in oceanic heat supply, which enhances basal melt and thinning of ice shelves. Here we detail the interaction of modified Circumpolar Deep Water (mCDW) with the Amery Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in East Antarctica, and provide the first estimates of basal melting due to mCDW. We use subice shelf ocean observations from a borehole site (AM02) situated ˜70 km inshore of the ice shelf front, together with open ocean observations in Prydz Bay. We find that mCDW transport into the cavity is about 0.22 ± 0.06 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s-1). The inflow of mCDW drives a net basal melt rate of up to 2 ± 0.5 m yr-1 during 2001 (23.9 ± 6.52 Gt yr-1 from under about 12,800 km2 of the north-eastern flank of the ice shelf). The heat content flux by mCDW at AM02 shows high intra-annual variability (up to 40%). Our results suggest two main modes of subice shelf circulation and basal melt regimes: (1) the "ice pump"/high salinity shelf water circulation, on the western flank and (2) the mCDW meltwater-driven circulation in conjunction with the "ice pump," on the eastern flank. These results highlight the sensitivity of the Amery's basal melting to changes in mCDW inflow. Improved understanding of such ice shelf-ocean interaction is crucial to refining projections of mass loss and associated sea level rise.

  16. A data-constrained model for compatibility check of remotely sensed basal melting with the hydrography in front of Antarctic ice shelves

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    Olbers, D.; Hellmer, H. H.; Buck, F. F. J. H.

    2014-02-01

    The ice shelf caverns around Antarctica are sources of cold and fresh water which contributes to the formation of Antarctic bottom water and thus to the ventilation of the deep basins of the World Ocean. While a realistic simulation of the cavern circulation requires high resolution, because of the complicated bottom topography and ice shelf morphology, the physics of melting and freezing at the ice shelf base is relatively simple. We have developed an analytically solvable box model of the cavern thermohaline state, using the formulation of melting and freezing as in Olbers and Hellmer (2010). There is high resolution along the cavern's path of the overturning circulation whereas the cross-path resolution is fairly coarse. The circulation in the cavern is prescribed and used as a tuning parameter to constrain the solution by attempting to match observed ranges for outflow temperature and salinity at the ice shelf front as well as of the mean basal melt rate. The method, tested for six Antarctic ice shelves, can be used for a quick estimate of melt/freeze rates and the overturning rate in particular caverns, given the temperature and salinity of the inflow and the above mentioned constrains for outflow and melting. In turn, the model can also be used for testing the compatibility of remotely sensed basal mass loss with observed cavern inflow characteristics.

  17. Thermohaline circulation below the Ross Ice Shelf - A consequence of tidally induced vertical mixing and basal melting

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    Macayeal, D. R.

    1984-01-01

    The warmest water below parts of the Ross Ice Shelf resides in the lowest portion of the water column because of its high salinity. Vertical mixing caused by tidal stirring can thus induce ablation by lifting the warm but dense water into contact with the ice shelf. A numerical tidal simulation indicates that vertically well-mixed conditions predominate in the southeastern part of the sub-ice shelf cavity, where the water column thickness is small. Basal melting in this region is expected to be between 0.05 and 0.5 m/yr and will drive a thermohaline circulation having the following characteristics: high salinity shelf water (at - 1.8 C), formed by winter sea ice production in the open Ross Sea, flows along the seabed toward the tidal mixing fronts below the ice shelf; and meltwater (at -2.2 C), produced in the well-mixed region, flows out of the sub-ice shelf cavity along the ice shelf bottom. Sensitivity of this ablation process to climatic change is expected to be small because high salinity shelf water is constrained to have the sea surface freezing temperature.

  18. Recalibration of Coupled Optical/Thermal MODIS Infrared Surface Melt Magnitude Retrieval During the Spatially-Extensive 2012 Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Event

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    Karmosky, C. C.; Lampkin, D. J.; Reusch, D. B.; Reasons, J.

    2014-12-01

    Satellite based assessments of melt from passive microwave systems are typically used to detect the presence of surface melt on ice sheets and ice shelves, although they are limited in that they only provide an indication of melt occurrence and have coarse spatial resolution. This works further develops an algorithm for retrieving surface melt magnitude using coupled near-IR and thermal surface measurements from MODIS, calibrated by estimates of liquid water fraction (LWF) in the upper 1cm of the firn derived from a one-dimensional thermal snowmelt model (SNTHERM). SNTHERM was forced by hourly meteorological data from automatic weather station (AWS) data at several reference sites spanning a range of melt conditions across the Greenland Ice Sheet during the most extensive melt season in the MODIS satellite record, 2012. Effective melt magnitude or LWF was derived for 8-day composite periods covering the summer months of July and August at a 1km resolution over the entire ice sheet. This work represents a step forward in characterizing not only melt occurrence and duration but also melt magnitude, and at a higher spatial resolution than current passive microwave melt detection methods. Calibration using the 2012 melt season will allow detection of a wider range of surface melt conditions than prior assessments.

  19. Methane excess in Arctic surface water- triggered by sea ice formation and melting.

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    Damm, E; Rudels, B; Schauer, U; Mau, S; Dieckmann, G

    2015-01-01

    Arctic amplification of global warming has led to increased summer sea ice retreat, which influences gas exchange between the Arctic Ocean and the atmosphere where sea ice previously acted as a physical barrier. Indeed, recently observed enhanced atmospheric methane concentrations in Arctic regions with fractional sea-ice cover point to unexpected feedbacks in cycling of methane. We report on methane excess in sea ice-influenced water masses in the interior Arctic Ocean and provide evidence that sea ice is a potential source. We show that methane release from sea ice into the ocean occurs via brine drainage during freezing and melting i.e. in winter and spring. In summer under a fractional sea ice cover, reduced turbulence restricts gas transfer, then seawater acts as buffer in which methane remains entrained. However, in autumn and winter surface convection initiates pronounced efflux of methane from the ice covered ocean to the atmosphere. Our results demonstrate that sea ice-sourced methane cycles seasonally between sea ice, sea-ice-influenced seawater and the atmosphere, while the deeper ocean remains decoupled. Freshening due to summer sea ice retreat will enhance this decoupling, which restricts the capacity of the deeper Arctic Ocean to act as a sink for this greenhouse gas. PMID:26553610

  20. Methane excess in Arctic surface water- triggered by sea ice formation and melting

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    Damm, E.; Rudels, B.; Schauer, U.; Mau, S.; Dieckmann, G.

    2015-01-01

    Arctic amplification of global warming has led to increased summer sea ice retreat, which influences gas exchange between the Arctic Ocean and the atmosphere where sea ice previously acted as a physical barrier. Indeed, recently observed enhanced atmospheric methane concentrations in Arctic regions with fractional sea-ice cover point to unexpected feedbacks in cycling of methane. We report on methane excess in sea ice-influenced water masses in the interior Arctic Ocean and provide evidence that sea ice is a potential source. We show that methane release from sea ice into the ocean occurs via brine drainage during freezing and melting i.e. in winter and spring. In summer under a fractional sea ice cover, reduced turbulence restricts gas transfer, then seawater acts as buffer in which methane remains entrained. However, in autumn and winter surface convection initiates pronounced efflux of methane from the ice covered ocean to the atmosphere. Our results demonstrate that sea ice-sourced methane cycles seasonally between sea ice, sea-ice-influenced seawater and the atmosphere, while the deeper ocean remains decoupled. Freshening due to summer sea ice retreat will enhance this decoupling, which restricts the capacity of the deeper Arctic Ocean to act as a sink for this greenhouse gas. PMID:26553610

  1. Methane excess in Arctic surface water- triggered by sea ice formation and melting

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    Damm, E.; Rudels, B.; Schauer, U.; Mau, S.; Dieckmann, G.

    2015-11-01

    Arctic amplification of global warming has led to increased summer sea ice retreat, which influences gas exchange between the Arctic Ocean and the atmosphere where sea ice previously acted as a physical barrier. Indeed, recently observed enhanced atmospheric methane concentrations in Arctic regions with fractional sea-ice cover point to unexpected feedbacks in cycling of methane. We report on methane excess in sea ice-influenced water masses in the interior Arctic Ocean and provide evidence that sea ice is a potential source. We show that methane release from sea ice into the ocean occurs via brine drainage during freezing and melting i.e. in winter and spring. In summer under a fractional sea ice cover, reduced turbulence restricts gas transfer, then seawater acts as buffer in which methane remains entrained. However, in autumn and winter surface convection initiates pronounced efflux of methane from the ice covered ocean to the atmosphere. Our results demonstrate that sea ice-sourced methane cycles seasonally between sea ice, sea-ice-influenced seawater and the atmosphere, while the deeper ocean remains decoupled. Freshening due to summer sea ice retreat will enhance this decoupling, which restricts the capacity of the deeper Arctic Ocean to act as a sink for this greenhouse gas.

  2. Amplified melt and flow of the Greenland ice sheet driven by late-summer cyclonic rainfall

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    Doyle, Samuel H.; Hubbard, Alun; van de Wal, Roderik S. W.; Box, Jason E.; van As, Dirk; Scharrer, Kilian; Meierbachtol, Toby W.; Smeets, Paul C. J. P.; Harper, Joel T.; Johansson, Emma; Mottram, Ruth H.; Mikkelsen, Andreas B.; Wilhelms, Frank; Patton, Henry; Christoffersen, Poul; Hubbard, Bryn

    2015-08-01

    Intense rainfall events significantly affect Alpine and Alaskan glaciers through enhanced melting, ice-flow acceleration and subglacial sediment erosion, yet their impact on the Greenland ice sheet has not been assessed. Here we present measurements of ice velocity, subglacial water pressure and meteorological variables from the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet during a week of warm, wet cyclonic weather in late August and early September 2011. We find that extreme surface runoff from melt and rainfall led to a widespread acceleration in ice flow that extended 140 km into the ice-sheet interior. We suggest that the late-season timing was critical in promoting rapid runoff across an extensive bare ice surface that overwhelmed a subglacial hydrological system in transition to a less-efficient winter mode. Reanalysis data reveal that similar cyclonic weather conditions prevailed across southern and western Greenland during this time, and we observe a corresponding ice-flow response at all land- and marine-terminating glaciers in these regions for which data are available. Given that the advection of warm, moist air masses and rainfall over Greenland is expected to become more frequent in the coming decades, our findings portend a previously unforeseen vulnerability of the Greenland ice sheet to climate change.

  3. Export of Algal Biomass from the Melting Arctic Sea Ice

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    Boetius, Antje; Albrecht, Sebastian; Bakker, Karel; Bienhold, Christina; Felden, Janine; Fernández-Méndez, Mar; Hendricks, Stefan; Katlein, Christian; Lalande, Catherine; Krumpen, Thomas; Nicolaus, Marcel; Peeken, Ilka; Rabe, Benjamin; Rogacheva, Antonina; Rybakova, Elena; Somavilla, Raquel; Wenzhöfer, Frank; aff1

    2013-03-01

    In the Arctic, under-ice primary production is limited to summer months and is restricted not only by ice thickness and snow cover but also by the stratification of the water column, which constrains nutrient supply for algal growth. Research Vessel Polarstern visited the ice-covered eastern-central basins between 82° to 89°N and 30° to 130°E in summer 2012, when Arctic sea ice declined to a record minimum. During this cruise, we observed a widespread deposition of ice algal biomass of on average 9 grams of carbon per square meter to the deep-sea floor of the central Arctic basins. Data from this cruise will contribute to assessing the effect of current climate change on Arctic productivity, biodiversity, and ecological function.

  4. Export of algal biomass from the melting Arctic sea ice.

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    Boetius, Antje; Albrecht, Sebastian; Bakker, Karel; Bienhold, Christina; Felden, Janine; Fernández-Méndez, Mar; Hendricks, Stefan; Katlein, Christian; Lalande, Catherine; Krumpen, Thomas; Nicolaus, Marcel; Peeken, Ilka; Rabe, Benjamin; Rogacheva, Antonina; Rybakova, Elena; Somavilla, Raquel; Wenzhöfer, Frank

    2013-03-22

    In the Arctic, under-ice primary production is limited to summer months and is restricted not only by ice thickness and snow cover but also by the stratification of the water column, which constrains nutrient supply for algal growth. Research Vessel Polarstern visited the ice-covered eastern-central basins between 82° to 89°N and 30° to 130°E in summer 2012, when Arctic sea ice declined to a record minimum. During this cruise, we observed a widespread deposition of ice algal biomass of on average 9 grams of carbon per square meter to the deep-sea floor of the central Arctic basins. Data from this cruise will contribute to assessing the effect of current climate change on Arctic productivity, biodiversity, and ecological function. PMID:23413190

  5. Physical Mechanisms Controlling Interannual and Seasonal Variations in Melt Pond Evolution on First-Year Sea Ice in the Canadian Arctic

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    Landy, J.; Ehn, J. K.; Shields, M.; Barber, D. G.

    2014-12-01

    At the transition between spring and summer, melt ponds form and evolve at the surface of Arctic sea ice, significantly modifying energy exchanges between the ice, atmosphere and ocean. Past observations have demonstrated that the fractional coverage of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice can vary widely over the course of a melt season, between years in the same location, and between regions. Here we present two years of melt pond observations from landfast, first-year sea ice in the Canadian Arctic, and analyze which physical mechanisms were responsible for considerable interannual variations in melt pond coverage. In general, the key factors affecting pond coverage were: (1) premelt surface topography, (2) the number of drainage features in the ice and locations of drainage channels, (3) the evolution of ice temperature, and (4) the surface energy balance. Terrestrial LiDAR measurements showed that the premelt topography was rougher in 2011 than in 2012, which led to interannual variations in maximum pond coverage and hydraulic head of 20 pp and 7 cm, respectively. A change in the meltwater balance (production minus drainage) caused the ponds to spread or recede over an area that was almost 90% larger in 2012 than in 2011. The LiDAR measurements also demonstrated that premelt topography was modified due to preferential melting under meltwater drainage channels. Some melt ponds in areas of low-lying premelt topography were unexpectedly drained as the ponds became elevated above deepening channels. Although the sea ice cover was 0.35 m thinner in 2012 than in 2011, ice interior temperatures remained colder later into June, delaying a transition in ice permeability that would allow vertical meltwater drainage from ponds. This permeability transition was observed in 2011 and contributed to a significant drop in pond coverage. For more information see: Landy, J., J. Ehn, M. Shields, and D. Barber (2014), Surface and melt pond evolution on landfast first-year sea ice in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JC009617.

  6. Contribution of glacial melt water to the recent Southern Ocean sea ice increase

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    Haid, Verena; Iovino, Dorotea

    2015-04-01

    In recent years climate change and global warming are topics that are discussed everywhere. Big concerns are the melting of land ice, the reduced summer sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean, and the general decline of the cryosphere. In contrast to those scenarios, the response of Antarctic sea ice to a warming climate is elaborate and puzzling: sea ice extent has been slightly increasing on a circumpolar scale during the last decades. Atmospheric data analysis ascribed this expansion to changes in the wind dynamics; simulations with climate-scale ocean model suggest that accelerated basal melting of ice shelves plays a major role. We investigate the influence of the glacial melt water on the sea ice of the Southern Ocean on the circumpolar and regional scales employing the ocean/sea ice NEMO-LIM coupled system at eddy-permitting resolution. The forcing of the sea ice-ocean model is supplied from the ERA-Interim data set. After a 25-year spin-up period the reference run supplies a realistic simulation of the period 2004-2013. Different volumes and distributions of melt water are applied in individual model runs spanning the same period and results are compared with the reference run. The results of this study will increase our understanding of the effect of climate change on the Southern Ocean at present and thus also of the future development. Questions like how long the increasing trend in sea ice will last or how fast it will be reversed once the tipping point is reached will be able to be addressed with more accuracy.

  7. Method for Synthesizing Extremeley High Temperature Melting Materials

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    Saboungi, Marie-Louise and Glorieux, Benoit

    2005-11-22

    The invention relates to a method of synthesizing high-temperature melting materials. More specifically the invention relates to a containerless method of synthesizing very high temperature melting materials such as borides, carbides and transition-metal, lanthanide and actinide oxides, using an Aerodynamic Levitator and a laser. The object of the invention is to provide a method for synthesizing extremely high-temperature melting materials that are otherwise difficult to produce, without the use of containers, allowing the manipulation of the phase (amorphous/crystalline/metastable) and permitting changes of the environment such as different gaseous compositions.

  8. Possible places for subsurface clathrate decomposition and ice melting on Mars

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    Kereszturi, A.

    We analyzed the subsurface pressure environment from the point of view of the ice melting or clathrate decomposition. Based on our results the best places for these are the unconsolidated sediments where the changes in the overburden pressure can cause changes in the subsurface pressure too. Below the periodically growing and shrinking ice cap we have perfect places for the process. We modelled the changes of the pres- sure and the possible volume of the melted water or decomposed clathrate below the ice cap under different conditions (pore volume, sediment and ice thickness), and its consequence on the atmospheric water and carbondioxide content of Mars. We found that this process could take part significantly in the periodic changes and our model can be build in in the new models of the climate changes of Mars as an interesting, somewhat self regulating process.

  9. Channelized ice melting in the ocean boundary layer beneath Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica.

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    Stanton, T P; Shaw, W J; Truffer, M; Corr, H F J; Peters, L E; Riverman, K L; Bindschadler, R; Holland, D M; Anandakrishnan, S

    2013-09-13

    Ice shelves play a key role in the mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheets by buttressing their seaward-flowing outlet glaciers; however, they are exposed to the underlying ocean and may weaken if ocean thermal forcing increases. An expedition to the ice shelf of the remote Pine Island Glacier, a major outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet that has rapidly thinned and accelerated in recent decades, has been completed. Observations from geophysical surveys and long-term oceanographic instruments deployed down bore holes into the ocean cavity reveal a buoyancy-driven boundary layer within a basal channel that melts the channel apex by 0.06 meter per day, with near-zero melt rates along the flanks of the channel. A complex pattern of such channels is visible throughout the Pine Island Glacier shelf. PMID:24031016

  10. Can Arctic sea-ice melt be explained by atmospheric meridional transports? (Invited)

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    Tjernstrom, M. K.; Graversen, R. G.

    2010-12-01

    The Arctic summer sea ice is melting away at an alarming rate, and it is now expected that an principally sea-ice free Arctic summer will occur much earlier than projected by the IPCC AR4 models. At the same time Arctic near-surface temperatures are rising at a rate much faster than the global average. The processes responsible for these changes are debated and many claim that local feedbacks, such as the surface albedo feedback, are the main culprits while other argue that remote effects, such as atmospheric circulation changes on synoptic and hemispheric scales, are the most important. We will explore the effects of the meridional transport by synoptic and larger scale atmospheric circulation on recent changes, using reanalysis data. It will be illustarated how this transport can contribute significant amounts of sensible heat, but also of atmospheric moisture such that local cloud feedbacks as well as the direct greenhouse effect of the water vapor contributes significantly to the surface energy balance over the Arctic polar cap.

  11. Non-equilibrium melting processes of silicate melts with different silica content at low-temperature plasma

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    Vlasov, V.; Volokitin, G.; Skripnikova, N.; Volokitin, O.; Shekhovtsov, V.; Pfuch, A.

    2015-11-01

    This article is devoted to research the possibility of high-temperature silicate melts producing from different silica content at low-temperature plasma taking into account nonequilibrium melting processes.

  12. Massively parallel molecular-dynamics simulation of ice crystallisation and melting: The roles of system size, ensemble, and electrostatics

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    English, Niall J.

    2014-12-01

    Ice crystallisation and melting was studied via massively parallel molecular dynamics under periodic boundary conditions, using approximately spherical ice nano-particles (both "isolated" and as a series of heterogeneous "seeds") of varying size, surrounded by liquid water and at a variety of temperatures. These studies were performed for a series of systems ranging in size from ˜1 × 106 to 8.6 × 106 molecules, in order to establish system-size effects upon the nano-clusters" crystallisation and dissociation kinetics. Both "traditional" four-site and "single-site" and water models were used, with and without formal point charges, dipoles, and electrostatics, respectively. Simulations were carried out in the microcanonical and isothermal-isobaric ensembles, to assess the influence of "artificial" thermo- and baro-statting, and important disparities were observed, which declined upon using larger systems. It was found that there was a dependence upon system size for both ice growth and dissociation, in that larger systems favoured slower growth and more rapid melting, given the lower extent of "communication" of ice nano-crystallites with their periodic replicae in neighbouring boxes. Although the single-site model exhibited less variation with system size vis-à-vis the multiple-site representation with explicit electrostatics, its crystallisation-dissociation kinetics was artificially fast.

  13. The melt pond fraction and spectral sea ice albedo retrieval from MERIS data: validation and trends of sea ice albedo and melt pond fraction in the Arctic for years 2002-2011

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    Istomina, L.; Heygster, G.; Huntemann, M.; Schwarz, P.; Birnbaum, G.; Scharien, R.; Polashenski, C.; Perovich, D.; Zege, E.; Malinka, A.; Prikhach, A.; Katsev, I.

    2014-10-01

    The presence of melt ponds on the Arctic sea ice strongly affects the energy balance of the Arctic Ocean in summer. It affects albedo as well as transmittance through the sea ice, which has consequences on the heat balance and mass balance of sea ice. An algorithm to retrieve melt pond fraction and sea ice albedo (Zege et al., 2014) from the MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) data is validated against aerial, ship borne and in situ campaign data. The result show the best correlation for landfast and multiyear ice of high ice concentrations (albedo: R = 0.92, RMS = 0.068, melt pond fraction: R = 0.6, RMS = 0.065). The correlation for lower ice concentrations, subpixel ice floes, blue ice and wet ice is lower due to complicated surface conditions and ice drift. Combining all aerial observations gives a mean albedo RMS equal to 0.089 and a mean melt pond fraction RMS equal to 0.22. The in situ melt pond fraction correlation is R = 0.72 with an RMS = 0.14. Ship cruise data might be affected by documentation of varying accuracy within the ASPeCT protocol, which is the reason for discrepancy between the satellite value and observed value: mean R = 0.21, mean RMS = 0.16. An additional dynamic spatial cloud filter for MERIS over snow and ice has been developed to assist with the validation on swath data. The case studies and trend analysis for the whole MERIS period (2002-2011) show pronounced and reasonable spatial features of melt pond fractions and sea ice albedo. The most prominent feature is the melt onset shifting towards spring (starting already in weeks 3 and 4 of June) within the multiyear ice area, north to the Queen Elizabeth Islands and North Greenland.

  14. Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1,*

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    Chan, Derek Y C

    Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water Ivan U. Vakarelski,1,* Derek drag of ice-shell- metal-core spheres free falling in water at a Reynolds of number Re 2 × 104 ­3 × 105 and demonstrate that the melting surface induces the early onset of the drag crisis, thus reducing

  15. Melting of the Patagonian Ice Sheet and deglacial perturbations of the nitrogen cycle in the eastern South Pacific

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    Cattin, Rodolphe

    Melting of the Patagonian Ice Sheet and deglacial perturbations of the nitrogen cycle), Melting of the Patagonian Ice Sheet and deglacial perturbations of the nitrogen cycle in the eastern South off northern Chile based on sedimentary nitrogen isotopes. Our results show a relatively early, large

  16. Increased Arctic sea ice volume after anomalously low melting in 2013

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    Tilling, Rachel L.; Ridout, Andy; Shepherd, Andrew; Wingham, Duncan J.

    2015-08-01

    Changes in Arctic sea ice volume affect regional heat and freshwater budgets and patterns of atmospheric circulation at lower latitudes. Despite a well-documented decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent by about 40% since the late 1970s, it has been difficult to quantify trends in sea ice volume because detailed thickness observations have been lacking. Here we present an assessment of the changes in Northern Hemisphere sea ice thickness and volume using five years of CryoSat-2 measurements. Between autumn 2010 and 2012, there was a 14% reduction in Arctic sea ice volume, in keeping with the long-term decline in extent. However, we observe 33% and 25% more ice in autumn 2013 and 2014, respectively, relative to the 2010-2012 seasonal mean, which offset earlier losses. This increase was caused by the retention of thick sea ice northwest of Greenland during 2013 which, in turn, was associated with a 5% drop in the number of days on which melting occurred--conditions more typical of the late 1990s. In contrast, springtime Arctic sea ice volume has remained stable. The sharp increase in sea ice volume after just one cool summer suggests that Arctic sea ice may be more resilient than has been previously considered.

  17. Effect of Thermal Radiation on Melting Times of DT Ice Layers in Polymer-Capsule Targets for IFE Reactors

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    Gosnell, Timothy R.; Hoffer, James K.

    2004-06-15

    Estimates of the time-to-melt for cryogenic DT inertial fusion targets in the presence of thermal radiation are presented. This time is defined as that required for thermal radiation in a hypothetical reactor to raise the temperature of small polymer capsules containing solid DT by 1 K and to fully liquefy the contents. The time estimates are in turn based on estimates of the infrared absorption spectra of both solid DT and the polymer capsule material. Assuming typical target dimensions and rapid equilibration of the target temperature, the estimates show that the absorption of thermal radiation and subsequent heating of likely capsule materials will dominate the corresponding quantities of DT ice and thus that the former effect largely determines the time-to-melt of the target. Specific estimates are made for capsules fabricated from Kapton{sup TM} polyimide. Comparisons are also made for capsules coated with reflective metal coatings, and the potential benefit of these coatings is discussed.

  18. Determination of melting temperature and temperature melting range for DNA with multi-peak differential melting curves

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    melting range High-resolution melting profiles Plasmid DNA Calf thymus DNA a b s t r a c t Many factors as well as alterations in DNA thermal stability and heterogeneity. Here, experiments and computer modeling on the thermal stability of the double helix and the tem- perature melting range reflects their influence on DNA

  19. Heat sources for glacial ice melt in a west Greenland tidewater outlet glacier fjord: The role of subglacial freshwater discharge

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    Bendtsen, Jørgen; Mortensen, John; Lennert, Kunuk; Rysgaard, Søren

    2015-05-01

    The melting of tidewater outlet glaciers from the Greenland Ice Sheet contributes significantly to global sea level rise. Accelerated mass loss is related to melt processes in front of calving glaciers, yet the role of ocean heat transports is poorly understood. Here we present the first direct measurements from a subglacial plume in front of a calving tidewater outlet glacier. Surface salinity in the plume corresponded to a meltwater content of 7%, which is indicative of significant entrainment of warm bottom water and, according to plume model calculations, significant ice melt. Energy balance of the area near the glacier showed that ice melt was mainly due to ocean heat transport and that direct plume-associated melt was only important in periods with high meltwater discharge rates of ~100 m3 s-1. Ocean mixing outside of the plume area was thus the primary heat source for melting glacier ice.

  20. New insights into ice growth and melting modifications by antifreeze proteins

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    Bar-Dolev, Maya; Celik, Yeliz; Wettlaufer, J. S.; Davies, Peter L.; Braslavsky, Ido

    2012-01-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) evolved in many organisms, allowing them to survive in cold climates by controlling ice crystal growth. The specific interactions of AFPs with ice determine their potential applications in agriculture, food preservation and medicine. AFPs control the shapes of ice crystals in a manner characteristic of the particular AFP type. Moderately active AFPs cause the formation of elongated bipyramidal crystals, often with seemingly defined facets, while hyperactive AFPs produce more varied crystal shapes. These different morphologies are generally considered to be growth shapes. In a series of bright light and fluorescent microscopy observations of ice crystals in solutions containing different AFPs, we show that crystal shaping also occurs during melting. In particular, the characteristic ice shapes observed in solutions of most hyperactive AFPs are formed during melting. We relate these findings to the affinities of the hyperactive AFPs for the basal plane of ice. Our results demonstrate the relation between basal plane affinity and hyperactivity and show a clear difference in the ice-shaping mechanisms of most moderate and hyperactive AFPs. This study provides key aspects associated with the identification of hyperactive AFPs. PMID:22787007

  1. Sensitive response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to surface melt drainage over a soft bed.

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    Bougamont, M; Christoffersen, P; Hubbard, A L; Fitzpatrick, A A; Doyle, S H; Carter, S P

    2014-01-01

    The dynamic response of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) depends on feedbacks between surface meltwater delivery to the subglacial environment and ice flow. Recent work has highlighted an important role of hydrological processes in regulating the ice flow, but models have so far overlooked the mechanical effect of soft basal sediment. Here we use a three-dimensional model to investigate hydrological controls on a GrIS soft-bedded region. Our results demonstrate that weakening and strengthening of subglacial sediment, associated with the seasonal delivery of surface meltwater to the bed, modulates ice flow consistent with observations. We propose that sedimentary control on ice flow is a viable alternative to existing models of evolving hydrological systems, and find a strong link between the annual flow stability, and the frequency of high meltwater discharge events. Consequently, the observed GrIS resilience to enhanced melt could be compromised if runoff variability increases further with future climate warming. PMID:25262753

  2. Sensitive response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to surface melt drainage over a soft bed

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    Bougamont, M.; Christoffersen, P.; Hubbard, A. L.,; Fitzpatrick, A. A.; Doyle, S. H.; Carter, S. P.

    2014-09-01

    The dynamic response of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) depends on feedbacks between surface meltwater delivery to the subglacial environment and ice flow. Recent work has highlighted an important role of hydrological processes in regulating the ice flow, but models have so far overlooked the mechanical effect of soft basal sediment. Here we use a three-dimensional model to investigate hydrological controls on a GrIS soft-bedded region. Our results demonstrate that weakening and strengthening of subglacial sediment, associated with the seasonal delivery of surface meltwater to the bed, modulates ice flow consistent with observations. We propose that sedimentary control on ice flow is a viable alternative to existing models of evolving hydrological systems, and find a strong link between the annual flow stability, and the frequency of high meltwater discharge events. Consequently, the observed GrIS resilience to enhanced melt could be compromised if runoff variability increases further with future climate warming.

  3. Sediment plume response to surface melting and supraglacial lake drainages on the Greenland ice sheet

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    Space Center, Technical University of Denmark, Ørsteds Plads Building 348, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark concentration from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) imagery and field data; (2) ice extent and timing with passive microwave, thermal and scatterometer satellite data and show melt

  4. Quantifying the AMOC feedbacks during a 2CO2 stabilization experiment with land-ice melting

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    Guilyardi, Eric

    Circulation (AMOC) to an increase in atmo- spheric CO2 concentration is analyzed using the IPSL-CM4 coupledQuantifying the AMOC feedbacks during a 2·CO2 stabilization experiment with land-ice melting D ocean­atmosphere model. Two simulations are integrated for 70 years with 1%/year increase in CO2

  5. 2 Internal melting in Antarctic sea ice: Development of ``gap layers'' 3 S. F. Ackley,1

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    Texas at San Antonio, University of

    -obligate seals and 31 penguins as a haul-out area for breeding, molting, and 32 birthing activity [Ackley et al in the Antarctic therefore poses a similar 35 ecological threat as predicted for the Arctic system's pop- 36 accelerate melting by 63increasing the absorption of solar radiation within the sea 64ice. Algal blooms

  6. Melting Arctic Sea Ice Dries the American West

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    Sewall, J. O.; Sloan, L. C.

    2003-12-01

    Over the last century, Arctic sea ice cover has decreased dramatically and many researchers expect that future greenhouse warming will exacerbate this trend. The prospect of a warmer Arctic with less ice raises many environmental and economic questions, one of which is: How will reduced Arctic ice cover effect extrapolar climates? Using the fully coupled NCAR CCSM we completed a multi-century simulation of global climate responses to reduced Arctic sea ice cover. While the global average climate response is muted, regional responses to the imposed forcing are significant. One of the more striking regional responses is a shift in storm tracks that drives a 50-100% increase in annual evaporation minus precipitation over the American West, a region where limited water resources are already a significant problem. This result highlights two well-known aspects of climate change: (1) relatively small global changes can be composed of significant regional changes and (2) changes in one region can have a large impact on distant locations. Both of these facts will become increasingly important as researchers and policy makers attempt to untangle the looming thicket of climate change impacts and feedbacks.

  7. Satellite observation of winter season subsurface liquid melt water retention on the Greenland ice sheet using spectroradiometer and scatterometer data

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    Miller, J. Z.; Forster, R. R.; Long, D. G.; Brewer, S.

    2013-12-01

    The recently discovered perennial firn aquifer (PFA) represents a new glacier facie and a previously undefined liquid water storage mechanism on the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS). The current hypothesis suggests that at least two geophysical processes control the formation of the PFA: 1) high melt rates that saturate snow and firn layers with liquid water during the melt season, and 2) high snow accumulation rates that subsequently insulate this saturated layer allowing it to be retained in liquid form during the winter season. The PFA is potentially an important component in ice sheet mass and energy budget calculations, however, large-scale observations linking surface melt, subsurface liquid melt water retention, and the PFA currently do not exist. Satellite-borne spectroradiometers and scatterometers are frequently used to detect the presence of liquid water content over the GrIS. The sensor's penetration depth is dependent on the frequency (which determines wavelength) and time-varying geophysical properties (which determine absorption and scattering characteristics). At shorter spectral wavelengths, penetration depths are limited at the interface between the ice sheet surface and the atmosphere. Spectroradiometer-derived retrievals of liquid water content represent an integrated response on the order of a few millimeters. At longer microwave wavelengths (C- and Ku-band), penetration depths are increased. Scatterometer-derived retrievals of liquid water content represent an integrated response on the order of a few centimeters to several meters. We combine spectroradiometer data acquired from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard Terra and Aqua (MODIS) and C- and Ku-band scatterometer data acquired from MetOP-A (ASCAT) and OceanSAT-2 (OSCAT) to investigate the spatiotemporal variability of subsurface liquid water content on the GrIS. Penetration depth differences are exploited to distinguish between the detection of liquid water content controlled by surface heat flux and the detection of subsurface liquid water content controlled by the retention process. Surface freeze-up is identified using MODIS-derived ice surface temperatures. We then identify distinct microwave signatures suggesting the presence of subsurface liquid water content, characterize the stratigraphy and geophysical processes controlling the observed response, and derive a retrieval algorithm using a simple radiative transfer model. Over the 4 year time series (2009-2013), results indicate subsurface liquid melt water persists within Ku-band penetration depth up to ~1 month and within C-band penetration depth between ~1-5 months following surface-freeze-up. Detection occurs exclusively in regions where the PFA has previously been mapped using field (Arctic Circle Traverse) and airborne (IceBridge) observations and the spatial extent is consistent with regional climate model (RACMO2) simulations.

  8. Spatial and temporal evolution of melt pond area and depth based on Arctic sea ice simulations from 1990 to 2012

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    Schroeder, D.; Feltham, D. L.; Flocco, D.

    2012-12-01

    Melt ponds form on Arctic sea ice during the melting season and their presence affects the heat and mass balances of the ice cover, mainly by decreasing the value of the surface albedo by up to 20%. We have developed a melt pond model suitable for forecasting the presence of melt ponds based on sea ice conditions. This model has been incorporated into the Los Alamos CICE sea ice model, the sea ice component of several IPCC climate models. Simulations for the period 1990 to 2012 are in good agreement with observed ice concentration. The maximum pond area occurs in the beginning of July with an Arctic mean of 25% (fraction of sea ice). The inter-annual variability is strong with the lowest maximum fraction of 15% in 1996 and the highest maximum fraction of 38% in 2011. In 2007, the melt pond area is exceptionally high in the early season (June). Spatial distributions show variation of pond fraction between 5% and 70%. The reasons for the inhomogeneity are analyzed with respect to driving factors: melt rate, sea ice topography, loss of melt water (e.g. due to leads and ridging).

  9. Melting dynamics of large ice balls in a turbulent swirling flow

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    Machicoane, N; Volk, R

    2013-01-01

    We study the melting dynamics of large ice balls in a turbulent von Karman flow at very high Reynolds number. Using an optical shadowgraphy setup, we record the time evolution of particle sizes. We study the heat transfer as a function of the particle scale Reynolds number for three cases: fixed ice balls melting in a region of strong turbulence with zero mean flow, fixed ice balls melting under the action of a strong mean flow with lower fluctuations, and ice balls freely advected in the whole flow. For the fixed particles cases, heat transfer is observed to be much stronger than in laminar flows, the Nusselt number behaving as a power law of the Reynolds number of exponent 0.8. For freely advected ice balls, the turbulent transfer is further enhanced and the Nusselt number is proportional to the Reynolds number. The surface heat flux is then independent of the particles size, leading to an ultimate regime of heat transfer reached when the thermal boundary layer is fully turbulent.

  10. Evidence of subglacial drainage expansion during the 2012 Greenland Ice Sheet melt event.

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    Hagedorn, Birgit; Rennermalm, Asa; Mikkelsen, Andreas; Hasholt, Bent; Choquette, Kyla; Sletten, Ronald

    2014-05-01

    Extreme melt events of the Greenland Ice Sheet are increasing with multiple occurrences since 2000. The most extensive melt recorded was in July/August 2012 when ~98% of the Ice Sheet surface showed evidence of liquid water. These extreme events influence Ice Sheet dynamics and the surrounding environments but are not well documented. This study fills in some gaps by measuring discharge and chemistry in one of Greenland's largest rivers, the Watson River, during the July 2012 peak melt event. Two distinct peak discharge events were recorded: The first discharge peak was followed by high solute concentration with peak-to-peak lag time of 54 hours between both. Lag time and high ion concentration give evidence for release of multi seasonal water from a subglacial system indicating a shift in the Greenland Ice Sheet basal hydrology towards an expansion of the area affected by seasonal velocity fluctuations which could increase ice mass loss. Lower solute concentrations during the second discharge peak may indicate development of a channelized system with short water residence time. The total water, solute and nutrient flux in 2012 is about 2 times of average of 2007 to 2010. Measured nutrient fluxes such as bioavailable iron and dissolved silica further demonstrate that extension of subglacial drainage area during extreme flood events can potentially have an important effect on the receiving fjords and oceans.

  11. Diurnal Melt Detection on Arctic Sea Ice Using Tandem QuikSCAT and SeaWinds Data B.R. Hicks and D.G. Long

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    Long, David G.

    Diurnal Melt Detection on Arctic Sea Ice Using Tandem QuikSCAT and SeaWinds Data B.R. Hicks and D, and applied to the maximum likelihood estimation of melt over Arctic sea-ice. I. INTRODUCTION The tandem sea-ice melt. II. TEMPORAL SEPARATION: TIME-OF-DAY FILTERING In the currently available scatterometer

  12. Estimating the time of melt onset and freeze onset over Arctic sea-ice area using active and passive microwave data

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    Belchansky, G.I.; Douglas, D.C.; Mordvintsev, I.N.; Platonov, N.G.

    2004-01-01

    Accurate calculation of the time of melt onset, freeze onset, and melt duration over Arctic sea-ice area is crucial for climate and global change studies because it affects accuracy of surface energy balance estimates. This comparative study evaluates several methods used to estimate sea-ice melt and freeze onset dates: (1) the melt onset database derived from SSM/I passive microwave brightness temperatures (Tbs) using Drobot and Anderson's [J. Geophys. Res. 106 (2001) 24033] Advanced Horizontal Range Algorithm (AHRA) and distributed by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC); (2) the International Arctic Buoy Program/Polar Exchange at the Sea (IABP/POLES) surface air temperatures (SATs); (3) an elaborated version of the AHRA that uses IABP/POLES to avoid anomalous results (Passive Microwave and Surface Temperature Analysis [PMSTA]); (4) another elaborated version of the AHRA that uses T b variance to avoid anomalous results (Mean Differences and Standard Deviation Analysis [MDSDA]); (5) Smith's [J. Geophys. Res. 103 (1998) 27753] vertically polarized Tb algorithm for estimating melt onset in multiyear (MY) ice (SSM/I 19V-37V); and (6) analyses of concurrent backscattering cross section (????) and brightness temperature (T b) from OKEAN-01 satellite series. Melt onset and freeze onset maps were created and compared to understand how the estimates vary between different satellite instruments and methods over different Arctic sea-ice regions. Comparisons were made to evaluate relative sensitivities among the methods to slight adjustments of the Tb calibration coefficients and algorithm threshold values. Compared to the PMSTA method, the AHRA method tended to estimate significantly earlier melt dates, likely caused by the AHRA's susceptibility to prematurely identify melt onset conditions. In contrast, the IABP/POLES surface air temperature data tended to estimate later melt and earlier freeze in all but perennial ice. The MDSDA method was least sensitive to small adjustments of the SMMR-SSM/I inter-satellite calibration coefficients. Differences among methods varied by latitude. Freeze onset dates among methods were most disparate in southern latitudes, and tended to converge northward. Surface air temperatures (IABP/POLES) indicated freeze onset well before the MDSDA method, especially in southern peripheral seas, while PMSTA freeze estimates were generally intermediate. Surface air temperature data estimated latest melt onset dates in southern latitudes, but earliest melt onset in northern latitudes. The PMSTA estimated earliest melt onset dates in southern regions, and converged with the MDSDA northward. Because sea-ice melt and freeze are dynamical transitional processes, differences among these methods are associated with differing sensitivities to changing stages of environmental and physical development. These studies contribute to the growing body of documentation about the levels of disparity obtained when Arctic seasonal transition parameters are estimated using various types of microwave data and algorithms. ?? 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Regional surface melt constrained from exposed strata on the Greenland ice sheet using structural geology, satellite imagery and IcePod data.

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    Tinto, K. J.; Bell, R. E.; Porter, D. F.; Das, I.; Frearson, N.; Bertinato, C.; Boghosian, A.; Chu, W.; Creyts, T. T.; Dhakal, T.; Dong, L.; Starke, S. E.

    2014-12-01

    Surface melt in the ablation zone of Greenland varies considerably, with increasing rates over the satellite observational period. Prior to airborne and satellite altimetry studies, the record is primarily based on point measurements. Here, we develop an independent method of estimating supraglacial melt from satellite images to produce a broad spatial record of mass balance in west Greenland through three decades. The ablation zone along the margin of the ice sheet in central west Greenland shows a band of dark grey ice approximately 25 km wide traceable over 150 km from 66° 40' N to 68° 20' N, inland from Kangerlussuaq, and visible again to the north of Jakobshavn Isbrae. This grey ice is characterized by large, km-scale zigzags of alternating dark and light ice bands. Ice penetrating radar data show that the outcropping ice throughout this band is strongly stratified, with strata dipping inland towards the centre of the ice sheet. The large zigzags across the ice surface are seen on the surface where these dipping strata undulate, or when the ice surface is incised by meltwater channels. The amplitude of the zigzags is determined by the relative dip of the strata and the surface topography. We focus on data from the Russell Glacier, where surface velocity is on the order of 100 m/yr, and surface melt erodes the bare ice on the order of 1 m/yr. While ice flow moves the exposed strata upwards and towards the margin, surface melt displaces the exposed trace of the stratigraphy down dip, i.e. towards the interior of the ice sheet. By cross-correlating satellite images from a 30 year period we can distinguish the seaward movement of ice surface features, such as crevasses and melt channels that move with ice flow, from the landward apparent displacement of the exposed strata. We combine this with high resolution DEMs, photographs and shallow ice radar from Operation IceBridge and the IcePod instrument suite to constrain the geometry of the ice surface and exposed strata. By combining satellite and airborne observations we demonstrate that the apparent displacement of the exposed strata documents the increased surface melt over the last three decades. Integrating structural geology into the surface mass balance analysis provides unique insights into the spatial variability of melt across the region.

  14. Substrate effect on the melting temperature of thin polyethylenefilms

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    Wang, Y.; Rafailovich, M.; Sokolov, J.; Gersappe, D.; Araki, T.; Zou, Y.; Kilcoyne, A.D.L.; Ade, H.; Marom, G.; Lustiger, A.

    2006-01-17

    Strong dependence of the crystal orientation, morphology,and melting temperature (Tm) on the substrate is observed in thesemicrystalline polyethylene thin films. The Tm decreases with the filmthickness when the film is thinner that a certain critical thickness andthe magnitude of the depression increases with increasing surfaceinteraction. We attribute the large Tm depression to the decrease in theoverall free energy on melting, which is caused by the substrateattraction force to the chains that competes against the interchain forcewhich drives the chains to crystallization.

  15. Low melting temperature alloy deployment mechanism and recent experiments

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    Madden, M. J.

    1993-01-01

    This paper describes the concept of a low melting temperature alloy deployment mechanism, U.S. Patent 4,842,106. It begins with a brief history of conventional dimethyl-silicone fluid damped mechanisms. Design fundamentals of the new melting alloy mechanism are then introduced. Benefits of the new over the old are compared and contrasted. Recent experiments and lessons learned complete this paper.

  16. Surface and basal sea ice melt from autonomous buoy arrays during the 2014 sea ice retreat in the Beaufort/Chukchi Seas

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    Maksym, T. L.; Wilkinson, J.; Hwang, P. B.

    2014-12-01

    As the Arctic continues its transition to a seasonal ice cover, the nature and role of the processes driving sea ice retreat are expected to change. Key questions revolve around how the coupling between dynamics and thermodynamic processes and potential changes in the role of melt ponds contribute to an accelerated seasonal ice retreat. To address these issues, 44 autonomous platforms were deployed in four arrays in the Beaufort Sea in March, 2014, with an additional array deployed in August in the Chukchi Sea to monitor the evolution of ice conditions during the seasonal sea ice retreat. Each "5-dice" array included four or five co-sited ice mass balance buoys (IMB) and wave buoys with digital cameras, and one automatic weather station (AWS) at the array center. The sensors on these buoys, combined with satellite imagery monitoring the large-scale evolution of the ice cover, provide a near-complete history of the processes involved in the seasonal melt of sea ice. We present a preliminary analysis of the contributions of several key processes to the seasonal ice decay. The evolution of surface ponding was observed at several sites with differing ice types and surface morphologies. The records of surface melt and ice thickness demonstrate a key role of ice type in driving the evolution of the ice cover. Analysis of the surface forcing and estimates of solar energy partitioning between the surface and upper ocean is compared to the surface and basal mass balance from the IMBs. The role of ice divergence and deformation in driving sea ice decay - in particular its role in accelerating thermodynamic melt processes - is discussed.

  17. Impact of melt ponds on decrease of Arctic summer sea ice based on simulations from 1980 to 2012

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    Schroeder, David; Feltham, Daniel; Flocco, Daniela

    2013-04-01

    Melt ponds form on Arctic sea ice during the melting season and their presence affects the heat and mass balances of the ice cover, mainly by decreasing the value of the surface albedo by up to 20%. We have developed a melt pond model suitable for forecasting the presence of melt ponds based on sea ice conditions. This model has been incorporated into the Los Alamos CICE sea ice model, the sea ice component of several IPCC climate models. Simulations for the period 1980 to 2012 are in good agreement with observed ice concentration. The maximum pond area occurs in the beginning of July with an Arctic mean of 25% (fraction of sea ice). The inter-annual variability is strong with the lowest maximum fraction of 15% occurring in years with the largest September ice extent and the highest maximum fraction of nearly 40% in years with the lowest September ice extent. Can the pond fraction in July be used to predict the following September ice extent? Based on our 33 year long time series the connection and correlation of pond fraction and minimum sea ice extent will be quantified.

  18. High pressure-temperature Raman measurements of H2O melting to 22 GPa and 900 K

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    Lin, Jung-Fu "Afu"

    modes of H2O as well as optical observations are used to directly and reliably detect melting in ice VIIO in ice VII reported to date indicate that the diffusion coefficients close to the melting curve, leading to very different predictions for the ice VII melting curve.16­21 The appearance and disappear

  19. Unusually loud ambient noise in tidewater glacier fjords: a signal of ice melt

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    Pettit, Erin C.; Lee, Kevin M.; Brann, Joel P.; Nystuen, Jeffrey A.; Wilson, Preston S.; O'Neel, Shad

    2015-01-01

    In glacierized fjords, the ice-ocean boundary is a physically and biologically dynamic environment that is sensitive to both glacier flow and ocean circulation. Ocean ambient noise offers insight into processes and change at the ice-ocean boundary. Here we characterize fjord ambient noise and show that the average noise levels are louder than nearly all measured natural oceanic environments (significantly louder than sea ice and non-glacierized fjords). Icy Bay, Alaska has an annual average sound pressure level of 120?dB (re 1 ?Pa) with a broad peak between 1000 and 3000?Hz. Bubble formation in the water column as glacier ice melts is the noise source, with variability driven by fjord circulation patterns. Measurements from two additional fjords, in Alaska and Antarctica, support that this unusually loud ambient noise in Icy Bay is representative of glacierized fjords. These high noise levels likely alter the behavior of marine mammals.

  20. Unusually loud ambient noise in tidewater glacier fjords: A signal of ice melt

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    Pettit, Erin Christine; Lee, Kevin Michael; Brann, Joel Palmer; Nystuen, Jeffrey Aaron; Wilson, Preston Scot; O'Neel, Shad

    2015-04-01

    In glacierized fjords, the ice-ocean boundary is a physically and biologically dynamic environment that is sensitive to both glacier flow and ocean circulation. Ocean ambient noise offers insight into processes and change at the ice-ocean boundary. Here we characterize fjord ambient noise and show that the average noise levels are louder than nearly all measured natural oceanic environments (significantly louder than sea ice and nonglacierized fjords). Icy Bay, Alaska, has an annual average sound pressure level of 120 dB (referenced to 1 ?Pa) with a broad peak between 1000 and 3000 Hz. Bubble formation in the water column as glacier ice melts is the noise source, with variability driven by fjord circulation patterns. Measurements from two additional fjords, in Alaska and Antarctica, support that this unusually loud ambient noise in Icy Bay is representative of glacierized fjords. These high noise levels likely alter the behavior of marine mammals.

  1. Early Mars climate near the Noachian-Hesperian boundary: Independent evidence for cold conditions from basal melting of the south polar ice sheet (Dorsa Argentea Formation) and implications for valley network formation

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    Fastook, James L.; Head, James W.; Marchant, David R.; Forget, Francois; Madeleine, Jean-Baptiste

    2012-05-01

    Currently, and throughout much of the Amazonian, the mean annual surface temperatures of Mars are so cold that basal melting does not occur in ice sheets and glaciers and they are cold-based. The documented evidence for extensive and well-developed eskers (sediment-filled former sub-glacial meltwater channels) in the south circumpolar Dorsa Argentea Formation is an indication that basal melting and wet-based glaciation occurred at the South Pole near the Noachian-Hesperian boundary. We employ glacial accumulation and ice-flow models to distinguish between basal melting from bottom-up heat sources (elevated geothermal fluxes) and top-down induced basal melting (elevated atmospheric temperatures warming the ice). We show that under mean annual south polar atmospheric temperatures (-100 °C) simulated in typical Amazonian climate experiments and typical Noachian-Hesperian geothermal heat fluxes (45-65 mW/m2), south polar ice accumulations remain cold-based. In order to produce significant basal melting with these typical geothermal heat fluxes, the mean annual south polar atmospheric temperatures must be raised from today's temperature at the surface (-100 °C) to the range of -50 to -75 °C. This mean annual polar surface atmospheric temperature range implies lower latitude mean annual temperatures that are likely to be below the melting point of water, and thus does not favor a "warm and wet" early Mars. Seasonal temperatures at lower latitudes, however, could range above the melting point of water, perhaps explaining the concurrent development of valley networks and open basin lakes in these areas. This treatment provides an independent estimate of the polar (and non-polar) surface temperatures near the Noachian-Hesperian boundary of Mars history and implies a cold and relatively dry Mars climate, similar to the Antarctic Dry Valleys, where seasonal melting forms transient streams and permanent ice-covered lakes in an otherwise hyperarid, hypothermal climate.

  2. Communication: The Effect of Dispersion Corrections on the Melting Temperature of Liquid Water

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    Yoo, Soohaeng; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2011-03-28

    We report the results of the melting temperature (Tm) of liquid water for the Becke-Lee- Yang-Parr (BLYP) density functional including Dispersion corrections (BLYP-D) and the TTM3-F ab-initio based classical potential via constant pressure and constant enthalpy (NPH) ensemble molecular dynamics simulations of an ice Ih-liquid coexisting system. The inclusion of dispersion corrections to BLYP lowers the melting temperature of liquid water to Tm=360 K, which is a large improvement over the value of Tm > 400 K obtained with the original BLYP functional. The ab-initio based flexible, polarizable Thole-type model (TTM3-F) produces Tm=248 K from classical molecular dynamics simulations.

  3. A phenomenological model for predicting melting temperatures of DNA sequences.

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    Khandelwal, Garima; Bhyravabhotla, Jayaram

    2010-01-01

    We report here a novel method for predicting melting temperatures of DNA sequences based on a molecular-level hypothesis on the phenomena underlying the thermal denaturation of DNA. The model presented here attempts to quantify the energetic components stabilizing the structure of DNA such as base pairing, stacking, and ionic environment which are partially disrupted during the process of thermal denaturation. The model gives a Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r) of approximately 0.98 between experimental and predicted melting temperatures for over 300 sequences of varying lengths ranging from 15-mers to genomic level and at different salt concentrations. The approach is implemented as a web tool (www.scfbio-iitd.res.in/chemgenome/Tm_predictor.jsp) for the prediction of melting temperatures of DNA sequences. PMID:20865157

  4. Pressure dependence of the melting temperature of metals

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    Schlosser, Herbert; Vinet, Pascal; Ferrante, John

    1989-01-01

    A new method for the analysis of the experimental data for the pressure dependence of the melting temperature of metals is presented. The method combines Lindemann's law, the Debye model, and a first-order equation of state with the experimental observation that the Grueneisen parameter divided by the volume is constant. It is observed that, based on these assumptions, in the absence of phase transitions, plots of the logarithm of the normalized melting temperature versus the logarithm of the normalized pressure are straight lines. It is found that the normalized-melting--temperature versus normalized-pressure curves accurately satisfy the linear relationship for Al, Ag, Au, Cs, Cu, K, Na, Pt, and Rb. In addition, this technique provides a sensitive tool for detecting phase transitions.

  5. A Phenomenological Model for Predicting Melting Temperatures of DNA Sequences

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    Khandelwal, Garima; Bhyravabhotla, Jayaram

    2010-01-01

    We report here a novel method for predicting melting temperatures of DNA sequences based on a molecular-level hypothesis on the phenomena underlying the thermal denaturation of DNA. The model presented here attempts to quantify the energetic components stabilizing the structure of DNA such as base pairing, stacking, and ionic environment which are partially disrupted during the process of thermal denaturation. The model gives a Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r) of ?0.98 between experimental and predicted melting temperatures for over 300 sequences of varying lengths ranging from 15-mers to genomic level and at different salt concentrations. The approach is implemented as a web tool (www.scfbio-iitd.res.in/chemgenome/Tm_predictor.jsp) for the prediction of melting temperatures of DNA sequences. PMID:20865157

  6. Estimating the time of melt onset and freeze onset over Arctic sea-ice area using active and passive microwave data

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    Belchansky, G.I.; Douglas, D.C.; Mordvintsev, I.N.; Platonov, N.G.

    2004-01-01

    Accurate calculation of the time of melt onset, freeze onset, and melt duration over Arctic sea-ice area is crucial for climate and global change studies because it affects accuracy of surface energy balance estimates. This comparative study evaluates several methods used to estimate sea-ice melt and freeze onset dates: (1) the melt onset database derived from SSM/I passive microwave brightness temperatures (Tbs) using Drobot and Anderson's [J. Geophys. Res. 106 (2001) 24033] Advanced Horizontal Range Algorithm (AHRA) and distributed by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC); (2) the International Arctic Buoy Program/Polar Exchange at the Sea (IABP/POLES) surface air temperatures (SATs); (3) an elaborated version of the AHRA that uses IABP/POLES to avoid anomalous results (Passive Microwave and Surface Temperature Analysis [PMSTA]); (4) another elaborated version of the AHRA that uses Tb variance to avoid anomalous results (Mean Differences and Standard Deviation Analysis [MDSDA]); (5) Smith's [J. Geophys. Res. 103 (1998) 27753] vertically polarized Tb algorithm for estimating melt onset in multiyear (MY) ice (SSM/I 19V - 37V); and (6) analyses of concurrent backscattering cross section (rj) and brightness temperature (Tb) from OKEAN-01 satellite series. Melt onset and freeze onset maps were created and compared to understand how the estimates vary between different satellite instruments and methods over different Arctic seaice regions. Comparisons were made to evaluate relative sensitivities among the methods to slight adjustments of the Tb calibration coefficients and algorithm threshold values. Compared to the PMSTA method, the AHRA method tended to estimate significantly earlier melt dates, likely caused by the AHRA's susceptibility to prematurely identify melt onset conditions. In contrast, the IABP/POLES surface air temperature data tended to estimate later melt and earlier freeze in all but perennial ice. The MDSDA method was least sensitive to small adjustments of the SMMR-SSM/I inter-satellite calibration coefficients. Differences among methods varied by latitude. Freeze onset dates among methods were most disparate in southern latitudes, and tended to converge northward. Surface air temperatures (IABP/POLES) indicated freeze onset well before the MDSDA method, especially in southern peripheral seas, while PMSTA freeze estimates were generally intermediate. Surface air temperature data estimated latest melt onset dates in southern latitudes, but earliest melt onset in northern latitudes. The PMSTA estimated earliest melt onset dates in southern regions, and converged with the MDSDA northward. Because sea-ice melt and freeze are dynamical transitional processes, differences among these methods are associated with differing sensitivities to changing stages of environmental and physical development. These studies contribute to the growing body of documentation about the levels of disparity obtained when Arctic seasonal transition parameters are estimated using various types of microwave data and algorithms.

  7. Arctic warming: nonlinear impacts of sea-ice and glacier melt on seabird foraging.

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    Grémillet, David; Fort, Jérôme; Amélineau, Françoise; Zakharova, Elena; Le Bot, Tangi; Sala, Enric; Gavrilo, Maria

    2015-03-01

    Arctic climate change has profound impacts on the cryosphere, notably via shrinking sea-ice cover and retreating glaciers, and it is essential to evaluate and forecast the ecological consequences of such changes. We studied zooplankton-feeding little auks (Alle alle), a key sentinel species of the Arctic, at their northernmost breeding site in Franz-Josef Land (80°N), Russian Arctic. We tested the hypothesis that little auks still benefit from pristine arctic environmental conditions in this remote area. To this end, we analysed remote sensing data on sea-ice and coastal glacier dynamics collected in our study area across 1979-2013. Further, we recorded little auk foraging behaviour using miniature electronic tags attached to the birds in the summer of 2013, and compared it with similar data collected at three localities across the Atlantic Arctic. We also compared current and historical data on Franz-Josef Land little auk diet, morphometrics and chick growth curves. Our analyses reveal that summer sea-ice retreated markedly during the last decade, leaving the Franz-Josef Land archipelago virtually sea-ice free each summer since 2005. This had a profound impact on little auk foraging, which lost their sea-ice-associated prey. Concomitantly, large coastal glaciers retreated rapidly, releasing large volumes of melt water. Zooplankton is stunned by cold and osmotic shock at the boundary between glacier melt and coastal waters, creating new foraging hotspots for little auks. Birds therefore switched from foraging at distant ice-edge localities, to highly profitable feeding at glacier melt-water fronts within <5 km of their breeding site. Through this behavioural plasticity, little auks maintained their chick growth rates, but showed a 4% decrease in adult body mass. Our study demonstrates that arctic cryosphere changes may have antagonistic ecological consequences on coastal trophic flow. Such nonlinear responses complicate modelling exercises of current and future polar ecosystem dynamics. PMID:25639886

  8. Modelling the impact of submarine frontal melting and ice mélange on glacier dynamics

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    Krug, J.; Durand, G.; Gagliardini, O.; Weiss, J.

    2015-01-01

    Two mechanisms are generally proposed to explain seasonal variations in the calving front of tidewater glaciers: submarine melting of the calving face and the mechanical back-force applied by the ice mélange. However, the way these processes affect the calving rate and the glacier dynamics remains uncertain. In this study, we used the finite element model Elmer/Ice to simulate the impact of these forcings on more than 200 two dimensional theoretical flowline glacier configurations. The model, which includes calving processes, suggests that frontal melting affects the position of the terminus only slightly (< a few hundred meters) and does not affect the pluriannual glacier mass balance at all. However, the ice mélange has a greater impact on the advance and retreat cycles of the glacier front (more than several 1000 m) and its consequences for the mass balance are not completely negligible, stressing the need for better characterization of forcing properties. We also show that ice mélange forcing against the calving face can mechanically prevent crevasse propagation at sea level and hence prevent calving. Results also revealed different behaviors in grounded and floating glaciers: in the case of a floating extension, the heaviest forcings can disrupt the glacier equilibrium by modifying its buttressing and ice flux at the grounding line.

  9. Local effects of ice floes and leads on skin sea surface temperature, mixing and gas transfer in the marginal ice zone

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    Zappa, Christopher; Brumer, Sophia; Brown, Scott; LeBel, Deborah; McGillis, Wade; Schlosser, Peter; Loose, Brice

    2014-05-01

    Recent years have seen extreme changes in the Arctic. Marginal ice zones (MIZ), or areas where the "ice-albedo feedback" driven by solar warming is highest and ice melt is extensive, may provide insights into the extent of these changes. Furthermore, MIZ play a central role in setting the air-sea CO2 balance making them a critical component of the global carbon cycle. Incomplete understanding of how the sea-ice modulates gas fluxes renders it difficult to estimate the carbon budget in MIZ. Here, we investigate the turbulent mechanisms driving gas exchange in leads, polynyas and in the presence of ice floes using both field and laboratory measurements. Here, we present measurements of visible and IR imagery of melting ice floes in the marginal ice zone north of Oliktok Point AK in the Beaufort Sea made during the Marginal Ice Zone Ocean and Ice Observations and Processes EXperiment (MIZOPEX) in July-August 2013. The visible and IR imagery were taken from the unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) ScanEagle. The visible imagery clearly defines the scale of the ice floes. The IR imagery show distinct cooling of the skin sea surface temperature (SST) as well as an intricate circulation and mixing pattern that depends on the surface current, wind speed, and near-surface vertical temperature/salinity structure. Individual ice floes develop turbulent wakes as they drift and cause transient mixing of an influx of colder surface (fresh) melt water. We capture a melting and mixing event that explains the changing pattern observed in skin SST and is substantiated using laboratory experiments. The Gas Transfer through Polar Sea Ice experiment was performed at the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (Hanover, NH) under varying ice coverage, winds speed, fetch and currents. Supporting measurements were made of air and water temperature, humidity, salinity and wave height. Air-side profiling provided momentum, heat, and CO2 fluxes. Transfer velocities are also estimated via the active controlled flux technique. Surface turbulence statistics derived from PIV and optical flow applied to infrared imagery are linked to subsurface turbulence and used to investigate how turbulent mechanisms at the ice-water boundary including shear and buoyancy contribute to the magnitude of the transfer. Gas exchange variability with lead size and enhancement near floes will be examined. Thanks are due to the entire MIZOPEX Team.

  10. A microwave technique for mapping ice temperature in the Arctic seasonal sea ice zone

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    St. Germain, K.M.; Cavalieri, D.J.

    1997-07-01

    A technique for deriving ice temperature in the Arctic seasonal sea ice zone from passive microwave radiances has been developed. The algorithm operates on brightness temperatures derived from the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) and uses ice concentration and type from a previously developed thin ice algorithm to estimate the surface emissivity. Comparisons of the microwave derived temperatures with estimates derived from infrared imagery of the Bering Strait yield a correlation coefficient of 0.93 and an RMS difference of 2.1 K when coastal and cloud contaminated pixels are removed. SSM/I temperatures were also compared with a time series of air temperature observations from Gambell on St. Lawrence Island and from Point Barrow, AK weather stations. These comparisons indicate that the relationship between the air temperature and the ice temperature depends on ice type.

  11. Scanning electron microscopy investigations of laboratory-grown gas clathrate hydrates formed from melting ice, and comparison to natural hydrates

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    Stern, L.A.; Kirby, S.H.; Circone, S.; Durham, W.B.

    2004-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to investigate grain texture and pore structure development within various compositions of pure sI and sII gas hydrates synthesized in the laboratory, as well as in natural samples retrieved from marine (Gulf of Mexico) and permafrost (NW Canada) settings. Several samples of methane hydrate were also quenched after various extents of partial reaction for assessment of mid-synthesis textural progression. All laboratory-synthesized hydrates were grown under relatively high-temperature and high-pressure conditions from rounded ice grains with geometrically simple pore shapes, yet all resulting samples displayed extensive recrystallization with complex pore geometry. Growth fronts of mesoporous methane hydrate advancing into dense ice reactant were prevalent in those samples quenched after limited reaction below and at the ice point. As temperatures transgress the ice point, grain surfaces continue to develop a discrete "rind" of hydrate, typically 5 to 30 ??m thick. The cores then commonly melt, with rind microfracturing allowing migration of the melt to adjacent grain boundaries where it also forms hydrate. As the reaction continues under progressively warmer conditions, the hydrate product anneals to form dense and relatively pore-free regions of hydrate grains, in which grain size is typically several tens of micrometers. The prevalence of hollow, spheroidal shells of hydrate, coupled with extensive redistribution of reactant and product phases throughout reaction, implies that a diffusion-controlled shrinking-core model is an inappropriate description of sustained hydrate growth from melting ice. Completion of reaction at peak synthesis conditions then produces exceptional faceting and euhedral crystal growth along exposed pore walls. Further recrystallization or regrowth can then accompany even short-term exposure of synthetic hydrates to natural ocean-floor conditions, such that the final textures may closely mimic those observed in natural samples of marine origin. Of particular note, both the mesoporous and highly faceted textures seen at different stages during synthetic hydrate growth were notably absent from all examined hydrates recovered from a natural marine-environment setting.

  12. Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming is highly dangerous

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    Hansen, J.; Sato, M.; Hearty, P.; Ruedy, R.; Kelley, M.; Masson-Delmotte, V.; Russell, G.; Tselioudis, G.; Cao, J.; Rignot, E.; Velicogna, I.; Kandiano, E.; von Schuckmann, K.; Kharecha, P.; Legrande, A. N.; Bauer, M.; Lo, K.-W.

    2015-07-01

    There is evidence of ice melt, sea level rise to +5-9 m, and extreme storms in the prior interglacial period that was less than 1 °C warmer than today. Human-made climate forcing is stronger and more rapid than paleo forcings, but much can be learned by combining insights from paleoclimate, climate modeling, and on-going observations. We argue that ice sheets in contact with the ocean are vulnerable to non-linear disintegration in response to ocean warming, and we posit that ice sheet mass loss can be approximated by a doubling time up to sea level rise of at least several meters. Doubling times of 10, 20 or 40 years yield sea level rise of several meters in 50, 100 or 200 years. Paleoclimate data reveal that subsurface ocean warming causes ice shelf melt and ice sheet discharge. Our climate model exposes amplifying feedbacks in the Southern Ocean that slow Antarctic bottom water formation and increase ocean temperature near ice shelf grounding lines, while cooling the surface ocean and increasing sea ice cover and water column stability. Ocean surface cooling, in the North Atlantic as well as the Southern Ocean, increases tropospheric horizontal temperature gradients, eddy kinetic energy and baroclinicity, which drive more powerful storms. We focus attention on the Southern Ocean's role in affecting atmospheric CO2 amount, which in turn is a tight control knob on global climate. The millennial (500-2000 year) time scale of deep ocean ventilation affects the time scale for natural CO2 change, thus the time scale for paleo global climate, ice sheet and sea level changes. This millennial carbon cycle time scale should not be misinterpreted as the ice sheet time scale for response to a rapid human-made climate forcing. Recent ice sheet melt rates have a doubling time near the lower end of the 10-40 year range. We conclude that 2 °C global warming above the preindustrial level, which would spur more ice shelf melt, is highly dangerous. Earth's energy imbalance, which must be eliminated to stabilize climate, provides a crucial metric.

  13. Significant melting of ice-wedges and formation of thermocirques on hill-slopes of thermokarst lakes in Central Yakutia (Siberia)

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    Séjourné, Antoine; Costard, François; Gargani, Julien; Fedorov, Alexander; Skorve, Johnny

    2013-04-01

    On Earth, permafrost containing a high ice volume (referred as ice-rich) are sensible to climate change, they have been regionally degraded (thermokarst) during the early Holocene climatic optimum forming numerous thermokarst lakes in Central Yakutia (eastern Siberia). Recent temperature increases in the Arctic and Subarctic have been significantly greater than global averages. The frequency and magnitude of terrain disturbances associated with thawing permafrost are increasing in these regions and are thought to intensify in the future. Therefore, understand how is the current development of thermokarst is a critical question. Here, we describe the significant melting of ice-wedges on slopes of thermokarst lakes that leads to formation of amphitheatrical hollows referred as thermocirques. The evolution of thermocirques in Central Yakutia has been little studied and analyzing their formation could help to understand the recent thermokarst in relation to climate change in Central Yakutia. We studied the thermocirques at two scales: (i) field surveys of different thermocirques in July 2009-2010 and October 2012 to examine the processes and origin of melting of ice-wedges and; (ii) photo-interpretation of time series of satellite images (KH-9 Hexagon images of 6-9 m/pixel and GeoEye images of 50 cm/pixel) to study the temporal evolution of thermocirques. The melting of ground-ice on the scarp of thermocirque triggers falls and small mud-flows that induce the retreat of the scarp parallel to itself. Based on field studies and on GeoEye image comparison, we show that their rate of retrogressive growth is 1-2 m/year. On the hill-slopes of lakes, the thermokarst could be initiated by different processes that lead to the uncover and then melting of ice-wedges: thermal erosion by the waves of the ice-rich bluff; active-layer detachment (a form of slope failure linked to detachment of the seasonally thawed upper ground); flowing of water on the slope (precipitation) or; increase of near-surface temperature (insolation, summer temperature). We suggest that the preferential occurrence of thermocirques on south-facing slopes of lakes could emphasize the role of insolation as a factor controlling the preferential melting of ice-wedges. The air temperatures are shown to have increased in Central Yakutia over years and deciphering if ongoing climate warming could lead to an increased development of thermocirques along lake slopes in Central Yakutia is a question that we will address in future study.

  14. Liquidus Temperature Depression in Cryolitic Melts

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    Solheim, Asbjørn

    2012-08-01

    The electrolyte in Hall-Héroult cells for the manufacture of primary aluminum nominally contains only cryolite (Na3AlF6) with additions of AlF3, CaF2, and Al2O3. However, impurities are present, entering the process with the feedstock. The effect on the liquidus temperature by the impurities cannot be calculated correctly by the well-known equation for freezing-point depression in binary systems simply because the electrolyte cannot be regarded as a binary system. By extending the equation for freezing-point depression to the ternary system NaF-AlF3-B, it appeared that the acidity of the impurity B plays a major role. Some calculations were made using an ideal Temkin model, and for most types of impurities, the effect on the liquidus temperature will be larger in an industrial electrolyte than what can be estimated from the equation for freezing-point depression in cryolite. Experimental data on the liquidus temperature in the system Na3AlF6-AlF3-Al2O3-CaF2-MgF2 show that the effect of MgF2 on the liquidus temperature increases strongly with decreasing NaF/AlF3 molar ratio, and it is suggested that MgF2 forms an anion complex, probably MgF{4/2-}.

  15. arXiv:1408.2487v2[physics.ao-ph]22Aug2014 Ising model for melt ponds on Arctic sea ice

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    Golden, Kenneth M.

    arXiv:1408.2487v2[physics.ao-ph]22Aug2014 Ising model for melt ponds on Arctic sea ice Yi-Ping Ma,1, USA The albedo of melting Arctic sea ice, a key parameter in climate modeling, is determined by pools correspond to the presence of melt water or ice on the sea ice surface. The model exhibits a second

  16. Communication: The effect of dispersion corrections on the melting temperature of liquid water

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    Yoo, Soohaeng; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2011-03-01

    The melting temperature (Tm) of liquid water with the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr (BLYP) density functional including dispersion corrections (BLYP-D) and the Thole-type, version 3 (TTM3-F) ab-initio based flexible, polarizable classical potential is reported via constant pressure and constant enthalpy (NPH) molecular dynamics simulations of an ice Ih-liquid coexisting system. Dispersion corrections to BLYP lower Tm to about 360 K, a large improvement over the value of Tm > 400 K previously obtained with the original BLYP functional under the same simulation conditions. For TTM3-F, Tm = 248 K from classical molecular dynamics simulations.

  17. Volcano-Ice Interactions During Recent Eruptions of Aleutian Arc Volcanoes and Implications for Melt Water Generation

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    Waythomas, C. F.

    2013-12-01

    Recent eruptions in Alaska (Redoubt 2009; Pavlof 2007, 2013; Veniaminof 2013) all involved ice eruptive-product interactions that led to variable amounts of melt water generation. Production of melt water during explosive eruptions is the primary mechanism for lahar generation, which is a significant and sometimes-deadly hazard at snow and ice clad volcanoes. During the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano, pyroclastic flows produced by explosive destruction of lava domes swept across and eroded glacier ice and generated large quantities of melt water that formed correspondingly large lahars (107-109 m3) in the Drift River valley north of the volcano. Three of the twenty lahars generated during the eruption were large enough to threaten an oil storage facility 40 km from the volcano. During eruptions of Pavlof Volcano in 2007 and 2013 spatter-fed lava flows and minor pyroclastic flows descended over snow and ice on the upper flanks of the volcano and produced some melt water that generated lahars in the associated drainages. These lahars were smaller than those associated with the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano because the melt water generation mechanism was different. At Veniaminof Volcano, a low-level eruption beginning in June 2013 produced small lava flows that flowed passively over glacier ice and produced only limited amounts of melt water. Although melt pits surrounding the lava flows eventually developed, the rate of melt water production was gradual and no significant outflows of water occurred. These eruptions and comparison with past events highlight the various mechanisms for melt water production during eruptive activity at snow and ice clad Alaskan volcanoes. Dynamic emplacement of eruptive products over glacier ice that involves significant erosion of ice and snow leads to production of large volumes of melt water. Less dynamic, but still energetic interactions such as those that have occurred at Pavlof Volcano, produce smaller amounts of melt and correspondingly smaller volume lahars whose distribution is controlled in part by changes in the location of the summit vent. Effusive, subaerial eruptions at Veniaminof Volcano result in the smallest amount of meltwater production, mainly because the lava-ice interaction is not very dynamic and only a small proportion of the heat flux goes to melt ice.

  18. Quantum Melting of Charge Ice and Non-Fermi-Liquid Behavior: An Exact Solution for the Extended Falicov-Kimball Model in the Ice-Rule Limit

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    Udagawa, Masafumi; Ishizuka, Hiroaki; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2010-06-01

    An exact solution is obtained for a model of itinerant electrons coupled to ice-rule variables on the tetrahedron Husimi cactus, an analogue of the Bethe lattice of corner-sharing tetrahedra. It reveals a quantum critical point with the emergence of non-Fermi-liquid behavior in melting of the “charge ice” insulator. The electronic structure is compared with the numerical results for the pyrochlore-lattice model to elucidate the physics of electron systems interacting with the tetrahedron ice rule.

  19. Quantum melting of charge ice and non-Fermi-liquid behavior: An exact solution for the extended Falicov-Kimball model in the ice-rule limit

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    Udagawa, Masafumi; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2010-01-01

    An exact solution is obtained for a model of itinerant electrons coupled to ice-rule variables on the tetrahedron Husimi cactus, an analogue of the Bethe lattice of corner-sharing tetrahedra. It reveals a quantum critical point with the emergence of non-Fermi-liquid behavior in melting of the "charge ice" insulator. The electronic structure is compared with the numerical results for the pyrochlore-lattice model to elucidate the physics of electron systems interacting with the tetrahedron ice rule.

  20. Quantum melting of charge ice and non-Fermi-liquid behavior: An exact solution for the extended Falicov-Kimball model in the ice-rule limit

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    Masafumi Udagawa; Hiroaki Ishizuka; Yukitoshi Motome

    2010-06-04

    An exact solution is obtained for a model of itinerant electrons coupled to ice-rule variables on the tetrahedron Husimi cactus, an analogue of the Bethe lattice of corner-sharing tetrahedra. It reveals a quantum critical point with the emergence of non-Fermi-liquid behavior in melting of the "charge ice" insulator. The electronic structure is compared with the numerical results for the pyrochlore-lattice model to elucidate the physics of electron systems interacting with the tetrahedron ice rule.

  1. Use and Limitations of a Climate-Quality Data Record to Study Temperature Trends on the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hall, D. K.; Comiso, J. C.; Shuman, C. A.; Koenig, L.; DiGirolamo, N. E.

    2011-12-01

    Enhanced melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet has been documented in recent literature along with surface-temperature increases measured using infrared satellite data since 1981. Using a recently-developed climate-quality data record, 11- and 12-year trends in the clear-sky ice-surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland Ice Sheet have been studied using the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) IST product. Daily and monthly MODIS ISTs of the Greenland Ice Sheet beginning on 1 March 2000 and continuing through 31 December 2010 are now available at 6.25-km spatial resolution on a polar stereographic grid as described in Hall et al. (submitted). This record will be elevated in status to a climate-data record (CDR) when more years of data become available either from the MODIS on the Terra or Aqua satellites, or from the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to be launched in October 2011. Maps showing the maximum extent of melt for the entire ice sheet and for the six major drainage basins have been developed from the MODIS IST dataset. Twelve-year trends in the extent of melt and duration of the melt season on the ice sheet vary in different drainage basins with some basins melting progressively earlier over the course of the study period. Some (but not all) of the basins also show a progressively-longer duration of melt. Twelve-year trends in IST are compared with in-situ data, and climate data from the Modern Era Retrospective-Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) Reanalysis. Hall, D.K., J.C. Comiso, N.E. DiGirolamo, C.A. Shuman, J. Key and L.S. Koenig, submitted for journal publication: A Satellite-Derived Climate-Quality Data Record of the Clear-Sky Surface Temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  2. Thermal expansivity, bulk modulus, and melting curve of H2O-ice VII to 20 GPa

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    Fei, Yingwei; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Hemley, Russell J.

    1993-01-01

    Equation of state properties of ice VII and fluid H2O at high pressures and temperatures have been studied experimentally from 6 to 20 GPa and 300-700 K. The techniques involve direct measurements of the unit-cell volume of the solid using synchrotron X-ray diffraction with an externally heated diamond-anvil cell. The pressure dependencies of the volume and bulk modulus of ice VII at room temperature are in good agreement with previous synchrotron X-ray studies. The thermal expansivity was determined as a function of pressure and the results fit to a newly proposed phenomenological relation and to a Mie-Gruneisen equation of state formalism. The onset of melting of ice VII was determined directly by X-ray diffraction at a series of pressures and found to be in accord with previous volumetric determinations. Thermodynamic calculations based on the new data are performed to evaluate the range of validity of previously proposed equations of state for fluid water derived from static and shock-wave compression experiments and from simulations.

  3. Radar attenuation and temperature within the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    MacGregor, Joseph A; Li, Jilu; Paden, John D; Catania, Ginny A; Clow, Gary D.; Fahnestock, Mark A; Gogineni, S. Prasad; Grimm, Robert E.; Morlighem, Mathieu; Nandi, Soumyaroop; Seroussi, Helene; Stillman, David E

    2015-01-01

    The flow of ice is temperature-dependent, but direct measurements of englacial temperature are sparse. The dielectric attenuation of radio waves through ice is also temperature-dependent, and radar sounding of ice sheets is sensitive to this attenuation. Here we estimate depth-averaged radar-attenuation rates within the Greenland Ice Sheet from airborne radar-sounding data and its associated radiostratigraphy. Using existing empirical relationships between temperature, chemistry, and radar attenuation, we then infer the depth-averaged englacial temperature. The dated radiostratigraphy permits a correction for the confounding effect of spatially varying ice chemistry. Where radar transects intersect boreholes, radar-inferred temperature is consistently higher than that measured directly. We attribute this discrepancy to the poorly recognized frequency dependence of the radar-attenuation rate and correct for this effect empirically, resulting in a robust relationship between radar-inferred and borehole-measured depth-averaged temperature. Radar-inferred englacial temperature is often lower than modern surface temperature and that of a steady state ice-sheet model, particularly in southern Greenland. This pattern suggests that past changes in surface boundary conditions (temperature and accumulation rate) affect the ice sheet's present temperature structure over a much larger area than previously recognized. This radar-inferred temperature structure provides a new constraint for thermomechanical models of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  4. Research Spotlight: Climate response to melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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    Tretkoff, Ernie

    2011-03-01

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) could collapse in the future as the rising sea level and warming climate destabilize the sheet. Previous studies have shown that melting of WAIS could contribute to several meters of global sea level rise over the next few centuries. Some studies have pointed to evidence that WAIS has collapsed in the past during previous interglacial periods, which could give clues to what might happen in the future. To gain additional insight into how the Earth's climate would respond to a collapse of WAIS, Menviel et al. simulated the effects on global climate and the carbon cycle of a massive meltwater discharge from the collapse of the ice sheet. They found that a large meltwater discharge into the Southern Ocean would lead to a substantial cooling of the Southern Ocean, causing a northward expansion of the sea ice margin. Southern Hemisphere westerly winds would intensify. Furthermore, the formation of cold Antarctic Bottom Water would be suppressed, and subsurface warming would take place in areas where Antarctic Bottom Water is formed under present-day conditions. This subsurface warming would lead to positive feedback that would accelerate the melting of the ice sheet. (Paleoceanography, doi:10.1029/2009PA001892, 2010)

  5. The WAIS Melt Monitor: An automated ice core melting system for meltwater sample handling and the collection of high resolution microparticle size distribution data

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    Breton, D. J.; Koffman, B. G.; Kreutz, K. J.; Hamilton, G. S.

    2010-12-01

    Paleoclimate data are often extracted from ice cores by careful geochemical analysis of meltwater samples. The analysis of the microparticles found in ice cores can also yield unique clues about atmospheric dust loading and transport, dust provenance and past environmental conditions. Determination of microparticle concentration, size distribution and chemical makeup as a function of depth is especially difficult because the particle size measurement either consumes or contaminates the meltwater, preventing further geochemical analysis. Here we describe a microcontroller-based ice core melting system which allows the collection of separate microparticle and chemistry samples from the same depth intervals in the ice core, while logging and accurately depth-tagging real-time electrical conductivity and particle size distribution data. This system was designed specifically to support microparticle analysis of the WAIS Divide WDC06A deep ice core, but many of the subsystems are applicable to more general ice core melting operations. Major system components include: a rotary encoder to measure ice core melt displacement with 0.1 millimeter accuracy, a meltwater tracking system to assign core depths to conductivity, particle and sample vial data, an optical debubbler level control system to protect the Abakus laser particle counter from damage due to air bubbles, a Rabbit 3700 microcontroller which communicates with a host PC, collects encoder and optical sensor data and autonomously operates Gilson peristaltic pumps and fraction collectors to provide automatic sample handling, melt monitor control software operating on a standard PC allowing the user to control and view the status of the system, data logging software operating on the same PC to collect data from the melting, electrical conductivity and microparticle measurement systems. Because microparticle samples can easily be contaminated, we use optical air bubble sensors and high resolution ice core density profiles to guide the melting process. The combination of these data allow us to analyze melt head performance, minimize outer-to-inner fraction contamination and avoid melt head flooding. The WAIS Melt Monitor system allows the collection of real-time, sub-annual microparticle and electrical conductivity data while producing and storing enough sample for traditional Coulter-Counter particle measurements as well long term acid leaching of bioactive metals (e.g., Fe, Co, Cd, Cu, Zn) prior to chemical analysis.

  6. Mixing of the immiscible: hydrocarbons in water-ice near the ice crystallization temperature.

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    Lignell, Antti; Gudipati, Murthy S

    2015-03-19

    Structural changes in hydrocarbon-doped water-ice during amorphous to crystalline phase conversion are investigated using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as probes. We show that aggregation of impurity molecules occurs due to the amorphous-crystalline transition in ice, especially when they are hydrophobic molecules such as PAHs. Using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), Fourier-transform Infrared (FTIR), and laser-induced-fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopic techniques, we show that, although ice infrared absorption features change from a broad structureless band corresponding to amorphous ice to a sharp structured crystalline ice bands, simultaneously, sharper isolated PAH UV absorption features measured in the amorphous ice host turn broad upon ice crystallization. A simultaneous decrease in the monomer fluorescence and increase in the excimer emission band is observed, a clear indication for the formation of PAH molecular aggregates when amorphous ice is converted to crystalline ice at higher temperatures. Similar to the irreversible amorphous-crystalline phase transitions, the UV, fluorescence, and excimer emissions indicate that PAHs undergo irreversible aggregation. Our studies suggest that organic impurities exist as aggregates rather than monomers trapped in crystalline water-ice when cycled through temperatures that convert amorphous ice to crystalline ice, rendering a better insight into phenomena such as the formation of cometary crust. This aggregate formation also may significantly change the secondary reaction pathways and rates in impurity-doped ices in the lab, on Earth, in the solar system, and in the interstellar medium. PMID:25302532

  7. Formation of recent martian debris flows by melting of near-surface ground ice at high obliquity.

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    Costard, F; Forget, F; Mangold, N; Peulvast, J P

    2002-01-01

    The observation of small gullies associated with recent surface runoff on Mars has renewed the question of liquid water stability at the surface of Mars. The gullies could be formed by groundwater seepage from underground aquifers; however, observations of gullies originating from isolated peaks and dune crests question this scenario. We show that these landforms may result from the melting of water ice in the top few meters of the martian subsurface at high obliquity. Our conclusions are based on the analogy between the martian gullies and terrestrial debris flows observed in Greenland and numerical simulations that show that above-freezing temperatures can occur at high obliquities in the near surface of Mars, and that such temperatures are only predicted at latitudes and for slope orientations corresponding to where the gullies have been observed on Mars. PMID:11729267

  8. An Experimental Investigation of Ice Melting and Heat Transfer Characteristics from Submerged Jets of Hot Water, Implications for Subglacial Volcanic Eruptions

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    Jamshidnia, H.; Gudmundsson, M. T.

    2014-12-01

    The rates and processes of energy transfer in water-filled cavities formed under glaciers by geothermal and volcanic activity has been investigated by designing, developing, and using an experimental setup in which hot water jets can impinge on an ice block. Systematic sets of experimental runs typically lasting 60-90 seconds with water jet temperatures in the range 10° - 90°C have been performed with initial ice block temparature. It is quantitatively found that heat flux from flowing water to ice is linearly dependent on temperature of the jet flow. The hot water jet meltes out a cavity into the ice block during the process. The cavities had steep to vertical sides with a doming roof. Some of the ice blocks used had trapped air bubbles. In these cases melting of the ice lead to the trapping of air at the top of the cavity, partially insulating the roof from the hot water jet. Such cavities had lower aspect ratios (height/width) and flatter and less dome shaped roofs than did cavities in ice blocks with little or no air bubbles. The overall heat transfer rate in cavity formation varied with jet temperature from <100 kW m-2 to ~900 kW m-2 while melting rates in the vertical direction yield heat transfer rates of 200-1200 kW m-2. The observed experimental heat transfer rates can be compared to data on subglacial melting observed for ice cauldrons in various settings in Iceland. For the lowest experimental temperatures the numbers are comparable to those found for geothermal water in cool, subglacial water bodies and above subglacial flowpaths of jökulhlaups. However, the highest experimental rates for 80-90°C jets are 3-10 times less than inferred from observations of recent subglacial eruptions (2000-4000 kW m-2). This can indicate that single phase liquid water convection alone is not sufficient to explain the rates seen in recent subglacial eruptions in Iceland, suggesting that during such eruptions forced two-phase (liquid and steam) or three phase (liquid, steam and pyroclasts) convection is common. Further recommendations may also be presented for future research in this field.

  9. Effects of locust bean gum and mono- and diglyceride concentrations on particle size and melting rates of ice cream.

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    Cropper, S L; Kocaoglu-Vurma, N A; Tharp, B W; Harper, W J

    2013-06-01

    The objective of this study was to determine how varying concentrations of the stabilizer, locust bean gum (LBG), and different levels of the emulsifier, mono- and diglycerides (MDGs), influenced fat aggregation and melting characteristics of ice cream. Ice creams were made containing MDGs and LBG singly and in combination at concentrations ranging between 0.0% to 0.14% and 0.0% to 0.23%, respectively. Particle size analysis, conducted on both the mixes and ice cream, and melting rate testing on the ice cream were used to determine fat aggregation. No significant differences (P < 0.05) were found between particle size values for experimental ice cream mixes. However, higher concentrations of both LBG and MDG in the ice creams resulted in values that were larger than the control. This study also found an increase in the particle size values when MDG levels were held constant and LBG amounts were increased in the ice cream. Ice creams with higher concentrations of MDG and LBG together had the greatest difference in the rate of melting than the control. The melting rate decreased with increasing LBG concentrations at constant MDG levels. These results illustrated that fat aggregation may not only be affected by emulsifiers, but that stabilizers may play a role in contributing to the destabilization of fat globules. PMID:23772704

  10. The influence of cryo-hydrologic warming on the ice temperature in the ablation zone - insights from a computational model

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    Rajaram, H.; Phillips, T. P.; Steffen, K.

    2010-12-01

    Each summer, a large amount of melt water is produced in the ablation zones of glaciers and ice sheets. This melt water does not travel over long distances on the ice, but a significant fraction enters the glacier and flows through en-glacial and sub-glacial hydrologic channels. Correspondingly, the en-glacial and sub-glacial hydrologic channel wall-temperatures are raised to the pressure melting point of ice. The thermal influence of these hydrologic processes is seldom incorporated in heat transfer models for glaciers and ice sheets. In a warming climate with increased melt water production, en-glacial and sub-glacial hydrologic processes can potentially influence the thermodynamics of ice sheets. Although the role of refreezing melt water in the firn of the accumulation zone is often accounted for to explain warmer near-surface temperatures, the role of melt water flow within a glacier is not considered in large ice sheet models. We propose a simple dual-column flow-line model to simulate the importance of cryo-hydrologic warming. Our approach considers two interacting vertical columns representing ice and the cryo-hydrologic system, with exchange of energy between the two columns. Each ice column is connected to next ice column upstream by means of horizontal advection. However, there is no coupling between adjacent cryo-hydrologic columns. The cryo-hydrologic heat exchange coefficient ? is defined as k/R2, where R is the characteristic spacing between en-glacial passages and k is the thermal conductivity of ice. Correspondingly, the characteristic time scale for cryo-hydrologic heat exchange is ?/R2, where ? is the thermal diffusivity of ice, and depends strongly on R. Our results suggest that for a characteristic spacing between en-glacial passages or R in the range of a few 10’s of meters, cryo-hydrologic warming has the potential to accelerate the warming of ice sheets, and thus increase ice flow velocities as the effective viscosity of ice decreases significantly with increasing temperature. The temperature profile of a flow-line in the Sermeq Avannarleq Glacier in Western Greenland is derived using a steady-state flow-line model incorporating cryo-hydrologic heat exchange. Our results show that for a rising equilibrium line over the last 25 years, the ice temperature rises by 9K to a new steady state temperature within a decade. Correspondingly, the ice velocity at the ice margin can increase by 60% even without invoking the influence of lubrication at the bed. The surface topography of the Sermeq Avannarleq Glacier shows a kink in the vicinity of the equilibrium line that may potentially be explained by cryo-hydrologic warming. The increased ice temperatures downstream of the equilibrium line will decrease the ice viscosity in this region, leading to an increase in ice velocity. Because the region just upstream of the equilibrium line remains cold, a sharp spatial velocity variation will occur, leading to a kink.

  11. Shock Melting of Permafrost on Mars: Water Ice Multiphase Equation of State for Numerical Modeling and Its Testing

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    Ivanov, B. A.

    2005-01-01

    The presence of water/ice/brine in upper layers of Martian crust affects many processes of impact cratering. Modeling of these effects promises better understanding of Martian cratering records. We present here the new ANEOS-based multiphase equation of state for water/ice constructed for usage in hydrocodes and first numerical experiments on permafrost shock melting. Preliminary results show that due to multiple shock compression of ice inclusions in rocks the entropy jump in shocked ice is smaller than in pure ice for the same shock pressure. Hence previous estimates of ice melting during impact cratering on Mars should be re-evaluated. Additional information is included in the original extended abstract.

  12. Pink marine sediments reveal rapid ice melt and Arctic meltwater discharge during Dansgaard-Oeschger warmings.

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    Rasmussen, Tine L; Thomsen, Erik

    2013-01-01

    The climate of the last glaciation was interrupted by numerous abrupt temperature fluctuations, referred to as Greenland interstadials and stadials. During warm interstadials the meridional overturning circulation was active transferring heat to the north, whereas during cold stadials the Nordic Seas were ice-covered and the overturning circulation was disrupted. Meltwater discharge, from ice sheets surrounding the Nordic Seas, is implicated as a cause of this ocean instability, yet very little is known regarding this proposed discharge during warmings. Here we show that, during warmings, pink clay from Devonian Red Beds is transported in suspension by meltwater from the surrounding ice sheet and replaces the greenish silt that is normally deposited on the north-western slope of Svalbard during interstadials. The magnitude of the outpourings is comparable to the size of the outbursts during the deglaciation. Decreasing concentrations of ice-rafted debris during the interstadials signify that the ice sheet retreats as the meltwater production increases. PMID:24264767

  13. A Climate-Data Record (CDR) of the "Clear-Sky" Surface Temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Comiso, Josefino C.; DiGirolamo, Nocolo E.; Shuman, Christopher A.

    2011-01-01

    We have developed a climate-data record (CDR) of "clear-sky" ice-surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland Ice Sheet using Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data. The CDR provides daily and monthly-mean IST from March 2000 through December 2010 on a polar stereographic projection at a resolution of 6.25 km. The CDR is amenable to extension into the future using Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) data. Regional "clear-sky" surface temperature increases since the early 1980s in the Arctic, measured using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) infrared data, range from 0.57 +/- 0.02 to 0.72 +/- 0.1 c per decade. Arctic warming has important implications for ice-sheet mass balance because much of the periphery of the Greenland Ice Sheet is already near O C during the melt season, and is thus vulnerable to rapid melting if temperatures continue to increase. An increase in melting of the ice sheet would accelerate sea-level rise, an issue affecting potentially billions of people worldwide. The IST CDR will provide a convenient data set for modelers and for climatologists to track changes of the surface temperature of the ice sheet as a whole and of the individual drainage basins on the ice sheet. The daily and monthly maps will provide information on surface melt as well as "clear-sky" temperature. The CDR will be further validated by comparing results with automatic-weather station data and with satellite-derived surface-temperature products.

  14. High-temperature powder x-ray diffraction of yttria to melting point

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    Chen, Haydn H.

    High-temperature powder x-ray diffraction of yttria to melting point V. Swamya) Max from room temperature to melting point with the thin wire resistance heating technique. A solid-temperature data of yttria arises from the potential use of its melting point as a secondary temperature standard,3

  15. Melting behavior of H[subscript 2]O at high pressures and temperatures

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    Lin, Jung-Fu; Gregoryanz, Eugene; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Somayazulu, Maddury; Mao, H.-K.; Hemley, R.J.

    2010-07-19

    Water plays an important role in the physics and chemistry of planetary interiors. In situ high pressure-temperature Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction have been used to examine the phase diagram of H{sub 2}O. A discontinuous change in the melting curve of H{sub 2}O is observed at approximately 35 GPa and 1040 K, indicating a triple point on the melting line. The melting curve of H{sub 2}O increases significantly above the triple point and may intersect the isentropes of Neptune and Uranus. Solid ice could therefore form in stratified layers at depth within these icy planets. The extrapolated melting curve may also intersect with the geotherm of Earth's lower mantle above 60 GPa. The presence of solid H{sub 2}O would result in a jump in the viscosity of the mid-lower mantle and provides an additional explanation for the observed higher viscosity of the mid-lower mantle.

  16. Antarctic Sea ice variations and seasonal air temperature relationships

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    Weatherly, John W.; Walsh, John E.; Zwally, H. J.

    1991-01-01

    Data through 1987 are used to determine the regional and seasonal dependencies of recent trends of Antarctic temperature and sea ice. Lead-lag relationships involving regional sea ice and air temperature are systematically evaluated, with an eye toward the ice-temperature feedbacks that may influence climatic change. Over the 1958-1087 period the temperature trends are positive in all seasons. For the 15 years (l973-l987) for which ice data are available, the trends are predominantly positive only in winter and summer, and are most strongly positive over the Antarctic Peninsula. The spatially aggregated trend of temperature for this latter period is small but positive, while the corresponding trend of ice coverage is small but negative. Lag correlations between seasonal anomalies of the two variables are generally stronger with ice lagging the summer temperatures and with ice leading the winter temperatures. The implication is that summer temperatures predispose the near-surface waters to above-or below-normal ice coverage in the following fall and winter.

  17. Physical and ecological processes in the marginal ice zone of the northern Barents Sea during the summer melt period

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    Falk-Petersen, Stig; Hop, Haakon; Budgell, W. Paul; Hegseth, Else N.; Korsnes, Reinert; Løyning, Terje B.; Børre Ørbæk, Jon; Kawamura, Toshiyuki; Shirasawa, Kunio

    2000-12-01

    The main physical and ecological processes associated with the summer melt period in the marginal ice zone (MIZ) were investigated in a multidisciplinary research programme (ICE-BAR), which was carried out in the northern Barents Sea during June-August 1995-1996. This study provided simultaneous observations of a wide range of physical and chemical factors of importance for the melting processes of sea ice, from its southernmost margins at about 77.5°N to the consolidated Arctic pack ice at 81.5°N. This paper includes a description of the oceanographic processes, ice-density packing and structures in cores, optical properties of water masses and the ice, characteristics of the incident spectral radiation and chlorophyll — leading to primary production. Large seasonal and inter-annual variations in ice cover in the MIZ were evident from satellite images as well as ship observations. Even if the annual variation in ice extent may be large, the inter-annual variations may be even larger. The minimum observed ice extent in March, for example, can be smaller than the maximum observed ice extent in September. Oceanographic phenomena such as the semi-permanent lee polynyas found west and south-west of Kvitøya and Franz Josef Land and the bay of open water, the "Whalers Bay", north of the Spitsbergen are structures which can change with time intervals of hours to decades. For example, the polynya south of Franz Josef Land was clearly evident in 1995 but was only seen for a short period in 1996. The observed variability in physical conditions directly affects the primary production in the MIZ. From early spring, solar radiation penetrates both leads and the ice itself, initiating algal production under the ice. Light measurements showed that the melt ponds act as windows, permitting the transmission of incoming solar radiation through to the underlying sea ice, thus, accelerating the melting process and enhancing the under-ice primary production. In June 1995, the N-S transect went through a pre-bloom area well inside the ice-covered part of the Barents Sea to a post-bloom phase in the open waters south of the ice edge. The biological conditions in the later season (August) of 1996 were considerably more variable. The longer N-S transect in August 1996 passed through areas with variable ice and oceanographic conditions, and different developmental stages of phytoplankton blooms were encountered. The previously adapted picture of a plankton bloom following the retreating ice edge northwards was not seen.

  18. Syntheses of neptunium trichloride and measurements of its melting temperature

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    Hayashi, Hirokazu; Takano, Masahide; Kurata, Masaki; Minato, Kazuo

    2013-09-01

    Neptunium trichloride (NpCl3) of high purity was synthesized by the solid state reaction of neptunium nitride with cadmium chloride. Lattice parameters of hexagonal NpCl3 were determined from the powder X-ray diffraction pattern to be a = 0.7428 ± 0.0001 nm and c = 0.4262 ± 0.0003 nm, which fairly agree with the reported values. The melting temperature of NpCl3 was measured on a sample of about 1 mg, hermetically encapsulated in a gold crucible with a differential thermal analyzer. The value determined was 1070 ± 3 K which is close to the recommended value (1075 ± 30 K) derived from the mean value of the melting temperature of UCl3 and of PuCl3.

  19. Large and rapid melt-induced velocity changes in the ablation zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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    van de Wal, R S W; Boot, W; van den Broeke, M R; Smeets, C J P P; Reijmer, C H; Donker, J J A; Oerlemans, J

    2008-07-01

    Continuous Global Positioning System observations reveal rapid and large ice velocity fluctuations in the western ablation zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Within days, ice velocity reacts to increased meltwater production and increases by a factor of 4. Such a response is much stronger and much faster than previously reported. Over a longer period of 17 years, annual ice velocities have decreased slightly, which suggests that the englacial hydraulic system adjusts constantly to the variable meltwater input, which results in a more or less constant ice flux over the years. The positive-feedback mechanism between melt rate and ice velocity appears to be a seasonal process that may have only a limited effect on the response of the ice sheet to climate warming over the next decades. PMID:18599784

  20. Ice-melt rates by steam condensation during explosive subglacial eruptions

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    Woodcock, D. C.; Gilbert, J. S.; Lane, S. J.

    2015-02-01

    Subglacial volcanism melts cavities in the overlying ice. These cavities may be flooded with meltwater or they may be fully or partially drained. We quantify, for the first time, heat transfer rates by condensation of steam on the walls and roof of a fully or partially drained subglacial eruption cavity. Our calculations indicate that heat fluxes of up to 1 MW m-2 may be obtained when the bulk vapor in the cavity is in free convection. This is considerably smaller than heat fluxes inferred from ice penetration rates in recent subglacial eruptions. Forcing of the convection by momentum transfer from an eruption jet may allow heat fluxes of up to 2 MW m-2, consistent with values inferred for the Gjálp 1996 subglacial eruption. Vapor-dominated cavities in which vapor-liquid equilibrium is maintained have thermal dynamic responses that are an order of magnitude faster than the equivalent flooded cavities.

  1. Important role of the mid-tropospheric atmospheric circulation in the recent surface melt increase over the Greenland ice sheet

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    Fettweis, Xavier; Hanna, Edward; lang, Charlotte; Belleflamme, Alexandre; Erpicum, Michel; Gallée, Hubert

    2013-04-01

    Since 2007, there has been a succession of surface melt records over the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) in continuity of the trend towards increasing melt observed since the end of the 1990s. But, these last two decades are characterized by an increase of negative phases of the North-Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) favouring warmer and drier summers than normal over GrIS. In this context, we use a circulation type classification based on the daily 500 hPa geopotential height to evaluate the role of the atmospheric dynamics in this surface melt acceleration for the last two decades. Due to the lack of direct observations, the interannual melt variability is gauged here by the summer (June-July-August) mean temperature from reanalyses at 700 hPa over Greenland; analogous atmospheric circulations in the past show that ~70% of the 1993-2012 warming at 700 hPa over Greenland has been driven by changes in the atmospheric flow frequencies. Indeed, the occurrence of anticyclones centred over the GrIS at the surface and at 500 hPa has doubled since the end of 1990s, which induces more frequent southerly warm air advection along the Western Greenland coast and over the neighbouring Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA). These changes in the NAO modes explain also why no significant warming has been observed these last summers over Svalbard, where northerly atmospheric flows are twice as frequent as before. Therefore, the recent warmer summers over GrIS and CAA cannot be considered as a long term climate warming but are rather a consequence of the NAO variability impacting the atmospheric heat transport. While no global model from the CMIP5 database projects consequent changes in NAO through this century, we cannot exclude that these changes in NAO are due to global warming. Indeed, we have performed several sensitivity experiments performed with the regional climate model MAR over an integration domain large enough for allowing MAR to simulate its own general circulation independently of the forcing (ERA-INTERIM). These MAR simulations seem to suggest that the NAO anomalies over summers 2007-2012 are due to changes in the Sea Ice Cover (SIC) and Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) in the Arctic.

  2. Modeling Regolith Temperatures and Volatile Ice Processes (Invited)

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    Mellon, M. T.

    2013-12-01

    Surface and subsurface temperatures are an important tool for exploring the distribution and dynamics of volatile ices on and within planetary regoliths. I will review thermal-analysis approaches and recent applications in the studies of volatile ice processes. Numerical models of regolith temperatures allow us to examine the response of ices to periodic and secular changes in heat sources such as insolation. Used in conjunction with spatially and temporally distributed remotely-sensed temperatures, numerical models can: 1) constrain the stability and dynamics of volatile ices; 2) define the partitioning between phases of ice, gas, liquid, and adsorbate; and 3) in some instances be used to probe the distribution of ice hidden from view beneath the surface. The vapor pressure of volatile ices (such as water, carbon dioxide, and methane) depends exponentially on temperature. Small changes in temperature can result in transitions between stable phases. Cyclic temperatures and the propagation of thermal waves into the subsurface can produce a strong hysteresis in the population and partitioning of various phases (such as between ice, vapor, and adsorbate) and result in bulk transport. Condensation of ice will also have a pronounced effect on the thermal properties of otherwise loose particulate regolith. Cementing grains at their contacts through ice deposition will increase the thermal conductivity, and may enhance the stability of additional ice. Likewise sintering of grains within a predominantly icy regolith will increase the thermal conductivity. Subsurface layers that result from ice redistribution can be discriminated by remote sensing when combined with numerical modeling. Applications of these techniques include modeling of seasonal carbon dioxide frosts on Mars, predicting and interpreting the subsurface ice distribution on Mars and in Antarctica, and estimating the current depth of ice-rich permafrost on Mars. Additionally, understanding cold trapping ices in regions of the regolith of airless bodies, such as Mercury and the Moon, are aided by numerical modeling of regolith temperatures. Thermally driven sublimation of volatiles (water ice on Mars and more exotic species on icy moons in the outer solar system) can result in terrain degradation and collapse.

  3. Atmospheric moisture transport: the bridge between ocean evaporation and Arctic ice melting

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    Gimeno, L.; Vázquez, M.; Nieto, R.; Trigo, R. M.

    2015-09-01

    Changes in the atmospheric moisture transport have been proposed as a vehicle for interpreting some of the most significant changes in the Arctic region. The increasing moisture over the Arctic during the last decades is not strongly associated with the evaporation that takes place within the Arctic area itself, despite the fact that the sea ice cover is decreasing. Such an increment is consistent and is more dependent on the transport of moisture from the extratropical regions to the Arctic that has increased in recent decades and is expected to increase within a warming climate. This increase could be due either to changes in circulation patterns which have altered the moisture sources, or to changes in the intensity of the moisture sources because of enhanced evaporation, or a combination of these two mechanisms. In this short communication we focus on the more objective assessment of the strong link between ocean evaporation trends and Arctic Sea ice melting. We will critically analyse several recent results suggesting links between moisture transport and the extent of sea ice in the Arctic, this being one of the most distinct indicators of continuous climate change both in the Arctic and on a global scale. To do this we will use a sophisticated Lagrangian approach to develop a more robust framework on some of these previous disconnecting results, using new information and insights. Results reached in this study stress the connection between two climate change indicators, namely an increase in evaporation over source regions (mainly the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean in the paths of the global western boundary currents and their extensions) and Arctic ice melting precursors.

  4. Home Atmosphere Sea Ice Ocean Land Greenland Biology , J. Cappelen

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    Box, Jason E.

    Home Atmosphere Sea Ice Ocean Land Greenland Biology Greenland J. E. Box 1 , J. Cappelen 2 , D temperatures, ice loss by melting, and marine-terminating glacier area loss. Summer seasonal average (June melt rate since at least 1958 and an area and duration of ice sheet melting that was above any previous

  5. Modeling the Influence of Antifreeze Proteins on Three-Dimensional Ice Crystal Melt Shapes using a Geometric Approach

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    Jun Jie Liu; Yangzong Qin; Maya Bar Dolev; Yeliz Celik; J. S. Wettlaufer; Ido Braslavsky

    2012-07-12

    The melting of pure axisymmetric ice crystals has been described previously by us within the framework of so-called geometric crystal growth. Nonequilibrium ice crystal shapes evolving in the presence of hyperactive antifreeze proteins (hypAFPs) are experimentally observed to assume ellipsoidal geometries ("lemon" or "rice" shapes). To analyze such shapes we harness the underlying symmetry of hexagonal ice Ih and extend two-dimensional geometric models to three-dimensions to reproduce the experimental dissolution process. The geometrical model developed will be useful as a quantitative test of the mechanisms of interaction between hypAFPs and ice.

  6. Modeling the Influence of Antifreeze Proteins on Three-Dimensional Ice Crystal Melt Shapes using a Geometric Approach

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    Liu, Jun Jie; Dolev, Maya Bar; Celik, Yeliz; Wettlaufer, J S; Braslavsky, Ido

    2012-01-01

    The melting of pure axisymmetric ice crystals has been described previously by us within the framework of so-called geometric crystal growth. Nonequilibrium ice crystal shapes evolving in the presence of hyperactive antifreeze proteins (hypAFPs) are experimentally observed to assume ellipsoidal geometries ("lemon" or "rice" shapes). To analyze such shapes we harness the underlying symmetry of hexagonal ice Ih and extend two-dimensional geometric models to three-dimensions to reproduce the experimental dissolution process. The geometrical model developed will be useful as a quantitative test of the mechanisms of interaction between hypAFPs and ice.

  7. Rotation of a melting ice at the surface of a pool

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    Dorbolo, S; Dubois, C; Caps, H; Vandewalle, N; Darbois-Texier, B

    2015-01-01

    Large circular ice blocks up to 80 m of diameter have been observed on frozen river around the world. This rare event has been reported in a publication in 1993. This fascinating self-fashioned object slowly rotates at about 1$^o$ per second. In this paper, we report a model experiment consisting in a 85 mm of diameter ice disc at the surface of a thermalised pool. The rotation speed has been found to increase with the bath temperature. Using particle image velocimetry technique, we evidence the presence of a vortex below the ice block. This vortex results from the descending flow of high density water at 4$^o$C. The vorticity of the vortex induces the rotation of the ice block. This mechanism is generic of any vertical flow that generates a vortex which induces the rotation of a floating object.

  8. Deposition Ice Nuclei Concentration at Different Temperatures and Supersaturations

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    López, M. L.; Avila, E.

    2013-05-01

    Ice formation is one of the main processes involved in the initiation of precipitation. Some aerosols serve to nucleate ice in clouds. They are called ice nuclei (IN) and they are generally solid particles, insoluble in water. At temperatures warmer than about -36°C the only means for initiation of the ice phase in the atmosphere involves IN, and temperature and supersaturation required to activate IN are considered as key information for the understanding of primary ice formation in clouds. The objective of this work is to quantify the IN concentration at ground level in Córdoba City, Argentina, under the deposition mode, that is to say that ice deposits on the IN directly from the vapor phase. It happens when the environment is supersaturated with respect to ice and subsaturated with respect to liquid water. Ice nuclei concentrations were measured in a cloud chamber placed in a cold room with temperature control down to -35°C. The operating temperature was varied between -15°C and -30°C. Ice supersaturation was ranged between 2 and 20 %. In order to quantify the number of ice particles produced in each experiment, a dish containing a supercooled solution of cane sugar, water and glycerol was placed on the floor of the cloud chamber. The activated IN grew at the expense of vapor until ice crystals were formed and these then fell down onto the sugar solution. Once there, these crystals could grow enough to be counted easily with a naked eye after a period of about three minutes, when they reach around 2 mm in diameter. In order to compare the present results with previously reported results, the data were grouped in three different ranges of supersaturation: the data with supersaturations between 2 and 8 %, the data with supersaturations between 8 and 14% and the data with supersaturations between 14 and 20 %. In the same way, in order to analize the behavior of IN concentration with supersaturation, the data were grouped for three different temperatures, the data with temperatures between -15°C and -20°C, the data with temperatures between -20°C and -25°C and the data with temperatures between -25°C and -30°C. The results confirm that for each temperature range, the concentration of IN increases at higher supersaturation, and show the tendency of the IN concentration to increase with increasing ice supersaturation. Based on previous parameterizations, a combination of IN concentration in relation with temperature and ice supersaturation is proposed in this work. As far as we know, this is among the first work to measure and parameterize the concentration of deposition ice nuclei in the Southern Hemisphere.

  9. High Resolution Estimates of Sea Ice Melt-Freeze Transitions in the Northern Canadian Arctic Archipelago from Radarsat

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    Mahmud, M. S.; Yackel, J.; Howell, S.

    2014-12-01

    The northern Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA) historically contains high concentration of multi-year ice (MYI). Previous research has shown that this region receives a continuous supply of MYI from the Arctic Ocean that is subsequently flushed southward into the Western Perry Channel during the summer melt season. This amount has never been quantified and the controls on southward advection have only been crudely investigated using coarse spatial resolution passive microwave observations that do not provide sufficient information regarding dynamics and thermodynamics for the sea ice in the northern CAA. This paper evaluates the utility of high spatial resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to better understand the controls on sea ice dynamics within the northern CAA. SAR data was acquired from RADARSAT-1 between April and October, 2005, with an average temporal resolution of 3 days and spatial resolution of 100 m. A melt-freeze transition algorithm was developed to estimate the melt onset date. This is based on the temporal evolution of the backscatter coefficient (?o), which can be thresholded into melt onset for both seasonal first year ice (FYI) and MYI. The amount of sea ice flowing through the northern CAA was determined using the Canadian Ice Service Automated Ice Tracking System. Results indicate that melt onset dates for FYI are observed approximately two weeks earlier than MYI. The earlier melt onset date for FYI resulted in an increased open water area within the CAA, which provided more leeway for southward flow of MYI from the Arctic Ocean, via the northern CAA; leading to earlier than expected MYI flushed into the Western Parry Channel.

  10. Drag moderation by the melting of ice surface in contact with water

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    Chan, Derek Y C

    to touch the ice surface (Fig. S1). #12;3 To freeze the water we use an ESPEC, SH-261 bench-top temperatureC, that allows the water to freeze completely. Alternatively, temperatures range from ­5 ºC to ­20 ºC was also used to freeze the water with lower temperature requiring longer freezing time (e.g. overnight for ­5 º

  11. Dynamic and static equilibrium sea level effects of Greenland Ice Sheet melt: An assessment of partially-coupled idealized water hosing experiments (Invited)

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    Kopp, R. E.; Mitrovica, J. X.; Griffies, S. M.; Yin, J.; Hay, C. C.; Stouffer, R. J.

    2010-12-01

    Regional sea level can deviate from mean global sea level because of both dynamic sea level (DSL) effects, resulting from oceanic and atmospheric circulation and temperature and salinity distributions, and changes in the static equilibrium (SE) sea level configuration, produced by the gravitational, elastic, and rotational effects of mass redistribution. Both effects will contribute to future sea level change, but because they are studied by two different subdisciplines -- climate modeling and glacial rebound modeling -- projections that attempt to combine both have to date been scarce. To compare their magnitude, we simulated the effects of Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) melt by conducting idealized North Atlantic "water-hosing" experiments in a climate model unidirectionally coupled to a SE sea level model. At current rates of GIS melt, freshwater hosing experiments in fully coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs) do not yield clear DSL trends but do generate DSL variability; comparing that variability to expected static equilibrium "fingerprints" suggests that at least about 40 years of observations are needed to detect the "fingerprints" of ice sheet melt at current Greenland melt rates of about 0.3 mm equivalent sea level (esl)/year. Accelerated melt rates of about 2--6 mm esl/y, as may occur later in the century, should be detectable above background DSL variability within less than a decade of their onset. At these higher melt rates, AOGCMs do yield clear DSL trends. In the GFDL CM 2.1 model, DSL trends are strongest in the western North Atlantic, while SE effects come to dominate in most of the ocean when melt exceeds about 20 cm esl.

  12. An 800-kyr Record of Global Surface Ocean ?18Osw and Implications for Ice Volume-Temperature Coupling

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    Shakun, J. D.; Lea, D. W.; Lisiecki, L. E.; Raymo, M. E.

    2014-12-01

    We use 49 paired sea surface temperature (SST)-planktonic ?18O records to extract the mean ?18O of surface ocean seawater (?18Osw) over the past 800 kyr, which we interpret to dominantly reflect global ice volume, and compare it to SST variability on the same stratigraphy. This analysis suggests that ice volume and temperature contribute to the marine isotope record in ~60/40 proportions, but they show consistently different patterns over glacial cycles. Global temperature cools early during each cycle while major ice sheet growth occurs later, suggesting that ice volume may have exhibited a threshold response to cooling and also had relatively little feedback on it. Multivariate regression analysis suggests that the rate of ice volume change through time is largely determined by the combined influence of orbital forcing, global temperature, and ice volume itself (r2 = 0.70 at zero-lag for 0-400 ka), with sea level rising faster with stronger insolation and warmer temperatures and when there is more ice available to melt. Indeed, cross-spectral analysis indicates that ice volume exhibits a smaller phase lag and larger gain relative to SST at the 41 and 23 kyr periods than at the 100 kyr period, consistent with additional forcing from insolation at the obliquity and precession time scales. Removing the surface ocean ?18Osw signal from the global benthic ?18O stack produces a reconstruction of deep ocean temperature that bears considerable similarity to the Antarctic ice core temperature record (r2 = 0.80 for 0-400 ka), including cooler interglacials before 400 ka. Overall, we find a close association between global surface temperature, deep ocean temperature, and atmospheric CO2. Additionally, we find that rapid cooling precedes the gradual buildup of large continental ice sheets, which may then be instrumental in terminating the cycle.

  13. Force-dependent melting of supercoiled DNA at thermophilic temperatures.

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    Galburt, E A; Tomko, E J; Stump, W T; Ruiz Manzano, A

    2014-01-01

    Local DNA opening plays an important role in DNA metabolism as the double-helix must be melted before the information contained within may be accessed. Cells finely tune the torsional state of their genomes to strike a balance between stability and accessibility. For example, while mesophilic life forms maintain negatively superhelical genomes, thermophilic life forms use unique mechanisms to maintain relaxed or even positively supercoiled genomes. Here, we use a single-molecule magnetic tweezers approach to quantify the force-dependent equilibrium between DNA melting and supercoiling at high temperatures populated by Thermophiles. We show that negatively supercoiled DNA denatures at 0.5 pN lower tension at thermophilic vs. mesophilic temperatures. This work demonstrates the ability to monitor DNA supercoiling at high temperature and opens the possibility to perform magnetic tweezers assays on thermophilic systems. The data allow for an estimation of the relative energies of base-pairing and DNA bending as a function of temperature and support speculation as to different general mechanisms of DNA opening in different environments. Lastly, our results imply that average in vivo DNA tensions range between 0.3 and 1.1 pN. PMID:24486433

  14. Pitted rock surfaces on Mars: A mechanism of formation by transient melting of snow and ice

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    Head, James W.; Kreslavsky, Mikhail A.; Marchant, David R.

    2011-09-01

    Pits in rocks on the surface of Mars have been observed at several locations. Similar pits are observed in rocks in the Mars-like hyperarid, hypothermal stable upland zone of the Antarctic Dry Valleys; these form by very localized chemical weathering due to transient melting of small amounts of snow on dark dolerite boulders preferentially heated above the melting point of water by sunlight. We examine the conditions under which a similar process might explain the pitted rocks seen on the surface of Mars (rock surface temperatures above the melting point; atmospheric pressure exceeding the triple point pressure of H2O; an available source of solid water to melt). We find that on Mars today each of these conditions is met locally and regionally, but that they do not occur together in such a way as to meet the stringent requirements for this process to operate. In the geological past, however, conditions favoring this process are highly likely to have been met. For example, increases in atmospheric water vapor content (due, for example, to the loss of the south perennial polar CO2 cap) could favor the deposition of snow, which if collected on rocks heated to above the melting temperature during favorable conditions (e.g., perihelion), could cause melting and the type of locally enhanced chemical weathering that can cause pits. Even when these conditions are met, however, the variation in heating of different rock facets under Martian conditions means that different parts of the rock may weather at different times, consistent with the very low weathering rates observed on Mars. Furthermore, as is the case in the stable upland zone of the Antarctic Dry Valleys, pit formation by transient melting of small amounts of snow readily occurs in the absence of subsurface active layer cryoturbation.

  15. Potential methane emission from north-temperate lakes following ice melt

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    Michmerhuizen, C.M.; Striegl, R.G.; McDonald, M.E.

    1996-01-01

    Methane, a radiatively active 'greenhouse' gas, is emitted from lakes to the atmosphere throughout the open-water season. However, annual lake CH4 emissions calculated solely from open-water measurements that exclude the time of spring ice melt may substantially underestimate the lake CH4 source strength. We estimated potential spring CH4 emission at the time of ice melt for 19 lakes in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Lakes ranged in area from 2.7 to 57,300 ha and varied in littoral zone sediment type. Regression analyses indicated that lake area explained 38% of the variance in potential CH4 emission for relatively undisturbed lakes; as lake area increases potential CH4 emission per unit area decreases. Inclusion of a second term accounting for the presence or absence of soft organic-rich littoral-zone sediments explained 83% of the variance in potential spring CH4 emission. Total estimated spring CH4 emission for 1993 for all Minnesota lakes north of 45?? with areas ???4 ha was 1.5 x 108 mol CH4 assuming a 1 : 1 ratio of soft littoral sediment to hard littoral sediment lakes. Emission estimates ranged from 5.3 x 107 tool assuming no lakes have soft organic-rich littoral sediments to 4.5 x 108 mol assuming all lakes have soft organic-rich littoral sediments. This spring CH4 pulse may make up as much as 40% of the CH4 annually emitted to the atmosphere by small lakes.

  16. Low melt rates with seasonal variability at the base of Fimbul Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, revealed by in situ interferometric radar measurements

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    Langley, Kirsty; Kohler, Jack; Sinisalo, Anna; Øyan, Mats Jørgen; Hamran, Svein Erik; Hattermann, Tore; Matsuoka, Kenichi; Nøst, Ole Anders; Isaksson, Elisabeth

    2014-11-01

    Basal melt is a major cause of ice shelf thinning affecting the stability of the ice shelf and reducing its buttressing effect on the inland ice. The Fimbul ice shelf (FIS) in Dronning Maud Land (DML), East Antarctica, is fed by the fast-flowing Jutulstraumen glacier, responsible for 10% of ice discharge from the DML sector of the ice sheet. Current estimates of the basal melt rates of the FIS come from regional ocean models, autosub measurements, and satellite observations, which vary considerably. This discrepancy hampers evaluation of the stability of the Jutulstraumen catchment. Here, we present estimates of basal melt rates of the FIS using ground-based interferometric radar. We find a low average basal melt rate on the order of 1 m/yr, with the highest rates located at the ice shelf front, which extends beyond the continental shelf break. Furthermore, our results provide evidence for a significant seasonal variability.

  17. High temporal resolution observations of spring fast ice melt and seawater iron enrichment in East Antarctica

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    van der Merwe, P.; Lannuzel, D.; Bowie, A. R.; Meiners, K. M.

    2011-09-01

    A time series experiment was conducted in late austral spring (November-December 2009) in coastal fast ice, East Antarctica (66°13'07?S, 110°39'02?E). Iron (Fe) measurements were made in sea ice, snow, brines, and underlying seawater, together with meteorological, physical, and biogeochemical measurements to investigate the processes controlling the release of Fe into the underlying water column. Warming air temperatures were clearly associated with decreasing brine volume fractions. Macronutrient profiles revealed very low (<1 ?M) nitrate + nitrite concentrations in the interior of the sea ice, and the brines suggested nitrate + nitrite drawdown exceeded Redfield ratios in comparison to phosphate and silicate. In the basal ice, nitrate + nitrite and silicate were drawn down through time but did not lead to a limiting condition. We found that dissolved Fe tracked the brine volume fraction and was readily transferred from the surface/interior to the underlying water column over time. In contrast, particulate Fe did not show this clear decreasing trend and correlated with particulate organic carbon and chlorophyll a distributions. Over the 28 d of sampling, two distinct mean air temperature warming events were observed (-12.1 to -1.3°C and -6.4 to 0.8°C). This resulted in the release of 419 ?mol of TDFe per m2 of sea ice from our coastal fast ice station into the underlying water column during the study period. Assuming an increase of 1 nM Fe is sufficient for Antarctic diatoms to bloom, our study site presented a fertilization potential for 419 m3 of Fe limited surface Southern Ocean seawater with TDFe and 29 m3 with dFe, per m2 of fast ice.

  18. Amundsen Sea sector ice shelf thickness, melt rates, and inland response from annual high-resolution DEM mosaics

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    Shean, D. E.; Joughin, I. R.; Smith, B. E.; Alexandrov, O.; Moratto, Z.; Porter, C. C.; Morin, P. J.

    2014-12-01

    Significant grounding line retreat, acceleration, and thinning have occurred along the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica in recent decades. These changes are driven primarily by ice-ocean interaction beneath ice shelves, but existing observations of the spatial distribution, timing, and magnitude of ice shelf melt are limited. Using the NASA Ames Stereo Pipeline, we generated digital elevation models (DEMs) with ~2 m posting from all ~450 available WorldView-1/2 along-track stereopairs for the Amundsen Sea sector. A novel iterative closest point algorithm was used to coregister DEMs to filtered Operation IceBridge ATM/LVIS data and ICESat-1 GLAS data, offering optimal sub-meter horizontal/vertical accuracy. The corrected DEMs were used to produce annual mosaics for the entire ~500x700 km region with focused, sub-annual products for ice shelves and grounding zones. These mosaics provide spatially-continuous measurements of ice shelf topography with unprecedented detail. Using these data, we derive estimates of ice shelf thickness for regions in hydrostatic equilibrium and map networks of sub-shelf melt channels for the Pine Island (PIG), Thwaites, Crosson, and Dotson ice shelves. We also document the break-up of the Thwaites ice shelf and PIG rift evolution leading up to the 2013 calving event. Eulerian difference maps document 2010-2014 thinning over fast-flowing ice streams and adjacent grounded ice. These data reveal the greatest thinning rates over the Smith Glacier ice plain and slopes beyond the margins of the fast-flowing PIG trunk. Difference maps also highlight the filling of at least two subglacial lakes ~30 km upstream of the PIG grounding line in 2011. Lagrangian difference maps reveal the spatial distribution of ice shelf thinning, which can primarily be attributed to basal melt. Preliminary results show focused ice shelf thinning within troughs and large basal channels, especially along the western margin of the Dotson ice shelf. These new data provide critical observations that will improve our understanding ice-ocean interaction and mass loss for the Amundsen Sea sector on local and regional scales.

  19. A new spatially and temporally variable sigma parameter in degree-day melt modelling of the Greenland Ice Sheet 1870-2013

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    Jowett, A. E.; Hanna, E.; Ng, F.; Huybrechts, P.; Janssens, I.

    2015-10-01

    The degree-day based method of calculating ice-/snow-melt across the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) commonly includes the temperature parameter sigma (?) accounting for temperature variability on short (sub-monthly down to hourly) timescales, in order to capture melt in months where the mean temperature is below 0 °C. Sigma is typically assumed to be constant in space and time, with values ranging from ~ 2.5 to 5.5 °C. It is unclear in many cases how these values were derived and little sensitivity analysis or validation has been conducted. Here we determine spatially and temporally varying monthly values of ? for the unique, extended 1870-2013 timescale based on downscaled, corrected European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Interim (ERA-I) and Twentieth Century Reanalysis (20CR) meteorological reanalysis 2 m air temperatures on a 5 km × 5 km polar stereographic grid for the GrIS. The resulting monthly ? values reveal a distinct seasonal cycle. The mean summer ? value for the study period is ~ 3.2 °C, around 1 °C lower than the value of 4.2 °C commonly used in the literature. Sigma values for individual summers range from 1.7 to 5.9 °C. Since the summer months dominate the melt calculation, use of the new variable ? parameter would lead to a smaller melt area and a more positive surface mass balance for the GrIS. Validation of our new variable ? dataset shows good agreement with standard deviations calculated from automatic weather station observations across the ice sheet. Trend analysis shows large areas of the ice sheet exhibit statistically significant increasing temperature variability from 1870-2013 in all seasons, with notable exceptions around Summit in spring, and Summit and South Dome in winter. More recently, since 1990, ? has been decreasing, significantly so in the north-west during July. These interannual ? trends reflect climate change and variability processes operating across the ice sheet, several mechanisms of which are briefly discussed.

  20. Using singlet molecular oxygen to probe the solute and temperature dependence of liquid-like regions in/on ice.

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    Bower, Jonathan P; Anastasio, Cort

    2013-08-01

    Liquid-like regions (LLRs) are found at the surfaces and grain boundaries of ice and as inclusions within ice. These regions contain most of the solutes in ice and can be (photo)chemically active hotspots in natural snow and ice systems. If we assume all solutes partition into LLRs as a solution freezes, freezing-point depression predicts that the concentration of a solute in LLRs is higher than its concentration in the prefrozen (or melted) solution by the freeze-concentration factor (F). Here we use singlet molecular oxygen production to explore the effects of total solute concentration ([TS]) and temperature on experimentally determined values of F. For ice above its eutectic temperature, measured values of F agree well with freezing-point depression when [TS] is above ?1 mmol/kg; at lower [TS] values, measurements of F are lower than predicted from freezing-point depression. For ice below its eutectic temperature, the influence of freezing-point depression on F is damped; the extreme case is with Na2SO4 as the solute, where F shows essentially no agreement with freezing-point depression. In contrast, for ice containing 3 mmol/kg NaCl, measured values of F agree well with freezing-point depression over a range of temperatures, including below the eutectic. Our experiments also reveal that the photon flux in LLRs increases in the presence of salts, which has implications for ice photochemistry in the lab and, perhaps, in the environment. PMID:23841666

  1. Use and Limitations of a Climate-Quality Data Record to Study Temperature Trends on the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Comiso, Josefino C.; Shuman, Christopher A.; Koenig, Lora S.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.

    2011-01-01

    Enhanced melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet has been documented in recent literature along with surface-temperature increases measured using infrared satellite data since 1981. Using a recently-developed climate-quality data record, 11- and 12-year trends in the clear-sky ice-surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland Ice Sheet have been studied using the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) IST product. Daily and monthly MODIS ISTs of the Greenland Ice Sheet beginning on 1 March 2000 and continuing through 31 December 2010 are now available at 6.25-km spatial resolution on a polar stereographic grid as described in Hall et al. (submitted). This record will be elevated in status to a climate-data record (CDR) when more years of data become available either from the MODIS on the Terra or Aqua satellites, or from the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to be launched in October 2011. Maps showing the maximum extent of melt for the entire ice sheet and for the six major drainage basins have been developed from the MODIS IST dataset. Twelve-year trends of the duration of the melt season on the ice sheet vary in different drainage basins with some basins melting progressively earlier over the course of the study period. Some (but not all) of the basins also show a progressively-longer duration of melt. IST 12-year trends are compared with in-situ data, and climate data from the Modern Era Retrospective-Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) Reanalysis.

  2. Low temperature melting of copper nanorod arrays Tansel Karabacak,a

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    Wang, Gwo-Ching

    arrays of copper at temperatures much lower than its bulk melting point 1083 °C . The Cu nanorods were temperatures compared with the bulk melting point of the elemental material. Surface diffusion is followed the bulk melting point but the detailed values depend on the parameters such as size1,9 and morphology10

  3. Heat transfer in ice hockey halls: measurements, energy analysis and analytical ice pad temperature profile

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    Andrea Ferrantelli; Klaus Viljanen

    2015-06-30

    We consider heat transfer processes in an ice hockey hall, during operating conditions, with a bottom-up approach based upon on-site measurements. Detailed temperature data of both the ice pad and the air above the ice rink are used for a heat balance calculation in the steady-state regime, which quantifies the impact of each single heat source. We solve the heat equation in the ice slab in transient regime, and obtain a general analytical formula for the temperature profile. This solution is then applied to the resurfacing process by using our measurements as (time-dependent) boundary conditions (b.c.), and compared to an analogous numerical computation with good agreement. Our analytical formula is given with implicit initial condition and b.c., therefore it can be used not only in ice halls, but in a large variety of engineering applications.

  4. Numerical evidence of quantum melting of spin ice: quantum-classical crossover

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    Kato, Yasuyuki; Onoda, Shigeki

    2015-03-01

    Unbiased quantum Monte-Carlo simulations are performed on the simplest case of the quantum spin ice model, namely, the nearest-neighbor spin-1/2 XXZ model on the pyrochlore lattice with an antiferromagnetic longitudinal and a weak ferromagnetic transverse exchange couplings, J and J?. On cooling across TCSI ~ 0 . 2 J , the specific heat shows a broad peak associated with a crossover to a classical Coulomb liquid regime characterized by a remnant of the pinch-point singularity in longitudinal spin correlations as well as the Pauling ice entropy for | J? | << J , as in classical spin ice. On further cooling, the entropy restarts gradually decaying to zero for J? >J? c ~ - 0 . 104 J , as expected for bosonic quantum Coulomb liquids. With negatively increasing J? across J? c, a first-order transition occurs at a nonzero temperature from the quantum Coulomb liquid to an XY ferromagnet. Relevance to magnetic rare-earth pyrochlore oxides is discussed.

  5. Development of a Climate-Data Record (CDR) of the Surface Temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hall, Dorthy K.; Comiso, Josefino C.; Shuman, Christopher A.; DiGirolamo, Nicolo E.; Stock, Larry V.

    2010-01-01

    Regional "clear sky" surface temperature increases since the early 1980s in the Arctic, measured using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) infrared data, range from 0.57+/-0.02 deg C to 72+/-0.10 deg C per decade. Arctic warming has important implications for ice-sheet mass balance because much of the periphery of the Greenland Ice Sheet is already near 0 deg C during the melt season, and is thus vulnerable to rapid melting if temperatures continue to increase. An increase in melting of the ice sheet would accelerate sea-level rise, an issue affecting potentially billions of people worldwide. To quantify the ice-surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and to provide an IST dataset of Greenland for modelers that provides uncertainties, we are developing a climate-data record (CDR) of daily "clear-sky" IST of the Greenland Ice Sheet, from 1982 to the present using AVHRR (1982 - present) and Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data (2000 - present) at a resolution of approximately 5 km. Known issues being addressed in the production of the CDR are: time-series bias caused by cloud cover (surface temperatures can be different under clouds vs. clear areas) and cross-calibration in the overlap period between AVHRR instruments, and between AVHRR and MODIS instruments. Because of uncertainties, mainly due to clouds, time-series of satellite IST do not necessarily correspond with actual surface temperatures. The CDR will be validated by comparing results with automatic-weather station data and with satellite-derived surface-temperature products and biases will be calculated.

  6. Melt trends above the equilibrium line of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the period of 2003-2012 (Invited)

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    de la Peña, S.; Howat, I. M.; van den Broeke, M. R.; Price, S. F.; Nienow, P. W.; Mosley-Thompson, E. S.

    2013-12-01

    Warming in the Arctic has raised concern about the effects that increased fresh water input from Greenland and other ice caps into the oceans could have on sea level rise and on the thermohaline ocean circulation. Melt over the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) has been increasing steadily over the last 20 years, and although mass loss has been limited to the margins, the departure from the 1979-1999 mean melt rate in the last decade has become particularly large in the interior. This has resulted in variable conditions that make ice volume changes derived from remote sensing measurements difficult to interpret, and an equilibrium line that is continuously migrating. We present a combined analysis of field measurements obtained in western Greenland and results from the Regional Atmospheric Climate Model to estimate trends in melt and refreezing rates over the interior of the Greenland ice sheet. The combined dataset show the evolution of melt intensity in regions with little or no meltwater runoff during the last 20 years. We estimated a threefold increase in the total area experiencing significant melt in the last decade, and an amount of refrozen meltwater larger than the total mass balance of the ice sheet. Conditions observed after the extreme melt event of July 2012 at and above the 2000 m elevation line contrast sharply with previous studies, and illustrate the current and future state of the Greenland interior if warming trends continue. We will discuss changes during the last decade in surface mass balance conditions, and the melting and refreezing processes occurring above the equilibrium line of the GIS. Additionally, we will summarize some implications these processes may have in estimating mass balance from altimetry techniques, and how in-situ data and models can help improving altimetry-derived results. The intensity of melt and the huge ice reservoirs found in the field are an indication that percolation facies are no longer just an interesting feature with no real relevance other than their effects in radar altimetry signals, but rather the result of an intense melting process of at least the same scale as the total mass imbalance of the GIS.

  7. Early Last Interglacial Greenland Ice Sheet melting and a sustained period of meridional overturning weakening: a model analysis of the uncertainties

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    Bakker, Pepijn; Renssen, Hans; Van Meerbeeck, Cédric J.

    2014-08-01

    Proxy-data suggest that the Last Interglacial (LIG; ~130-116 ka BP) climate was characterized by higher temperatures, a partially melted Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) and a changed Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). Notwithstanding the uncertainties in LIG palaeoclimatic reconstructions, this setting potentially provides an opportunity to evaluate the relation between GIS melt and the AMOC as simulated by climate models. However, first we need to assess the extent to which a causal relation between early LIG GIS melt and the weakened AMOC is plausible. With a series of transient LIG climate simulations with the LOVECLIM earth system model, we quantify the importance of the major known uncertainties involved in early LIG GIS melt scenarios. Based on this we construct a specific scenario that is within the parameter space of uncertainties and show that it is physically consistent that early LIG GIS melting kept the AMOC weakened. Notwithstanding, this scenario is at the extreme end of the parameter space. Assuming that proxy-based reconstructions of early LIG AMOC weakening offer a realistic representation of its past state, this indicates that either (1) the AMOC weakening was caused by other forcings than early LIG GIS melt or (2) the early LIG AMOC was less stable than indicated by our simulations and a small amount of GIS melt was sufficient to keep the AMOC in the weak state of a bi-stable regime. We argue that more intensive research is required because of the high potential of the early LIG to evaluate model performance in relation to the AMOC response to GIS melt.

  8. On the melting temperatures of low-temperature phases of polymorphic metals

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    Ohsaka, K.; Trinh, E. H.

    1992-01-01

    An improved analytical formula for determining the melting temperatures of the low-temperature phases of polymorphic metals is proposed which uses the specific heat differences at the equilibrium transition temperatures. The formula is solved by an iterative method, with no more than one iteration necessary to converge. The results obtained using the formula proposed here are generally in good agreement with the analytical solution.

  9. Equations of state of ice VI and ice VII at high pressure and high temperature

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    Bezacier, Lucile; Hanfland, Michael; Journaux, Baptiste; Perrillat, Jean-Philippe; Cardon, Hervé; Daniel, Isabelle

    2014-09-14

    High-pressure H{sub 2}O polymorphs among which ice VI and ice VII are abundant in the interiors of large icy satellites and exo-planets. Knowledge of the elastic properties of these pure H{sub 2}O ices at high-temperature and high-pressure is thus crucial to decipher the internal structure of icy bodies. In this study we assess for the first time the pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) relations of both polycrystalline pure ice VI and ice VII at high pressures and temperatures from 1 to 9 GPa and 300 to 450 K, respectively, by using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The PVT data are adjusted to a second-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state and give V{sub 0} = 14.17(2) cm{sup 3}?mol{sup ?1}, K{sub 0} = 14.05(23) GPa, and ?{sub 0} = 14.6(14) × 10{sup ?5} K{sup ?1} for ice VI and V{sub 0} = 12.49(1) cm{sup 3}?mol{sup ?1}, K{sub 0} = 20.15(16) GPa, and ?{sub 0} = 11.6(5) × 10{sup ?5} K{sup ?1} for ice VII.

  10. Extremophilic fungi in arctic ice: a relationship between adaptation to low temperature and water activity

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    Gunde-Cimerman, N.; Sonjak, S.; Zalar, P.; Frisvad, J. C.; Diderichsen, B.; Plemenitaš, A.

    Little is known about fungal diversity in extremely cold regions. Low temperatures induce the formation of ice crystals and therefore also the creation of low water activity ( aw). These are the dominant factors in external chemistry that influence microbial biota in cold regions. Therefore, we have used selective low water activity media plus low incubation temperatures for the isolation of fungi from an Arctic environment. In comparison with the highest values of colony forming units (CFU) obtained on mesophilic media, considerably higher fungal CFU per litre of water were detected on low aw media, ranging from 1000 to 3000 l -1 in seawater, 6000 to 7000 l -1 in melted sea ice and up to 13,000 l -1 in melted glacier ice. The dominant taxa were ascomycetous and basidiomycetous yeasts, melanized fungi, mainly represented by the genera Cladosporium and Aureobasidium plus different species of the genus Penicillium. Preliminary taxonomic analyses revealed several new species and varieties. Further characterisations are needed to determine whether this diversity is due to geographic isolation, ecological conditions or independent evolutionary origin.

  11. Incorporation of a physically based melt pond scheme into the sea ice component of a climate model

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    Feltham, Daniel

    [Solomon et al., 2007; Stroeve et al., 2007], and this, combined with the known shortcoming of model seaIncorporation of a physically based melt pond scheme into the sea ice component of a climate model 2010; accepted 13 April 2010; published 10 August 2010. [1] The extent and thickness of the Arctic sea

  12. A MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF SAP EXUDATION IN MAPLE TREES GOVERNED BY ICE MELTING, GAS DISSOLUTION AND OSMOSIS

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    Stockie, John

    A MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF SAP EXUDATION IN MAPLE TREES GOVERNED BY ICE MELTING, GAS DISSOLUTION AND OSMOSIS MAURIZIO CESERI AND JOHN M. STOCKIE Abstract. We develop a mathematical model for sap exudation what mechanism drives sap exudation, and we aim to cast light on this issue. Our model is based

  13. Real-time Non-contact Millimeter Wave Characterization of Water-Freezing and Ice-Melting Dynamics

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    Woskov, Paul P.

    We applied millimeter wave radiometry for the first time to monitor water-freezing and ice-melting dynamics in real-time non-contact. The measurements were completed at a frequency of 137 GHz. Small amounts (about 2 mL) ...

  14. Charging in ice-ice collisions as a function of the ambient temperature and the larger particle average temperature

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    Avila, Eldo E.; Varela, Guillermo G. Aguirre; Caranti, Giorgio M.

    1996-12-01

    Measurements of charge transfer between ice particles are reported. The ambient temperature and the average graupel temperature are presented as an alternative pair of variables describing the charge transferred between ice particles during a collision. These variables are alternative to the generally used air temperature and liquid water content. A new charging diagram is also presented here. The results suggest that other variables would be necessary to better describe the phenomena. Some of the current hypotheses on charge transfer are also discussed. The data gathered in the present experiment correspond to collisions made in a wind tunnel between a cylinder growing by riming and ice spheres of 100 ?m in diameter; the velocity was between 5 and 6 m s-1. The ambient temperature was between -8° and -24°C. The target temperature was adjusted with a Peltier element keeping the target always equal or above than the ambient temperature. The implications of these results to the thunderstorm electrification are discussed.

  15. Persistent influence of ice sheet melting on high northern latitude climate during the early Last Interglacial

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    Govin, A.; Braconnot, P.; Capron, E.; Cortijo, E.; Duplessy, J.-C.; Jansen, E.; Labeyrie, L.; Landais, A.; Marti, O.; Michel, E.; Mosquet, E.; Risebrobakken, B.; Swingedouw, D.; Waelbroeck, C.

    2012-03-01

    Although the Last Interglacial (LIG) is often considered as a possible analogue for future climate in high latitudes, its precise climate evolution and associated causes remain uncertain. Here we compile high-resolution marine sediment records from the North Atlantic, Labrador Sea, Norwegian Sea and the Southern Ocean. We document a delay in the establishment of peak interglacial conditions in the North Atlantic, Labrador and Norwegian Seas as compared to the Southern Ocean. In particular, we observe a persistent iceberg melting at high northern latitudes at the beginning of the LIG. It is associated with (1) colder and fresher surface-water conditions in the North Atlantic, Labrador and Norwegian Seas, and (2) a weaker ventilation of North Atlantic deep waters during the early LIG (129-125 ka) compared to the late LIG. Results from an ocean-atmosphere coupled model with insolation as a sole forcing for three key periods of the LIG show warmer North Atlantic surface waters and stronger Atlantic overturning during the early LIG (126 ka) than the late LIG (122 ka). Hence, insolation variations alone do not explain the delay in peak interglacial conditions observed at high northern latitudes. Additionally, we consider an idealized meltwater scenario at 126 ka where the freshwater input is interactively computed in response to the high boreal summer insolation. The model simulates colder, fresher North Atlantic surface waters and weaker Atlantic overturning during the early LIG (126 ka) compared to the late LIG (122 ka). This result suggests that both insolation and ice sheet melting have to be considered to reproduce the climatic pattern that we identify during the early LIG. Our model-data comparison also reveals a number of limitations and reinforces the need for further detailed investigations using coupled climate-ice sheet models and transient simulations.

  16. Early Mars climate near the NoachianHesperian boundary: Independent evidence for cold conditions from basal melting of the south polar ice sheet (Dorsa

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    Marchant, David R.

    annual tem- peratures that are likely to be below the melting point of water, and thus does not favor the melting point of water, perhaps explaining the concurrent development of valley networks and open basin from basal melting of the south polar ice sheet (Dorsa Argentea Formation) and implications for valley

  17. Effect of gravity wave temperature variations on homogeneous ice nucleation

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    Dinh, Tra; Podglajen, Aurélien; Hertzog, Albert; Legras, Bernard; Plougonven, Riwal

    2015-04-01

    Observations of cirrus clouds in the tropical tropopause layer (TTL) have shown various ice number concentrations (INC) (e.g., Jensen et al. 2013), which has lead to a puzzle regarding their formation. In particular, the frequently observed low numbers of ice crystals seemed hard to reconcile with homogeneous nucleation knowing the ubuquity of gravity waves with vertical velocity of the order of 0.1 m/s. Using artificial time series, Spichtinger and Krämer (2013) have illustrated that the variation of vertical velocity during a nucleation event could terminate it and limit the INC. However, their study was limited to constructed temperature time series. Here, we carry out numerical simulations of homogeneous ice nucleation forced by temperature time series data collected by isopycnic balloon flights near the tropical tropopause. The balloons collected data at high frequency (30 s), so gravity wave signals are well resolved in the temperature time series. With the observed temperature time series, the numerical simulations with homogeneous freezing show a full range of ice number concentrations (INC) as previously observed in the tropical upper troposphere. The simulations confirm that the dynamical time scale of temperature variations (as seen from observations) can be shorter than the nucleation time scale. They show the existence of two regimes for homogeneous ice nucleation : one limited by the depletion of water vapor by the nucleated ice crystals (those we name vapor events) and one limited by the reincrease of temperature after its initial decrease (temperature events). Low INC may thus be obtained for temperature events when the gravity wave perturbations produce a non-persistent cooling rate (even with large magnitude) such that the absolute change in temperature remains small during nucleation. This result for temperature events is explained analytically by a dependence of the INC on the absolute drop in temperature (and not on the cooling rate). This work supports the hypothesis that even acting alone homogeneous ice nucleation is not necessarily inconsistent with observations of low INC. Spichtinger, P. and Krämer, M.: Tropical tropopause ice clouds: a dynamic approach to the mystery of low crystal numbers, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 9801-9818, doi:10.5194/acp-13-9801-2013, 2013. Jensen, E. J., Diskin, G., Lawson, R. P., Lance, S., Bui, T. P., Hlavka, D., McGill, M., Pfister, L., Toon, O. B., and Gao, R.: Ice nucleation and dehydration in the Tropical Tropopause Layer, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 110, 2041-2046, doi:10.1073/pnas.1217104110, 2013.

  18. GLOBAL WARMING AND THE GREENLAND ICE SHEET PETR CHYLEK1, 3, JASON E. BOX2 and GLEN LESINS3

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    Born, Andreas

    Mode may be of critical consequence to the future temperature forcing of the Greenland ice sheet melt). It is interesting to note that a melting of either the Greenland or the West Antarctic ice sheet would produce temperature, it is important to ask whether there is any indication that the Greenland ice sheet is melting

  19. Correlations between Inter-Annual Variations in Arctic Sea Ice Extent, Greenland Surface Melt, and Boreal Snow Cover

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    Markus, Thorstena; Stroeve, Julienne C.; Armstrong, Richard L.

    2004-01-01

    Intensification of global warming in recent decades has caused a rise of interest in year-to-year and decadal-scale climate variability in the Arctic. This is because the Arctic is believed to be one of the most sensitive and vulnerable regions to climatic changes. For over two decades satellite passive microwave observations have been utilized to continuously monitor the Arctic environment. Derived parameters include sea ice cover, snow cover and snow water equivalent over land, and Greenland melt extent and length of melt season. Most studies have primarily concentrated on trends and variations of individual variables. In this study we investigated how variations in sea ice cover, Greenland surface melt, and boreal snow cover are correlated. This was done on hemispheric as well as on regional scales. Latest results will be presented including data from the summer of 2004.

  20. Using Digital Imagery from a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Estimate Arctic Melt Pond Coverage on Sea Ice

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    Mulac, B. L.; Tschudi, M. A.; Maslanik, J. A.; Holland, G. J.

    2004-12-01

    Photo mapping of melt pond coverage on sea ice was undertaken in the Arctic during the summer of 2004 using an Aerosonde. Aerosondes are small, long endurance UAV designed to undertake a wide range of operations in a highly flexible and inexpensive mode. The Aerosonde conducts a defined mission in a completely autonomous mode. All flights are under the command of a ground controller who can change missions and respond to air traffic control requests, etc. An NSF-funded effort (Office of Polar Programs' Long Term Observations [LTO]) is now underway to deploy Aerosondes for routine mapping and atmospheric sounding missions in the Arctic. Aerosondes were deployed at Barrow, AK, during June, 2004 as part of the LTO effort. During this deployment, several flights were dedicated to examining the fractional coverage of melt ponds over sea ice in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, as part of a study funded by NASA. Melt ponds have been identified as a key feature in determining the amount of solar insulation absorbed by sea ice, and hence is a primary controller of the melt rate of the ice through the summer. Sea ice models have, to date, crudely parameterized ponds, due in part to a lack of large-scale observations of their temporal and spatial evolution. The NASA-funded study uses observations from the EOS sensor MODIS to estimate pond fraction over a large portion of the Beaufort and Chukchi, by examining several spectral (visible and near-infrared) MODIS bands and deducing melt pond coverage from the known spectral properties of ponds. The Aerosonde flights dedicated to the melt pond study were necessary to test the validity of the pond coverage estimated using the MODIS data. A downward-looking Olympus C-3030 digital camera was mounted within the Aerosonde to photograph the sea ice. The digital photos are analyzed to classify each photo according to the percentage cover of melt ponds, unponded ice, and open water. These estimates are compared to the values retrieved using MODIS for the same area of coverage. To enhance these comparisons, missions were flown with 10 km x 10 km grid patterns, with overlapping (along-track and cross-track) digital photos, which allow for comparison with 400 MODIS pixels (500 m resolution). Additional missions were designed to examine the evolution of pond coverage over sea ice off the coast of Point Barrow, Alaska. The sea ice in this area of interest was fast ice (i.e. not drifting ice) and served as an area where melt ponds can be observed during formation and their evolution through the summer. The Aerosonde team flew several flights paralleling Point Barrow and overlapping in a pattern that provided contiguous digital camera images of the fast ice from shore to a few km off the coast. These flights were repeated several times during June, providing imagery that will assist investigators in determining how pond fraction changes over this period. The technique and results of pond coverage estimation from airborne digital photography will be presented, as will comparisons to estimates retrieved using MODIS.

  1. Substrate Effect on the Melting Temperature of Thin Polyethylene Films M. Rafailovich,1,* J. Sokolov,1

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    technique, lateral scanning force modulation, was used to determine the melting point of the semicrystalline of surface interactions, as well as crystalline orientation and morphology, on the melting point of crysSubstrate Effect on the Melting Temperature of Thin Polyethylene Films Y. Wang,1 M. Rafailovich,1

  2. Snow Cover Effects on Glacier Ice Surface Temperature Margherita Maggioni*{

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    Williams, Mark W.

    of rounded crystals originated by melt-freeze metamorphism, while in the season poor in snow depth hoar and faceted crystals prevailed, due to the higher temperature gradient. From these two winter seasons­2006, the shallow depth of snow did not allow basal temperature to reach an equilibrium value and the snow

  3. A synthetic ice core approach to estimate ion relocation in an ice field site experiencing periodical melt; a case study on Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard

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    Vega, C. P.; Pohjola, V. A.; Beaudon, E.; Claremar, B.; van Pelt, W. J. J.; Pettersson, R.; Isaksson, E.; Martma, T.; Schwikowski, M.; Bøggild, C. E.

    2015-09-01

    Physical and chemical properties of four different ice cores (LF-97, LF-08, LF-09 and LF-11) drilled at Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard, were compared to investigate the effects of meltwater percolation on the chemical and physical stratigraphy of these records. A synthetic ice core approach was employed as reference record to estimate the ionic relocation and meltwater percolation length at this site during the period 2007-2010. Using this method, the ion elution sequence obtained for Lomonosovfonna was SO42- > NO3- > NH4+ > Mg2+ > Cl-, K+ > Na+ > Ca2+, with acidic ions being the most mobile within the snowpack. The relocation length of most of the ions was in the order of 1 m, with the exception of SO42- showing relocation lengths > 2 m during this period. In addition, by using both a positive degree day (PDD) and a snow-energy model approaches to estimate the percentage of melt at Lomonosovfonna, we have calculated a melt percentage (MP) of the total annual accumulation within the range between 48 and 70 %, for the period between 2007 and 2010 which is above the MP range suggested by the ion relocation evidenced in the LF-syn core (i.e. MP = 30 %). Using a firn-densification model to constrain the melt range, a MP of 30 % was found over the same period which is consistent with the results of the synthetic ice core approach, and a 45 % of melt for the last 60 years. Considering the ionic relocation lengths and annual melt percentages, we estimate that the atmospheric ionic signal remains preserved in recently drilled Lomonosovfonna ice cores at an annual or bi-annual resolution.

  4. Pressure dependence of the melting temperature of solids - Rare-gas solids

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    Schlosser, Herbert; Ferrante, John

    1991-01-01

    A method presented by Schlosser et al. (1989) for analyzing the pressure dependence of experimental melting-temperature data is applied to rare-gas solids. The plots of the logarithm of the reduced melting temperature vs that of the reduced pressure are straight lines in the absence of phase transitions. The plots of the reduced melting temperatures for Ar, Kr, and Xe are shown to be approximately straight lines.

  5. Evaluation of an ice ablation model to estimate the contribution of melting glacier ice to annual discharge in the Nepal Himalaya

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    Racoviteanu, Adina E.; Armstrong, Richard; Williams, Mark W.

    2013-09-01

    This study focuses on the contribution of annual glacier ice melt to streamflow along two rivers in two watersheds situated in the monsoon-influenced part of the Nepal Himalaya (Trishuli and Dudh Kosi basins). We used a simple elevation-dependent ice ablation model based on glacier areas from Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) and IKONOS remote-sensing data combined with hypsometry from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). Long-term hydrologic measurements were used to calculate the percent contribution of the glacier ice melt component of the water balance to discharge at various elevations and distances from glacier outlets. Glacier ice melt was positively correlated with the basin glacierized area and contributed 58.3% to annual flow in the small Langtang Khola watershed in the Trishuli basin (43.5% glacierized area) and 21.2% in the Hinku watershed in Dudh Kosi basin (34.7% glacierized area). Of this, 17.7% and 4.1% of streamflow, respectively, was due to the contribution of debris-covered glaciers in Langtang Khola and Hinku. The contribution of glacier ice melt to measured discharge decreased substantially toward lowland locations in both study sites, i.e., 9.5% of the streamflow measured at Betrawati (600 m) and 7.4% at Rabuwa Bazaar (470 m), about 50 km from glacier termini. Glacier ice melt contribution decreased to 4.5% of annual discharge further downstream in Trishuli basin (at 325 m, about 75 km from glacier termini). At low elevations, debris-covered tongues contributed a small percent (1.1% and 3.0%) to measured discharge at Betrawati and Rabuwa Bazaar stations, respectively. We independently evaluated the ice ablation approach with synoptic sampling of stable water isotopes (?18O and ?D) collected during the post-monsoon season to quantify the contribution of various sources of water to river flow. Mixing models showed groundwater to be an important component of river flow within only tens of kilometers of the glacier outlets in the post-monsoon season.

  6. Correlation between average melting temperature and glass transition temperature in metallic glasses

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    Lu, Zhibin; Li, Jiangong

    2009-02-01

    The correlation between average melting temperature (?Tm?) and glass transition temperature (Tg) in metallic glasses (MGs) is analyzed. A linear relationship, Tg=0.385?Tm?, is observed. This correlation agrees with Egami's suggestion [Rep. Prog. Phys. 47, 1601 (1984)]. The prediction of Tg from ?Tm? through the relationship Tg=0.385?Tm? has been tested using experimental data obtained on a large number of MGs. This relationship can be used to predict and design MGs with a desired Tg.

  7. Temperature effects on atomic pair distribution functions of melts

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    Ding, J. Ma, E.; Xu, M.; Guan, P. F.; Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Beijing 100086 ; Deng, S. W.; Department of Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 ; Cheng, Y. Q.

    2014-02-14

    Using molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate the temperature-dependent evolution of the first peak position/shape in pair distribution functions of liquids. For metallic liquids, the peak skews towards the left (shorter distance side) with increasing temperature, similar to the previously reported anomalous peak shift. Making use of constant-volume simulations in the absence of thermal expansion and change in inherent structure, we demonstrate that the apparent shift of the peak maximum can be a result of the asymmetric shape of the peak, as the asymmetry increases with temperature-induced spreading of neighboring atoms to shorter and longer distances due to the anharmonic nature of the interatomic interaction potential. These findings shed light on the first-shell expansion/contraction paradox for metallic liquids, aside from possible changes in local topological or chemical short-range ordering. The melts of covalent materials are found to exhibit an opposite trend of peak shift, which is attributed to an effect of the directionality of the interatomic bonds.

  8. Femtosecond laser melting and resolidifying of high-temperature powder materials

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    Nie, Bai; Huang, Huan; Bai, Shuang; Liu, Jian

    2015-01-01

    Though the development of laser additive manufacturing has achieved great success and has been widely used for various materials, it still has limited applications for materials with high melting temperature. In this report, we explore the feasibility of using femtosecond lasers to melt and resolidify these materials, as femtosecond lasers can generate MW-level peak power and create high local temperature. Tungsten, which has the highest melting point (3,422 ) among all the elements, and several other materials with melting temperature higher than 3,000 are chosen for the proof of concept. For the first time, femtosecond laser melting and resolidification of these high-temperature powder materials is achieved. Fabricated samples are characterized by scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results manifest that femtosecond laser melting can be an ideal solution for laser additive manufacturing of high-temperature materials.

  9. Destabilisation of an Arctic ice cap triggered by a hydro-thermodynamic feedback to summer-melt

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    Dunse, T.; Schellenberger, T.; Kääb, A.; Hagen, J. O.; Schuler, T. V.; Reijmer, C. H.

    2014-05-01

    Mass loss from glaciers and ice sheets currently accounts for two-thirds of the observed global sea-level rise and has accelerated since the 1990s, coincident with strong atmospheric warming in the Polar Regions. Here we present continuous GPS measurements and satellite synthetic aperture radar based velocity maps from the Austfonna ice cap, Svalbard, that demonstrate strong links between surface-melt and multiannual ice-flow acceleration. We identify a hydro-thermodynamic feedback that successively mobilizes stagnant ice regions, initially frozen to their bed, thereby facilitating fast basal motion over an expanding area. By autumn 2012, successive destabilization of the marine terminus escalated in a surge of the ice cap's largest drainage basin, Basin-3. The resulting iceberg discharge of 4.2 ± 1.6 Gt a-1 over the period April 2012 to May 2013 triples the calving loss from the entire ice cap. After accounting for the terminus advance, the related sea-level rise contribution of 7.2 ± 2.6 Gt a-1 matches the recent annual ice-mass loss from the entire Svalbard archipelago. Our study highlights the importance of dynamic glacier wastage and illuminates mechanisms that may trigger a sustained increase in dynamic glacier wastage or the disintegration of ice-sheets in response to climate warming, which is acknowledged but not quantified in global projections of sea-level rise.

  10. Ice sheets

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    Bentley, Charles G.; Thomas, Robert H.; Velicogna, Isabella

    2007-01-01

    Surface melt-induced acceleration of Greenland ice- sheetmass of ice in Greenland and Antarctica were to melt CHAPTERGreenland, only a tiny proportion of the mass loss from the Antarctic Ice Sheet occurs by melting from the surface – summer- time melt

  11. Joule heating effects on quartz particle melting in high-temperature silicate melt

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    Vlasov, V.; Volokitin, G.; Skripnikova, N.; Volokitin, O.; Shekhovtsov, V.

    2015-10-01

    This work is mostly focused on the melting process model simulation of quartz particles having the radius within the range of 10-6-10-3 m. The melting process is simulated accounting for the heat generation at an electric current passage through a quartz particle.

  12. LWC and Temperature Effects on Ice Accretion Formation on Swept Wings at Glaze Ice Conditions

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    Vargas, Mario; Reshotko, Eli

    2000-01-01

    An experiment was conducted to study the effect of liquid water content and temperature on the critical distance in ice accretion formation on swept wings at glaze ice conditions. The critical distance is defined as the distance from the attachment line to tile beginning of the zone where roughness elements develop into glaze ice feathers. A baseline case of 150 mph, 25 F, 0.75 g/cu m. Cloud Liquid Water Content (LWC) and 20 micrometers in Water Droplet Median Volume Diameter (MVD) was chosen. Icing runs were performed on a NACA 0012 swept wing tip at 150 mph and MVD of 20 micrometers for liquid water contents of 0.5 g/cu m, 0.75 g/cu m, and 1.0 g/cu m, and for total temperatures of 20 F, 25 F and 30 F. At each tunnel condition, the sweep angle was changed from 0 deg to 45 deg in 5 deg increments. Casting data, ice shape tracings, and close-up photographic data were obtained. The results showed that decreasing the LWC to 0.5 g/cu m decreases the value of the critical distance at a given sweep angle compared to the baseline case, and starts the formation of complete scallops at 30 sweep angle. Increasing the LWC to 1.0 g/cu m increases the value of the critical distance compared to the baseline case, the critical distance remains always above 0 millimeters and complete scallops are not formed. Decreasing the total temperature to 20 F decreases the critical distance with respect to the baseline case and formation of complete scallops begins at 25 deg sweep angle. When the total temperature is increased to 30 F, bumps covered with roughness elements appear on the ice accretion at 25 deg and 30 deg sweep angles, large ice structures appear at 35 deg and 40 deg sweep angles, and complete scallops are formed at 45 deg sweep angle.

  13. Sensitivity of Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance to perturbations in sea surface temperature and sea ice cover: a study with the regional climate model MAR

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    Noël, B.; Fettweis, X.; van de Berg, W. J.; van den Broeke, M. R.; Erpicum, M.

    2014-10-01

    During recent summers (2007-2012), several surface melt records were broken over the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS). The extreme summer melt resulted in part from a persistent negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), favoring warmer atmospheric conditions than normal over the GrIS. Simultaneously, large anomalies in sea ice cover (SIC) and sea surface temperature (SST) were observed in the North Atlantic, suggesting a possible connection. To assess the direct impact of 2007-2012 SIC and SST anomalies on GrIS surface mass balance (SMB), a set of sensitivity experiments was carried out with the regional climate model MAR forced by ERA-Interim. These simulations suggest that perturbations in SST and SIC in the seas surrounding Greenland do not considerably impact GrIS SMB, as a result of the katabatic wind blocking effect. These offshore-directed winds prevent oceanic near-surface air, influenced by SIC and SST anomalies, from penetrating far inland. Therefore, the ice sheet SMB response is restricted to coastal regions, where katabatic winds cease. A topic for further investigation is how anomalies in SIC and SST might have indirectly affected the surface melt by changing the general circulation in the North Atlantic region, hence favoring more frequent warm air advection towards the GrIS.

  14. 21 CFR 1250.85 - Drinking fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles.

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    ...fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles. 1250.85 Section 1250...fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles. (a) Drinking fountains...contact with water in coolers or constant temperature bottles. (c) Constant...

  15. 21 CFR 1250.85 - Drinking fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles.

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  16. 21 CFR 1250.85 - Drinking fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles.

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    ...fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles. 1250.85 Section 1250...fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles. (a) Drinking fountains...contact with water in coolers or constant temperature bottles. (c) Constant...

  17. 21 CFR 1250.85 - Drinking fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles.

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    ...fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles. 1250.85 Section 1250...fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles. (a) Drinking fountains...contact with water in coolers or constant temperature bottles. (c) Constant...

  18. 21 CFR 1250.85 - Drinking fountains and coolers; ice; constant temperature bottles.

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  19. Subglacial drainage of surface melt water affects ice motion: Application of a modeling study to West Greenland

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    Chu, W.; Creyts, T. T.; Bell, R. E.

    2013-12-01

    Subglacial hydrology is one of the main controlling factors in the spatial and temporal evolution of ice flow. The distribution of effective pressure and the form of subglacial drainage networks have important implications on basal sliding. However, subglacial melt water drainage is dynamic in space and time and varies in a complicated manner coupled to surface hydrology. Despite recent conceptual advances, relatively little is known about how the surface hydrology interacts with the subglacial drainage system and how it affects effective pressure and ice flow. Here, we build a 2D numerical model of subglacial drainage to investigate the coupling between drainage of surface melt water and glacier motion. A synthetic glacier geometry is used to obtain the steady-state solutions for effective pressure and subglacial conduit sizes on a rectangular grid. The model has channels and distributed linked cavities that occupy the grid centers and exchange water along the grid edges. The numerical procedure uses Newton's method to compute water pressure and conduit cross-sectional area. The water pressure solution is applied to a sliding law to calculate ice flow speed. We then applied the water model to a 6000 km2 catchment south of Jakobshavn Isbrae along the western margin of Greenland. The water model is forced with surface melt input from the Polar MM5 regional climate model. Surface melt is supplied at discrete locations through supraglacial lakes. The location of supraglacial lakes are identified from satellite imagery. We compare modeled output of ice speed to satellite derived measurements of ice flow and discuss their agreements and discrepancies.

  20. The fate of Greenland meltwater: Progress and challenges in understanding the influence of surface melt on ice sheet dynamics and runoff in a highly transient hydrologic system (Invited)

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    Das, S. B.; Behn, M. D.; Joughin, I. R.; Fahnestock, M. A.; McConnell, J. R.; Stevens, L. A.; Straneo, F.; Plueddemann, A. J.; Singh, H.

    2013-12-01

    Melting on polar ice sheets is an important glaciological phenomena. Meltwater runoff directly contributes to ice sheet mass loss and sea level rise; the presence of meltwater changes the physical and biogeochemical nature of the supraglacial, englacial and subglacial environments; and meltwater delivers significant freshwater, chemical and sediment fluxes to the downstream proglacial and marine environments. Furthermore, meltwater has the potential to further influence ice loss through ice dynamic response to melt-induced thinning, and/or by changing the nature of the subglacial hydrologic system. Here we present results from a range of studies across a segment of the west Greenland ice sheet from the ice margin through the wet snow zone highlighting the transient nature of the hydrologic system. We combine satellite, surface and oceanographic observations from the marine ice edge to near the equilibrium line altitude (ELA) to investigate meltwater routing, runoff, and ice dynamic response. At the ice front, we use hydrographic observations to investigate submarine meltwater runoff and interaction with the ice front and fjord. Along the ice margin, large ice-dammed proglacial lakes are observed to form and drain subglacially with increasing frequency (annual to decadal-scale). Further inland, large supraglacial lake drainages provide large pulses of surface melt to the subglacial environment, and create pathways for seasonal melt to access the bed. Across the ablation region we use a network of surface GPS observations to examine the ice surface speed-up in response to diurnal- to seasonal-scale melt variability over multiple summers along a glacial flow line from near the ice margin towards the ELA. Above the ELA, we use ice-core stratigraphy to provide a longer temporal context of past surface melt variability in this region, showing high interannual and decadal melt variability throughout the 20th century. Overall we find that this region is characterized by high spatially and temporally variable melt input to the glacial system. Combined with the inherent difficulty in observing the subglacial and proglacial environments, this presents large challenges towards understanding the overall impact of meltwater on ice sheet processes, and to predicting future behavior of the ice sheet under warming scenarios.

  1. Correlation of river water and local sea-ice melting on the Laptev Sea shelf (Siberian Arctic)

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    Bauch, Dorothea; HöLemann, Jens A.; Nikulina, Anna; Wegner, Carolyn; Janout, Markus A.; Timokhov, Leonid A.; Kassens, Heidemarie

    2013-01-01

    Hydrographic and stable isotope (?18O) data from four summer surveys in the Laptev Sea are used to derive fractions of sea-ice meltwater and river water. Sea-ice meltwater fractions are found to be correlated to river water fractions. While initial heat of river discharge is too small to melt the observed 0-158 km3 of sea-ice meltwater, arctic rivers contain suspended particles and colored dissolved organic material that preferentially absorb solar radiation. Accordingly, heat content in surface waters is correlated to river water fractions. But in years when river water is largely absent within the surface layer, absolute heat content values increase to considerably higher values with extended exposure time to solar radiation and sensible heat. Nevertheless, no net sea-ice melting is observed on the shelf in years when river water is largely absent within the surface layer. The total freshwater volume of the central-eastern Laptev Sea (72-76°N, 122-140°E) varies between ~1000 and 1500 km3 (34.92 reference salinity). It is dominated by varying river water volumes (~1300-1800 km3) reduced by an about constant freshwater deficit (~350-400 km3) related to sea-ice formation. Net sea-ice melt (~109-158 km3) is only present in years with high river water budgets. Intermediate to bottom layer (>25 salinities) contain ~60% and 30% of the river budget in years with low and high river budgets, respectively. The average mean residence time of shelf waters was ~2-3 years during 2007-2009.

  2. Characterizing the sea ice algae chlorophyll a-snow depth relationship over Arctic spring melt using transmitted irradiance

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    Campbell, K.; Mundy, C. J.; Barber, D. G.; Gosselin, M.

    2015-07-01

    The bottom ice algae chlorophyll a (chl a)-snow depth (HS) relationship was investigated for first-year sea ice in Allen Bay, Nunavut, from 27 April to 13 June 2011. A transmitted irradiance technique was used to estimate ice algae chl a throughout the period at time series locations covered and cleared of snow. Furthermore, chl a was estimated along transects perpendicular to dominant snowdrift orientation, and at short-term snow clear experimental sites. The association between chl a and most snow depths was characterized by four phases over the spring; light limitation (negative relationship), a transitional period (no relationship), chl a decline associated with higher transmitted irradiance (positive relationship), and a final phase of chl a decline independent from HS (no relationship). Algal chl a under areas cleared of snow was lower, reached zero chl a earlier and declined faster than snow-covered control sites. Results indicated that snow removal caused these chl a responses through photoinhibition, as well as ice melt later in the spring. Based on this research we propose that weather events that can rapidly melt the snowpack could significantly deplete bottom ice chl a and cause early termination of the bloom if they occur late in the spring.

  3. Persistent influence of ice sheet melting on high northern latitude climate during the early Last Interglacial

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    Govin, A.; Braconnot, P.; Capron, E.; Cortijo, E.; Duplessy, J.-C.; Jansen, E.; Labeyrie, L.; Landais, A.; Marti, O.; Michel, E.; Mosquet, E.; Risebrobakken, B.; Swingedouw, D.; Waelbroeck, C.

    2011-10-01

    Although the Last Interglacial (LIG) is often considered as a possible analogue for future climate in high latitudes, its precise climate evolution and associated causes remain uncertain. Here we compile high-resolution marine sediment records from the North Atlantic, Labrador Sea, Norwegian Sea and the Southern Ocean. We document a delay in the establishment of peak interglacial conditions in the North Atlantic, Labrador and Norwegian Seas as compared to the Southern Ocean. In particular, we observe a persistent iceberg melting at high northern latitudes at the beginning of the LIG. It suggests that the input of meltwater has maintained (1) colder and fresher surface-water conditions in the North Atlantic, Labrador and Norwegian Seas and (2) weaker ventilation of North Atlantic deep waters during the early LIG (129-125.5 ka) compared to the late LIG. Results from an ocean-atmosphere coupled model with insolation as a sole forcing for three key periods of the LIG show that insolation variations alone lead to warmer North Atlantic surface waters and stronger Atlantic overturning during the early LIG (126 ka) than the late LIG (122 ka). Hence insolation variations alone do not explain the delay in peak interglacial conditions observed at high northern latitudes. When freshwater input is interactively computed at 126 ka in response to the high boreal summer insolation, the model simulates colder, fresher North Atlantic surface waters and weaker Atlantic overturning during the early LIG (126 ka) compared to the late LIG (122 ka). This result indicates that both insolation variations and ice sheet melting have to be considered to reproduce the LIG climate evolution and supports our hypothesis that optimal thermal and deep ocean circulation conditions at high northern latitudes develop during the late LIG only, when the freshwater supply has already ceased.

  4. Melting Temperature of High-Temperature Fixed Points for Thermocouple Calibrations

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    Pearce, J. V.; Montag, V.; Lowe, D.; Dong, W.

    2011-01-01

    Thermocouples can be calibrated at pure metal ingot-based fixed points at temperatures up to the freezing point of copper (1084.62 °C). For Pt/Pd thermocouples, the deviation from the accepted reference function very often takes an approximately linear form up to the copper fixed point. The calibration of Pt/Pd thermocouples may therefore be more amenable to extrapolation than that of Pt/Pt-Rh thermocouples. Here, the melting temperatures of a Co-C and a Pd-C eutectic fixed point are determined by extrapolating the deviation functions of several Pt/Pd thermocouples, after the fashion of Edler et al. The results are compared with the melting temperatures measured using non-contact radiation thermometry. The expanded uncertainty ( k = 2) of the melting temperatures determined by extrapolation of the Pt/Pd thermocouple calibrations is ±0.32 °C for the Co-C fixed point, and ±0.49 °C for the Pd-C fixed point. For both fixed points, these uncertainties are comparable to those of non-contact radiation thermometry measurements. While a number of assumptions are made in performing the extrapolation of the calibrations, the method does appear to offer a useful complement to non-contact radiation thermometry measurements.

  5. THE SHRINKING ARCTIC ICE CAP From the IPCC* Summary For Policymakers...

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    THE SHRINKING ARCTIC ICE CAP From the IPCC* Summary For Policymakers... "Sea ice is projected] - a phenomenon sometimes referred to as "Arctic amplification". As Arctic temperatures rise, sea ice melts for the 20th century. The rate at which the modeled 21st century Arctic warming and sea ice melting occurs

  6. The Holocene thermal maximum in the Nordic Seas: the impact of Greenland Ice Sheet melt and other forcings in a coupled atmosphere-sea-ice-ocean model

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    Blaschek, M.; Renssen, H.

    2013-07-01

    The relatively warm early Holocene climate in the Nordic Seas, known as the Holocene thermal maximum (HTM), is often associated with an orbitally forced summer insolation maximum at 10 ka BP. The spatial and temporal response recorded in proxy data in the North Atlantic and the Nordic Seas reveals a complex interaction of mechanisms active in the HTM. Previous studies have investigated the impact of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS), as a remnant from the previous glacial period, altering climate conditions with a continuous supply of melt water to the Labrador Sea and adjacent seas and with a downwind cooling effect from the remnant LIS. In our present work we extend this approach by investigating the impact of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) on the early Holocene climate and the HTM. Reconstructions suggest melt rates of 13 mSv for 9 ka BP, which result in our model in an ocean surface cooling of up to 2 K near Greenland. Reconstructed summer SST gradients agree best with our simulation including GIS melt, confirming that the impact of the early Holocene GIS is crucial for understanding the HTM characteristics in the Nordic Seas area. This implies that modern and near-future GIS melt can be expected to play an active role in the climate system in the centuries to come.

  7. Plasma-melting and plasma-melt-gas-atomization of high temperature intermetallic compounds (Nb3Al)

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    Kohno, T.; Kohmoto, H.; Murahashi, N.

    There has been much interest in rapidly solidified niobium-aluminides (Nb3Al) as structural materials for ultrahigh temperature applications. Pressurizing melting atmosphere to approximately 0.25 MPa can reduce Al vaporization during plasma melting. A unique plasma-melt-gas-atomization process (PMGA) has been developed for making rapidly-solidified powder of high temperature intermetallic compounds such as Nb3Al. In this technique, we use only water-cooled copper as a tundish for bottom poring, instead of refractories or refractory metals. The crystal structure of PMGA'ed Nb3Al powder consists of an almost Al-saturated solid solution of niobium (bcc). This fact means that the solidification rate of PMGA is sufficiently high.

  8. Short Communication: Atmospheric moisture transport, the bridge between ocean evaporation and Arctic ice melting

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    Gimeno, L.; Vázquez, M.; Nieto, R.; Trigo, R. M.

    2015-06-01

    If we could choose a region where the effects of global warming are likely to be pronounced and considerable, and at the same time one where the changes could affect the global climate in similarly asymmetric way with respect to other regions, this would unequivocally be the Arctic. The atmospheric branch of the hydrological cycle lies behind the linkages between the Arctic system and the global climate. Changes in the atmospheric moisture transport have been proposed as a vehicle for interpreting the most significant changes in the Arctic region. This is because the transport of moisture from the extratropical regions to the Arctic has increased in recent decades, and is expected to increase within a warming climate. This increase could be due either to changes in circulation patterns which have altered the moisture sources, or to changes in the intensity of the moisture sources because of enhanced evaporation, or a combination of these two mechanisms. In this short communication we focus on the assessing more objectively the strong link between ocean evaporation trends and Arctic Sea ice melting. We will critically analyze several recent results suggesting links between moisture transport and the extent of sea-ice in the Arctic, this being one of the most distinct indicators of continuous climate change both in the Arctic and on a global scale. To do this we will use a sophisticated Lagrangian approach to develop a more robust framework on some of these previous disconnect ng results, using new information and insights. Among the many mechanisms that could be involved are hydrological (increased Arctic river discharges), radiative (increase of cloud cover and water vapour) and meteorological (increase in summer storms crossing the Arctic, or increments in precipitation).

  9. Melt pond fraction and spectral sea ice albedo retrieval from MERIS data - Part 1: Validation against in situ, aerial, and ship cruise data

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    Istomina, L.; Heygster, G.; Huntemann, M.; Schwarz, P.; Birnbaum, G.; Scharien, R.; Polashenski, C.; Perovich, D.; Zege, E.; Malinka, A.; Prikhach, A.; Katsev, I.

    2015-08-01

    The presence of melt ponds on the Arctic sea ice strongly affects the energy balance of the Arctic Ocean in summer. It affects albedo as well as transmittance through the sea ice, which has consequences for the heat balance and mass balance of sea ice. An algorithm to retrieve melt pond fraction and sea ice albedo from Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) data is validated against aerial, shipborne and in situ campaign data. The results show the best correlation for landfast and multiyear ice of high ice concentrations. For broadband albedo, R2 is equal to 0.85, with the RMS (root mean square) being equal to 0.068; for the melt pond fraction, R2 is equal to 0.36, with the RMS being equal to 0.065. The correlation for lower ice concentrations, subpixel ice floes, blue ice and wet ice is lower due to ice drift and challenging for the retrieval surface conditions. Combining all aerial observations gives a mean albedo RMS of 0.089 and a mean melt pond fraction RMS of 0.22. The in situ melt pond fraction correlation is R2 = 0.52 with an RMS = 0.14. Ship cruise data might be affected by documentation of varying accuracy within the Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt) protocol, which may contribute to the discrepancy between the satellite value and the observed value: mean R2 = 0.044, mean RMS = 0.16. An additional dynamic spatial cloud filter for MERIS over snow and ice has been developed to assist with the validation on swath data.

  10. The influence of surface boundary conditions on the phonon contribution to the melting temperature of nanoparticles

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    Xu, Yuanyuan; Kang, Kai; Qin, Shaojing

    2016-01-01

    The phonon thermal contribution to the melting temperature of nano-particles is inspected. Unlike in periodic boundary condition, under a general boundary condition the integration volume of low energy phonon for a nano-particle is more complex. We estimate the size-dependent melting temperature through the phase shift of the low energy phonon mode acquired by its scattering on boundary surface. A nano-particle can have either a rising or a decreasing melting temperature due to the boundary condition effect, and we found that an upper melting temperature bound exists for a nano-particle in various environments. Moreover, the melting temperature under a fixed boundary condition sets this upper bound.

  11. Two decades of ice melt reconstruction in Greenland and Antarctica from time-variable gravity

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    Talpe, M.; Nerem, R. S.; Lemoine, F. G.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, we present a record of ice-sheet melt derived from space-borne gravity that spans over two decades—beyond the time-frame of the GRACE mission. GRACE fields are merged with conventional tracking data (SLR/DORIS) spanning 1992 to the present. They are provided as weekly global fields of degree and order five without C50 and S50 but with C61 and S61. Their multi-decade timespan complements the monthly fields of GRACE of degree and order 60 that start in 2003 and will end when the GRACE mission terminates. The two datasets are combined via an empirical orthogonal function analysis, whereby the conventional tracking data temporal modes are obtained by fitting the SLR/DORIS coefficients to the GRACE spatial modes via linear least squares. Combining those temporal modes with GRACE spatial modes yields the reconstructed global gravity fields. The error budget of the reconstructions is composed of three components: the SLR/DORIS covariances, the errors estimated from the assumption that GRACE spatial modes can be mapped over the SLR/DORIS timeframe, and the covariances from the least squares fit applied to obtain the SLR/DORIS temporal modes. The reconstructed surface mass changes in Greenland and Antarctica, predominantly captured in the first mode, show a rate of mass loss that is increasing since 1992. The trend of mass changes in Greenland over various epochs match with an overarching study assembling altimetry, gravimetry, and interferometry estimates of ice-sheet balance over a 1992-2011 time-frame [Shepherd et al., 2012]. Antarctica shows a trend that is different because of updated GIA models [A et al., 2013] compared to the other studies. We will also show regional mass changes over various other basins, as well as the influence of each SLR/DORIS coefficient on the reconstructions. The consistency of these results underscores the possibility of using low-resolution SLR/DORIS time-variable gravity solutions as a way to continuously monitor the behavior of the polar ice-sheets in the absence of GRACE. Shepherd, A., et al. (2012), Science 338, 1183. A, G., J. Wahr, and S. Zhong (2013), GJI 192, 557.

  12. Automatic estimation of lake ice cover and lake surface temperature using ENVISAT MERIS and AATSR

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    Rudjord, Ø.; Due Trier, Ø.; Solberg, R.

    2012-04-01

    Lake ice plays an important role in the understanding of the processes of cold region freshwater. On northern latitudes lakes form a major part of atmospheric and hydrologic systems, and a proper understanding of the water and energy budget of lakes is necessary to be able to forecast weather, climate and river flows. We will here present two algorithms for automatic estimation of lake ice cover and lake surface temperature using optical and thermal data, well suited for evaluating large time series of data. The method for estimating the lake surface temperature (LST) from measurements of thermal radiation is based on the well-known algorithm developed by Key (1997). We make use of the thermal (11?m and 12 ?m) bands of the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) sensor on board ENVISAT. AATSR consists of two identical sensors, one pointing towards nadir and one pointing slightly forward. Both sensors are used for temperature retrieval. For estimating lake ice cover (LIC) we make use of the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) sensor, also carried by ENVISAT. The method for estimating the lake ice cover is based on linear spectral unmixing, allowing estimation of endmember contribution at sub-pixel resolution. Open water, snow and ice all have distinct spectra, which makes them well suited for spectral unmixing methods. The ice cover within a pixel is based on the estimated presence of ice and snow on the lake surface. Both algorithms are integrated in a common software framework, with geo-correction, mosaicking and mask generation. Simultaneous AATSR images are used for cloud detection for both products. Since the spectral unmixing algorithm is sensitive to spectral variation, atmospheric correction is applied to the MERIS data. For this purpose we use the SMAC processor in the BEAM software. Both algorithms are compared to in situ point measurements. Additionally, visual interpretation of MERIS image data is done for further evaluation of the LIC product. Result show to be promising for the winter period. During the melting season, however, the algorithm for LIC returns more ambiguous results, as ice and snow tend to be covered with water. We will present the methods used and the current state of the algorithms. We will also present some results from a time series of data and discuss the results.

  13. Snowmelt detection over the Greenland ice sheet from SSM/I brightness temperature daily variations

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    Tedesco, Marco

    2007-01-01

    We propose a technique for monitoring snowmelt over the Greenland ice sheet between 1992 and 2005 based on the difference between ascending and descending brightness temperatures (DAV) measured either at 19.35- or 37- GHz by the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I). Wet snow is detected when both brightness temperatures and DAV values exceed fixed thresholds. Differently from existing techniques, a multi-frequency approach allows detection of wet snow at different depths and intensities, providing a tool for improving climatological and hydrological applications. Air temperature values either recorded by ground based stations or derived from model are used for calibrating and validating the technique. Results are compared with those obtained using backscattering coefficients recorded by the NASA's Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) during an extreme melting event occurring on June 2002. Long-term results show that snowmelt extent has been increasing at a rate of ~40,000 Km2 per year for the past 14 years.

  14. Limits to future expansion of surface-melt-enhanced ice flow into the interior of western Greenland

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    Poinar, Kristin; Joughin, Ian; Das, Sarah B.; Behn, Mark D.; Lenaerts, Jan T. M.; Broeke, Michiel R.

    2015-03-01

    Moulins are important conduits for surface meltwater to reach the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet. It has been proposed that in a warming climate, newly formed moulins associated with the inland migration of supraglacial lakes could introduce surface melt to new regions of the bed, introducing or enhancing sliding there. By examining surface strain rates, we found that the upper limit to where crevasses, and therefore moulins, are likely to form is ~1600 m. This is also roughly the elevation above which lakes do not drain completely. Thus, meltwater above this elevation will largely flow tens of kilometers through surface streams into existing moulins downstream. Furthermore, results from a thermal ice sheet model indicate that the ~1600 m crevassing limit is well below the wet-frozen basal transition (~2000 m). Together, these data sets suggest that new supraglacial lakes will have a limited effect on the inland expansion of melt-induced seasonal acceleration.

  15. Evidence for Past Melting at the Base of the GISP2 Ice Core from Uranium-Thorium Disequilibrium Measurements

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    Goldstein, S. J.; Lee, V. E.; Nishiizumi, K.; Murrell, M. T.; Amato, R. S.; Nunn, A. J.

    2011-12-01

    We measured 238U-234U-230Th disequilibria by mass spectrometric methods for silty ice samples from the base of the GISP2 Greenland ice core, at a depth of 3040-3052 m. The expected age of these samples is >150 kyr based on counting ice layers. We separated the samples into several fractions by filtration and analyzed the <50 nm (truly dissolved + particulate) and >200 nm (particulate) filtered fractions. In the <50 nm fractions, low Th/U mass ratios of 0.51-0.65 indicate that a large portion (86-89%) of U is truly dissolved and not associated with particles. In addition, 230Th/234U activity ratios are quite low (0.18-0.24), suggesting either recent 230Th loss and/or 234U addition to the samples. This Th/U fractionation is not consistent with an age >150 kyr. Since liquid water is characterized by 230Th/234U activity ratios <<1, these results suggest that recent melting/freezing event(s) have occurred at the base of the GISP2 core. The particulate (>200 nm) fraction is characterized by Th/U ratios of ~4.4-4.9, 234U/238U activity ratios of 1.049-1.056, and 230Th/234U activity ratios of 1.12-1.23. The U-Th disequilibrium in the particles is consistent with recent (<350 kyr) fractionation of U-Th in these ice samples. We have modeled these results using a two component mass balance calculation, with dissolved and particulate pools for each radionuclide. The main assumption is that all of the 232Th in the <50 nm fraction is due to particles, due to the low aqueous solubility of 232Th. By mass balance, 230Th/234U activity ratios for the truly dissolved fraction are 0.031-0.062, and dates for when the samples were last frozen are 3.5-6.9 kyr. These results are consistent with the notion of ice melting at the base of large continental ice sheets, with recent evidence of large sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica and active melting at the base of the nearby N-GRIP Greenland ice core. There also appears to be a significant difference in age for the deepest ice sample (3.5 kyr; 3052 m) and the other samples (5.2-6.9 kyr; 3040-3048 m), suggesting that the deepest part of the ice core adjacent to bedrock at 3053.3 m depth may have existed as liquid water for at least several hundred - few thousand years.

  16. Perchlorate Found by Phoenix Could Provide a Mobile Brine Sludge at the Bed of Mars Northern Ice Cap that Would Allow Flow with Very Low Basal Temperatures: Possible Mechanism for Water Table Re-Charge

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    Fisher, D. A.; Hecht, M.; Kounaves, S.; Catling, D.

    2009-03-01

    The north cap of Mars has basal temperature that precludes the flow of ice. Phoenix discovered polar soils contain perchlorate salts. These salts depress the melting point so it could form a sludge that provides a mobile bed that moves the ice outwards.

  17. Using pan-Arctic, springtime, surface radiation observations to quantify atmospheric preconditioning processes that impact the sea ice melt season

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    Cox, Christopher; Uttal, Taneil; Starkweather, Sandy; Intrieri, Janet; Maturilli, Marion; Kustov, Vasily; Konopleva, Elena; Crepinsek, Sara; Long, Chuck

    2015-04-01

    Accurate, seasonal-scale forecasts of sea ice extent and distribution are critical for weather forecasting, transportation, the energy industry and local Arctic communities. Current forecasting methods capture an overall trend of decreasing sea ice on decadal scales, but do not reliably predict inter-annual variability. Recent work using satellite observations identified a relationship between spring-time, cloud modulated, shortwave radiation, and late season sea-ice extent; this relationship suggested an atmospheric preconditioning process that modulates the ice-albedo feedback and sets the stage for the melt season. Due to a general lack of emphasis on the role of the atmosphere on the evolution of the summer sea-ice, compounded by biases in cloud properties within models, this preconditioning process is poorly represented in current forecasting methods. Longwave and shortwave radiation data collected at the surface from stations surrounding the Arctic Basin as part of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) provide high-quality, continuous observations of the surface radiation budget. This includes downwelling fluxes and surface-cloud radiative interactions which cannot be directly acquired by satellites. These BSRN data are used to investigate the role of the atmosphere and clouds in seasonal scale variability of sea ice conditions, and the potential for improving predictability by incorporating these atmospheric observations into prediction strategies. We find that the downwelling fluxes measured at the land stations in spring are well correlated with sea ice conditions in September, especially in regions of the Arctic Ocean where late summer sea ice concentration has large inter-annual variability. Using observations of the total radiative flux (longwave + shortwave) at the surface, it is possible to make a seasonal sea-ice extent forecast that is within the range of uncertainty of forecasts currently incorporated into the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN). Cloud variability and associated shortwave modulation of the ice-albedo feedback are found to be important, but the shortwave anomaly alone is insufficient unless combined with the longwave anomaly, which dominates and is opposite in sign in the presence of clouds. The amount of open water in the Western Arctic in September and October then controls cloud cover during the autumn freeze-up, potentially revealing a preconditioning mechanism that persists into the following melt season.

  18. Arctic ice surface temperature retrieval from AVHRR thermal channels

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    Key, J.; Haeflinger, M.

    1992-01-01

    The relationship between AVHRR thermal radiances and the surface (skin) temperature of Arctic snow-covered sea ice is examined through forward calculations of the radiative transfer equation, providing an ice/snow surface temperature retrieval algorithm for the central Arctic Basin. Temperature and humidity profiles with cloud observations collected on an ice island during 1986-1987 are used. Coefficients that correct for atmospheric attenuation are given for three Arctic clear sky 'seasons', as defined through statistical analysis of the daily profiles, for the NOAA 7, 9, and 11 satellites. Modeled directional snow emissivities, different in the two split-window (11 and 12 micron) channels, are used. While the sensor scan angle is included explicitly in the correction equation, its effect in the dry Arctic atmosphere is small, generally less than 0.1 K. Using the split-window channels and scan angle, the rms error in the estimated ice surface temperature is less than 0.1 K in all seasons. Inclusion channel 3(3.7 microns) during the winter decreases the rms error by less than 0.003

  19. Aureimonas glaciistagni sp. nov., isolated from a melt pond on Arctic sea ice.

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    Cho, Yirang; Lee, Inae; Yang, Yoon Y; Baek, Kiwoon; Yoon, Soo J; Lee, Yung M; Kang, Sung-Ho; Lee, Hong K; Hwang, Chung Y

    2015-10-01

    A Gram-staining-negative, motile, aerobic and rod-shaped bacterial strain, PAMC 27157T, was isolated from a melt pond on sea ice in the Chukchi Sea. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence of strain PAMC 27157T revealed an affiliation to the genus Aureimonas with the closest sequence similarity (96.2?%) to that of Aureimonas phyllosphaerae. Strain PAMC 27157T grew optimally at 30?°C and pH?7.0 in the presence of 3.5?% (w/v) NaCl. The major polar lipids were diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylmonomethylethanolamine, sulfoquinovosyldiacylglycerol and an unidentified aminolipid. The major cellular fatty acid was summed feature 8 (C18?:?1?7c and/or C18?:?1?6c, 83.1?%) and the major respiratory quinone was Q-10. The genomic DNA G+C content was 69.1?mol%. The combined phylogenetic, phenotypic and chemotaxonomic data showed that strain PAMC 27157T could be clearly distinguished from species of the genus Aureimonas with validly published names. Thus, strain PAMC 27157T should be classified as representing a novel species in the genus Aureimonas, for which the name Aureimonas glaciistagni sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is PAMC 27157T (?=?KCCM 43049T?=?JCM 30183T). PMID:26296341

  20. Aerosolization of two strains (ice+ and ice-) of Pseudomonas syringae in a Collison nebulizer at different temperatures

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    Pietsch, Renee; David, Ray; Marr, Linsey; Vinatzer, Boris; Schmale, David

    2015-04-01

    The aerosolization of microorganisms from aquatic environments is understudied. In this study, an ice nucleation active (ice+) strain and a non-ice nucleation active (ice-) strain of the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae were aerosolized from aqueous suspensions under artificial laboratory conditions using a Collison nebulizer. The aerosolization of P. syringae was not influenced by water temperatures between 5° and 30°C. In general, the culturability (viability) of P. syringae in aerosols increased with temperature between 5 and 30°C. The ice+ strain was aerosolized in greater numbers than the ice- strain at all temperatures studied, suggesting a possible connection between the ice nucleation phenotype and aerosol production. Together, our results suggest that P. syringae has the potential to be aerosolized from natural aquatic environments, such as streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes; known reservoirs of P. syringae. Future work is needed to elucidate the mechanisms of aerosolization of P. syringae from natural aquatic systems.

  1. Carbon dioxide partial pressure and 13C content of north temperate and boreal lakes at spring ice melt

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    Striegl, R.G.; Kortelainen, P.; Chanton, J.P.; Wickland, K.P.; Bugna, G.C.; Rantakari, M.

    2001-01-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) accumulates under lake ice in winter and degasses to the atmosphere after ice melt. This large springtime CO2 pulse is not typically considered in surface-atmosphere flux estimates, because most field studies have not sampled through ice during late winter. Measured CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) of lake surface water ranged from 8.6 to 4,290 Pa (85-4,230 ??atm) in 234 north temperate and boreal lakes prior to ice melt during 1998 and 1999. Only four lakes had surface pCO2 less than or equal to atmospheric pCO2, whereas 75% had pCO2 >5 times atmospheric. The ??13CDIC (DIC = ??CO2) of 142 of the lakes ranged from -26.28??? to +0.95.???. Lakes with the greatest pCO2 also had the lightest ??13CDIC, which indicates respiration as their primary CO2 source. Finnish lakes that received large amounts of dissolved organic carbon from surrounding peatlands had the greatest pCO2. Lakes set in noncarbonate till and bedrock in Minnesota and Wisconsin had the smallest pCO2 and the heaviest ??13CDIC, which indicates atmospheric and/or mineral sources of C for those lakes. Potential emissions for the period after ice melt were 2.36 ?? 1.44 mol CO2 m-2 for lakes with average pCO2 values and were as large as 13.7 ?? 8.4 mol CO2 m-2 for lakes with high pCO2 values.

  2. Sea surface temperature control on the distribution of far-traveled Southern Ocean ice-rafted detritus during the Pliocene

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    Cook, C. P.; Hill, D. J.; Flierdt, Tina; Williams, T.; Hemming, S. R.; Dolan, A. M.; Pierce, E. L.; Escutia, C.; Harwood, D.; Cortese, G.; Gonzales, J. J.

    2014-06-01

    The flux and provenance of ice-rafted detritus (IRD) deposited in the Southern Ocean can reveal information about the past instability of Antarctica's ice sheets during different climatic conditions. Here we present a Pliocene IRD provenance record based on the 40Ar/39Ar ages of ice-rafted hornblende grains from Ocean Drilling Program Site 1165, located near Prydz Bay in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, along with the results of modeled sensitivity tests of iceberg trajectories and their spatial melting patterns under a range of sea surface temperatures (SSTs). Our provenance results reveal that IRD and hence icebergs in the Prydz Bay area were mainly sourced from (i) the local Prydz Bay region and (ii) the remote Wilkes Land margin located at the mouth of the low-lying Aurora Subglacial Basin. A series of IRD pulses, reaching up to 10 times background IRD flux levels, were previously identified at Site 1165 between 3.3 and 3.0 Ma. Our new results reveal that the average proportion of IRD sourced from distal Wilkes Land margin doubles after 3.3 Ma. Our iceberg trajectory-melting models show that slower iceberg melting under cooling SSTs over this middle Pliocene interval allowed Wilkes Land icebergs to travel farther before melting. Hence, declining SSTs can account for a large part of the observed IRD provenance record at Site 1165. In early Pliocene IRD layers, sampled at suborbital resolution around 4.6 Ma, we find evidence for significant increases in icebergs derived from Wilkes Land during very warm interglacials. This is suggestive of large-scale destabilization of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Aurora Subglacial Basin, as far-traveled icebergs would have to overcome enhanced melting in warmer SSTs. Our results highlight the importance of considering SSTs when interpreting IRD flux and provenance records in distal locations.

  3. The melting temperature of liquid water with the effective fragment potential

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    Brorsen, Kurt R.; Willow, Soohaeng Y.; Xantheas, Sotiris S.; Gordon, Mark S.

    2015-09-17

    Direct simulation of the solid-liquid water interface with the effective fragment potential (EFP) via the constant enthalpy and pressure (NPH) ensemble was used to estimate the melting temperature (Tm) of ice-Ih. Initial configurations and velocities, taken from equilibrated constant pressure and temperature (NPT) simulations at T = 300 K, 350 K and 400 K, respectively, yielded corresponding Tm values of 378±16 K, 382±14 K and 384±15 K. These estimates are consistently higher than experiment, albeit to the same degree with previously reported estimates using density functional theory (DFT)-based Born-Oppenheimer simulations with the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr functional plus dispersion corrections (BLYP-D). KRB was supported by a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Energy. MSG was supported by a U.S. National Science Foundation Software Infrastructure (SI2) grant (ACI – 1047772). SSX acknowledges support from the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle.

  4. Melting Temperature and Partial Melt Chemistry of H2O-Saturated Mantle Peridotite to 11 Gigapascals

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    Kawamoto; Holloway

    1997-04-11

    The H2O-saturated solidus of a model mantle composition (Kilborne Hole peridotite nodule, KLB-1) was determined to be just above 1000°C from 5 to 11 gigapascals. Given reasonable H2O abundances in Earth's mantle, an H2O-rich fluid could exist only in a region defined by the wet solidus and thermal stability limits of hydrous minerals, at depths between 90 and 330 kilometers. The experimental partial melts monotonously became more mafic with increasing pressure from andesitic composition at 1 gigapascal to more mafic than the starting peridotite at 10 gigapascals. Because the chemistry of the experimental partial melts is similar to that of kimberlites, it is suggested that kimberlites may be derived by low-temperature melting of an H2O-rich mantle at depths of 150 to 300 kilometers. PMID:9092469

  5. Sea Ice and Ice Temperature Variability as Observed by Microwave and Infrared Satellite Data

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    Comiso, Josefino C.; Koblinsky, Chester J. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Recent reports of a retreating and thinning sea ice cover in the Arctic have pointed to a strong suggestion of significant warming in the polar regions. It is especially important to understand what these reports mean in light of the observed global warning and because the polar regions are expected to be most sensitive to changes in climate. To gain insight into this phenomenon, co-registered ice concentrations and surface temperatures derived from two decades of satellite microwave and infrared data have been processed and analyzed. While observations from meteorological stations indicate consistent surface warming in both regions during the last fifty years, the last 20 years of the same data set show warming in the Arctic but a slight cooling in the Antarctic. These results are consistent with the retreat in the Arctic ice cover and the advance in the Antarctic ice cover as revealed by historical satellite passive microwave data. Surface temperatures derived from satellite infrared data are shown to be consistent within 3 K with surface temperature data from the limited number of stations. While not as accurate, the former provides spatially detailed changes over the twenty year period. In the Arctic, for example, much of the warming occurred in the Beaufort Sea and the North American region in 1998 while slight cooling actually happened in parts of the Laptev Sea and Northern Siberia during the same time period. Big warming anomalies are also observed during the last five years but a periodic cycle of about ten years is apparent suggesting a possible influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation. In the Antarctic, large interannual and seasonal changes are also observed in the circumpolar ice cover with regional changes showing good coherence with surface temperature anomalies. However, a mode 3 is observed to be more dominant than the mode 2 wave reported in the literature. Some of these spatial and temporal changes appear to be influenced by the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave (ACW) and changes in coastal polynya activities.

  6. Coexisting methane and oxygen excesses in nitrate-limited polar water (Fram Strait) during ongoing sea ice melting

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    Damm, E.; Thoms, S.; Kattner, G.; Beszczynska-Möller, A.; Nöthig, E. M.; Stimac, I.

    2011-05-01

    Summer sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean has undergone a reduction in the last decade exposing the sea surface to unforeseen environmental changes. Melting sea ice increases water stratification and induces nutrient limitation, which is also known to play a crucial role in methane formation in oxygenated surface water. We report on a hotspot of methane formation in the marginal ice zone in the western Fram Strait. Our study is based on measurements of oxygen, methane, DMSP, nitrate and phosphate concentrations as well as on phytoplankton composition and light transmission, conducted along the 79° N oceanographic transect. We show that between the eastern Fram Strait, where Atlantic water enters from the south and the western Fram Strait, where Polar water enters from the north, different nutrient limitation occurs and consequently different bloom conditions were established. Ongoing sea ice melting enhances the environmental differences and initiates regenerated production in the western Fram Strait. In a unique biogeochemical feedback process, methane production occurs despite an oxygen excess. We postulate that DMSP (dimethylsulfoniopropionate) released from sea ice may serve as a precursor for methane formation. Thus, feedback effects on cycling pathways of methane are likely, with DMSP catabolism in high latitudes possibly contributing to a warming effect on the earth's climate. This process could constitute an additional component in biogeochemical cycling in a seasonal ice-free Arctic Ocean. The metabolic activity (respiration) of unicellular organisms explains the presence of anaerobic conditions in the cellular environment. Therefore we present a theoretical model which explains the maintenance of anaerobic conditions for methane formation inside bacterial cells, despite enhanced oxygen concentrations in the environment.

  7. The 2012 melting record and 21st century sea level rise projections for major drainage systems of the Greenland ice sheet

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    Tedesco, M.; Fettweis, X.

    2012-12-01

    At the time of the submission of this abstract melting over the Greenland ice sheet estimated from spaceborne microwave observations and modeled by the regional climate model MAR (Modèle Atmosphérique Régional) are close to previously breaking-record values set in 2010 and 2011 (for the period 1979 - 2011). With August still to come, 2012 is very likely going to set a new record for the whole season. For the period June - July, melting detected from spaceborne observations was already above two standard deviations the 1979 - 2011 mean, setting a new record for that period. In this study, we compare the 2012 melting season with those previously setting a new record and analyze some of the potential drivers for the new record. To put things in the context of future projections, we analyze MAR outputs to study 21st century projected surface mass balance (SMB) over six major drainage basins of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS). The regional model is forced with the outputs of three different Earth System Models (CanESM2, NorESM1 and MIROC5) obtained when considering two greenhouse gas future scenarios with levels of CO2 equivalent of, respectively, 850 and > 1370 ppm by 2100. First, we study whether the MAR future projections starting in 2006 (using the historical period 1980 - 2005) are capable of identifying the recently observed melting records. We also find that, by the end of the century, the increase in runoff due to warming will exceed the increased precipitation deriving from the increase in evaporation for all basins, with the amount of net loss of mass at the surface varying spatially. Basins along the southwest and north coast are projected to have the highest sensitivity of SMB to increasing temperatures. For these basins, the global temperature anomaly corresponding to a decrease of the SMB below the 1980 - 1999 average (when the ice sheet was near the equilibrium) ranges between +0.60 deg C and +2.16 deg C. For the basins along the northwest and northeast, these values range between +1.50 deg C and +3.40 deg C. The projected sea level rise from each basin under the different scenarios is discussed at the end.

  8. A Thermal Melt Probe System for Extensive, Low-Cost Instrument Deployment Within and Beneath Ice Sheets

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    Winebrenner, D. P.; Elam, W. T.; Carpenter, M.; Kintner, P., III

    2014-12-01

    More numerous observations within and beneath ice sheets are needed to address a broad variety of important questions concerning ice sheets and climate. However, emplacement of instruments continues to be constrained by logistical burdens, especially in cold ice a kilometer or more thick. Electrically powered thermal melt probes are inherently logistically light and efficient, especially for reaching greater depths in colder ice. They therefore offer a means of addressing current measurement problems, but have been limited historically by a lack of technology for reliable operation at the necessary voltages and powers. Here we report field tests in Greenland of two new melt probes. We operated one probe at 2.2 kilowatts (kW) and 1050 volts (V), achieving a depth of 400 m in the ice in ~ 120 hours, without electrical failure. That depth is the second greatest achieved thus far with a thermal melt probe, exceeded only by one deployment to 1005 m in Greenland in 1968, which ended in an electrical failure. Our test run took place in two intervals separated by a year, with the probe frozen at 65 m depth during the interim, after which we re-established communication, unfroze the probe, and proceeded to the greater depth. During the second field test we operated a higher-power probe, initially at 2.5 kW and 1500 V and progressing to 4.5 kW and 2000 V. Initial data indicate that this probe achieved a descent rate of 8 m/hr, which if correct would be the fastest rate yet achieved for such probes. Moreover, we observed maintenance of vertical probe travel using pendulum steering throughout both tests, as well as autonomous descent without operator-intervention after launch. The latter suggests potential for crews of 1-2 to operate several melt probes concurrently. However, the higher power probe did suffer electrical failure of a heating element after 7 hours of operation at 2000 V (24 hours after the start of the test), contrary to expectations based on laboratory component and system testing. We are therefore revising the probe heaters using a newer but more development-intensive technology. With probe systems now validated in our tests, this will result in a reliable means to emplace instruments for studies of subglacial hydrology, ice dynamics, and possible subglacial ecologies.

  9. Dependence of Eemian Greenland temperature reconstructions on the ice sheet topography

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    Merz, Niklaus; Born, Andreas; Raible, Christoph; Fischer, Hubertus; Stocker, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    The impact of a reduced Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) on Greenland's surface climate during the Eemian interglacial is investigated employing the CCSM4 climate model. We find a distinct impact of changes in the GrIS topography on Greenland's surface air temperatures (SAT) even when correcting for changes in surface elevation which influences SAT through the lapse rate effect. The resulting lapse rate corrected SAT anomalies are driven by changes in the surface energy balance. In winter, the variable reacting strongest to changes in the topography is the sensible heat flux (SHFLX). The reason is its dependence on surface winds, which themselves are controlled to a large extent by the shape of the GrIS. Hence, regions where a receding GrIS causes higher surface wind velocities also experience anomalous warming through increased SHFLX. Vice-versa, regions that become flat and ice-free are characterized by low wind speeds, low SHFLX and anomalous cold winter temperatures. In summer, we find surface warming induced by a decrease in surface albedo in deglaciated areas and regions which experience surface melting. The results have implications for the interpretation of Eemian temperature reconstructions based on Greenland proxy archives such as the NEEM ice core. Changing the GrIS topography acts as a local forcing for Greenland's climate, whereas the effect on the climate outside of Greenland is small and mostly negligible. For the NEEM ice core site, our model suggests that up to 3.2 °C of the annual mean Eemian warming can be attributed to these topography-related processes and hence is not linked to large-scale climate variations.

  10. 46 CFR 153.908 - Cargo viscosity and melting point information; measuring cargo temperature during discharge...

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    2014-10-01

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  11. 46 CFR 153.908 - Cargo viscosity and melting point information; measuring cargo temperature during discharge...

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    2010-10-01

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  12. 46 CFR 153.908 - Cargo viscosity and melting point information; measuring cargo temperature during discharge...

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    2011-10-01

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  13. 46 CFR 153.908 - Cargo viscosity and melting point information; measuring cargo temperature during discharge...

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    2012-10-01

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  14. 46 CFR 153.908 - Cargo viscosity and melting point information; measuring cargo temperature during discharge...

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    2013-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Cargo viscosity and melting point information; measuring... Cargo viscosity and melting point information; measuring cargo temperature during discharge: Categories... lading, a written statement of the following: (1) For Category A or B NLS, the cargo's viscosity at 20...

  15. Mullite Decomposition Kinetics and Melt Stabilization in the Temperature Range 19002000C

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    Mitchell, Brian S.

    of mullite is as fiber reinforce- ment in high-temperature ceramic-matrix composites. Inviscid melt spinning2 composition was thus obtained, setting the groundwork for inviscid melt spin- ning mullite fiber making of the component phases of traditional ceramics and refractory materials, it is also a strong candidate material

  16. CO2 isotopes as tracers of firn air diffusion and age in an Arctic ice cap with summer melting, Devon Island, Canada

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    Chappellaz, Jérôme

    CO2 isotopes as tracers of firn air diffusion and age in an Arctic ice cap with summer melting zone from 50 to 60 m depth. A firn-ice age profile was produced from density measurements of 54.9 (+6.0/À12.0) years for firn air at 60 m depth in 140-year-old ice. Thus CO2 has a mean age 85

  17. New borehole-derived results on temperatures at the base of the Fennoscandian ice sheet

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    Rath, Volker; Vogt, Christian; Mottaghy, Darius; Kukkonen, Ilmo; Tarasov, Lev

    2014-05-01

    During the last few years, a data base of deep boreholes (>1000 m )in the area of the Fennoscandian ice sheet has been collected, including boreholes from Russia, Poland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. All of these are supposed to have recorded local basal ice conditions during the last glacial cycle. However, at each of these sites we are confronted with particular problems of interpretation. Here, we will concentrate on two very deep boreholes, namely the Outokumpu ICDP borehole (OKU, ?2500 m) and a set of boreholes of intermediate depth (up to 1300 m) in the immediate meighborhood of the Kola superdeep borehole SG3. In the first case, OKU, we have developed a strategy combining the use of a traditional variational inversion of thye Tikhonov type, with a MCMC approach for the exploration of the associated uncertainty. A wide distribution around the result of the variational approach was chosen, with a time dependent temporal correlation length reflecting the loss of resolution back in time. The results fit very well with region independent results from different proxies, multi-proxy reconstructions, and instrumental data. They also are consistent with surface temperatures derived from recent calibrated ice sheet models. The SAT-GST offset independently derived from shallow borehole observations in the area was a crucial step to obtain theses results. The second case, SG3, has been studied a long time, and no final result was obtained regarding the question whether the observed heat flow density profile is caused by paleoclimate, fluid flow, or both. Earlier studies, as well as forward modelling using the results of the aforementioned ice sheet model indicate that paleoclimate alone can not explain the observations. We tested the model derived from the set of shallow boreholes against the temperature log from the main superdeep SG3, which, in contrast to these, transects the main high-permeability zone. The comparison led to a favorable results, and is also qualitatively consistent with other data reported in earlier Russian publications. However, for the SG3 case, which involves fluid flow processes, there are still important open questions. These are related to some of the assumptions made in the modeling and inversion process. The temperature conditions at the base of the ice sheet are surely not it's only effect: the high pressures induced but the ice load are known to drive melt water deep into the subsurface, with unknown temperature effects. Moreover, the crustal deformation related to isostatic effects probably influence large-scale permeability, in particular if older structures can be reactivated. These questions will be discussed in the light or recent modelling results obtained by groups active in nuclear waste disposal research, and which may open new research perspectives in the future.

  18. Subpixel variability of MODIS albedo retrievals and its importance for ice sheet surface melting in southwestern Greenland's ablation zone

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    Moustafa, S.; Rennermalm, A. K.; Roman, M. O.; Koenig, L.; Smith, L. C.; Schaaf, C.; Wang, Z.; Mioduszewski, J.

    2013-12-01

    On the Greenland ice sheet, albedo declined across 70% of its surface since 2000, with the greatest reduction in the lower 600 m of the southwestern ablation zone. Because albedo plays a prominent role in the ice sheet surface energy balance, its decline has resulted in near doubling of meltwater production. To characterize ice sheet albedo, Moderate Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) surface albedo products are typically used. However, it is unclear how the spatial variability of albedo within a MODIS pixel influences surface melting and whether it can be considered a linear function of albedo. In this study, high spatiotemporal resolution measurements of spectral albedo and ice sheet surface ablation were collected along a ~ 1.3 km transect during June 2013 within the Akuliarusiarsuup Kuua (AK) River watershed in southwest Greenland. Spectral measurements were made at 325-1075 nm using a Analytical Spectral Devices (ASD) spectroradiometer, fitted with a Remote Cosine Receptor (RCR). In situ albedo measurements are compared with the daily MODIS albedo product (MCD43A) to analyze how space, time, surface heterogeneity, atmospheric conditions, and solar zenith angle geometry govern albedo at different scales. Finally, analysis of sub-pixel albedo and ablation reveal its importance on meltwater production in the lower parts of the ice sheet margin.

  19. A Comparison of Sea Ice Type, Sea Ice Temperature, and Snow Thickness Distributions in the Arctic Seasonal Ice Zones with the DMSP SSM/I

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    St.Germain, Karen; Cavalieri, Donald J.; Markus, Thorsten

    1997-01-01

    Global climate studies have shown that sea ice is a critical component in the global climate system through its effect on the ocean and atmosphere, and on the earth's radiation balance. Polar energy studies have further shown that the distribution of thin ice and open water largely controls the distribution of surface heat exchange between the ocean and atmosphere within the winter Arctic ice pack. The thickness of the ice, the depth of snow on the ice, and the temperature profile of the snow/ice composite are all important parameters in calculating surface heat fluxes. In recent years, researchers have used various combinations of DMSP SSMI channels to independently estimate the thin ice type (which is related to ice thickness), the thin ice temperature, and the depth of snow on the ice. In each case validation efforts provided encouraging results, but taken individually each algorithm gives only one piece of the information necessary to compute the energy fluxes through the ice and snow. In this paper we present a comparison of the results from each of these algorithms to provide a more comprehensive picture of the seasonal ice zone using passive microwave observations.

  20. Airborne Remote Sensing of Sea Surface Temperature Using the Ball Experimental Sea Surface Temperature (BESST) Radiometer With A Discussion of the 2013 Marginal Ice Zone Observation Processes EXperiment.

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    Tooth, M.; Emery, W. J.

    2014-12-01

    Airborne remote sensing has opened up new possibilities for scientists to study oceanic and atmospheric problems that are relevant to industry, environmental groups, and the scientific community as a whole. Data obtained from these platforms can provide much higher resolution imagery in comparison to satellite observations that allow for more detailed analyses of important regions. Sea surface temperature (SST) data obtained from instruments like the BESST radiometer can be used to provide more insight into issues like natural disasters and oceanographic problems of interest; such as the influence of melting sea ice on SST. During the 2013 Marginal Ice Zone Observation Processes EXperiment (MIZOPEX), BESST was flown on a Scan Eagle UAS in the Alaskan Marginal Ice Zone to acquire SST data. These observations will be discussed, along with possible future uses for the BESST radiometer.

  1. Melting of (Mg, Fe)SiO3-Perovskite to 625 Kilobars: Indication of a High Melting Temperature in the Lower Mantle.

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    Zerr, A; Boehier, R

    1993-10-22

    The melting curves of two compositions of (Mg,Fe) SiO3-perovskite, the likely dominant mineral phase in the lower mantle, have been measured in a C02 laser-heated diamond cell with direct temperature measurements and in situ detection of melting. At 625 kilobars, the melting temperature is 5000 +/- 200 kelvin, independent of composition. Extrapolation to the core-mantle boundary pressure of 1.35 megabar with three different melting relations yields melting temperatures between 7000 and 8500 kelvin. Thus, the temperature at the base of the lower mantle, accepted to lie between 2550 and 2750 kelvin, is only at about one-third of the melting temperature. The large difference between mantle temperature and corresponding melting temperature has several important implications; particularly the temperature sensitivity of the viscosity is reduced thus allowing large lateral temperature variations inferred from seismic tomographic velocity anomalies and systematics found in measured velocity-density functions. Extensive melting of the lower mantle can be ruled out throughout the history of the Earth. PMID:17733237

  2. Liquid structure and temperature invariance of sound velocity in supercooled Bi melt

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    Emuna, M.; Mayo, M.; Makov, G.; Greenberg, Y.; Caspi, E. N.; Yahel, E.; Beuneu, B.

    2014-03-07

    Structural rearrangement of liquid Bi in the vicinity of the melting point has been proposed due to the unique temperature invariant sound velocity observed above the melting temperature, the low symmetry of Bi in the solid phase and the necessity of overheating to achieve supercooling. The existence of this structural rearrangement is examined by measurements on supercooled Bi. The sound velocity of liquid Bi was measured into the supercooled region to high accuracy and it was found to be invariant over a temperature range of ?60°, from 35° above the melting point to ?25° into the supercooled region. The structural origin of this phenomenon was explored by neutron diffraction structural measurements in the supercooled temperature range. These measurements indicate a continuous modification of the short range order in the melt. The structure of the liquid is analyzed within a quasi-crystalline model and is found to evolve continuously, similar to other known liquid pnictide systems. The results are discussed in the context of two competing hypotheses proposed to explain properties of liquid Bi near the melting: (i) liquid bismuth undergoes a structural rearrangement slightly above melting and (ii) liquid Bi exhibits a broad maximum in the sound velocity located incidentally at the melting temperature.

  3. Unexpected Melt at Summit, Greenland: Its Potential Legacy

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    Albert, M. R.

    2012-12-01

    Summit, Greenland is a high altitude cold site where snow on the ice sheet rarely melts; it was the site where the GISP2 ice core was drilled almost two decades ago. In July 2012, unusual meteorological events caused the surface snow at Summit to experience a very rare true melt event. The melt period was short-lived, and subfreezing temperatures soon turned the melt into an ice layer. Modern satellite-born sensing technologies provided the first opportunity to witness and confirm that indeed the melt was very widespread over most of the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Many tens of meters beneath the firn surface at Summit is the next significantly thick ice layer, dating to 1889; this layer also has been identified at a number of other sites in Greenland. The 2012 melt at Summit provided an unusual opportunity to investigate the way in which the melt alters the properties of the snow at this site. Measurements of the nature of the melt at Summit in 2012 and its impact on stratigraphy, density, permeability, and grain size are presented. Insights from the observations we made in July 2012 and comparisons with characteristics of the 1889 ice layer from Summit are employed in a description of the potential impacts of refrozen melt layers on polar snow and firn processes in the dry snow zones of ice sheets. The potential legacy that the 2012 ice layer may imprint on future ice core records is discussed.

  4. A Simple Scheme for Estimating Turbulent Heat Flux over Landfast Arctic Sea Ice from Dry Snow to Advanced Melt

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    Raddatz, R. L.; Papakyriakou, T. N.; Else, B. G.; Swystun, K.; Barber, D. G.

    2015-05-01

    We describe a dynamic-parameter aggregation scheme to estimate hourly turbulent heat fluxes over landfast sea ice during the transition from winter to spring. Hourly albedo measurements are used to track the morphology of the surface as it evolved from a fairly smooth homogeneous dry snow surface to a rougher heterogeneous surface with spatially differential melting and melt ponds. The estimates of turbulent heat fluxes for 928 h are compared with eddy-covariance measurements. The model performance metrics (W m) for sensible heat flux were found to be: mean bias , root-mean-square error 6 and absolute accuracy 4, and for latent heat flux near zero, 3 and 2, respectively. The correlation coefficient between modelled and measured sensible heat fluxes was 0.82, and for latent heat fluxes 0.88. The turbulent heat fluxes were estimated more accurately without adjustments than with adjustments for atmospheric stability based on the bulk Richardson number. Overall, and across all metrics for both sensible and latent heat fluxes, the dynamic-parameter aggregation scheme outperformed the static Community Ice (C-ICE) scheme, part of the Community Climate System model, applied to the same winter-to-spring transition period.

  5. Thermal Diffusivity for III-VI Semiconductor Melts at Different Temperatures

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    Ban, H.; Li, C.; Lin, B.; Emoto, K.; Scripa, R. N.; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.

    2004-01-01

    The change of the thermal properties of semiconductor melts reflects the structural changes inside the melts, and a fundamental understanding of this structural transformation is essential for high quality semiconductor crystal growth process. This paper focused on the technical development and the measurement of thermal properties of III-VI semiconductor melts at high temperatures. Our previous work has improved the laser flash method for the specialized quartz sample cell. In this paper, we reported the results of our recent progress in further improvements of the measurement system by minimizing the free convection of the melt, adding a front IR detector, and placing the sample cell in a vacuum environment. The results for tellurium and selenium based compounds, some of which have never been reported in the literature, were obtained at different temperatures as a function of time. The data were compared with other measured thermophysical properties to shed light on the structural transformations of the melt.

  6. Doped Colloidal Artificial Ice

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    A. Libal; C. J. Olson Reichhardt; C. Reichhardt

    2015-07-02

    We examine square and kagome artificial spin ice for colloids confined in arrays of double-well traps. Unlike magnetic artificial spin ices, colloidal and vortex artificial spin ice realizations allow creation of doping sites through double occupation of individual traps. We find that doping square and kagome ice geometries produces opposite effects. For square ice, doping creates local excitations in the ground state configuration that produce a local melting effect as the temperature is raised. In contrast, the kagome ice ground state can absorb the doping charge without generating non-ground-state excitations, while at elevated temperatures the hopping of individual colloids is suppressed near the doping sites. These results indicate that in the square ice, doping adds degeneracy to the ordered ground state and creates local weak spots, while in the kagome ice, which has a highly degenerate ground state, doping locally decreases the degeneracy and creates local hard regions.

  7. Dependence of Eemian Greenland temperature reconstructions on the ice sheet topography

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    Merz, N.; Born, A.; Raible, C. C.; Fischer, H.; Stocker, T. F.

    2013-12-01

    The influence of a reduced Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) on Greenland's surface climate during the Eemian interglacial is studied using a comprehensive climate model. We find a distinct impact of changes in the GrIS topography on Greenland's surface air temperatures (SAT) even when correcting for changes in surface elevation which influences SAT through the lapse rate effect. The resulting lapse rate corrected SAT anomalies are thermodynamically driven by changes in the local surface energy balance rather than dynamically caused through anomalous advection of warm/cold air masses. The large-scale circulation is indeed very stable among all sensitivity experiments and the NH flow pattern does not depend on Greenland's topography in the Eemian. In contrast, Greenland's surface energy balance is clearly influenced by changes in the GrIS topography and this impact is seasonally diverse. In winter, the variable reacting strongest to changes in the topography is the sensible heat flux (SHFLX). The reason is its dependence on surface winds, which themselves are controlled to a large extent by the shape of the GrIS. Hence, regions where a receding GrIS causes higher surface wind velocities also experience anomalous warming through SHFLX. Vice-versa, regions that become flat and ice-free are characterized by low wind speeds, low SHFLX and anomalous cold winter temperatures. In summer, we find surface warming induced by a decrease in surface albedo in deglaciated areas and regions which experience surface melting. The Eemian temperature records derived from Greenland proxies, thus, likely include a temperature signal arising from changes in the GrIS topography. For the NEEM ice core site, our model suggests that up to 3.2 °C of the annual mean Eemian warming can be attributed to these topography-related processes and hence is not necessarily linked to large-scale climate variations.

  8. Dependence of Eemian Greenland temperature reconstructions on the ice sheet topography

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    Merz, N.; Born, A.; Raible, C. C.; Fischer, H.; Stocker, T. F.

    2014-06-01

    The influence of a reduced Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) on Greenland's surface climate during the Eemian interglacial is studied using a set of simulations with different GrIS realizations performed with a comprehensive climate model. We find a distinct impact of changes in the GrIS topography on Greenland's surface air temperatures (SAT) even when correcting for changes in surface elevation, which influences SAT through the lapse rate effect. The resulting lapse-rate-corrected SAT anomalies are thermodynamically driven by changes in the local surface energy balance rather than dynamically caused through anomalous advection of warm/cold air masses. The large-scale circulation is indeed very stable among all sensitivity experiments and the Northern Hemisphere (NH) flow pattern does not depend on Greenland's topography in the Eemian. In contrast, Greenland's surface energy balance is clearly influenced by changes in the GrIS topography and this impact is seasonally diverse. In winter, the variable reacting strongest to changes in the topography is the sensible heat flux (SHF). The reason is its dependence on surface winds, which themselves are controlled to a large extent by the shape of the GrIS. Hence, regions where a receding GrIS causes higher surface wind velocities also experience anomalous warming through SHF. Vice-versa, regions that become flat and ice-free are characterized by low wind speeds, low SHF, and anomalous low winter temperatures. In summer, we find surface warming induced by a decrease in surface albedo in deglaciated areas and regions which experience surface melting. The Eemian temperature records derived from Greenland proxies, thus, likely include a temperature signal arising from changes in the GrIS topography. For the Eemian ice found in the NEEM core, our model suggests that up to 3.1 °C of the annual mean Eemian warming can be attributed to these topography-related processes and hence is not necessarily linked to large-scale climate variations.

  9. Temperature and melting of laser-shocked iron releasing into an LiF window

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    Huser, G.; Koenig, M.; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A.; Henry, E.; Vinci, T.; Faral, B.; Tomasini, M.; Telaro, B.; Batani, D.

    2005-06-15

    Absolute reflectivity and self-emission diagnostics are used to determine the gray-body equivalent temperature of laser-shocked iron partially releasing into a lithium fluoride window. Pressure and reflectivity are measured simultaneously by means of velocity interferometer system for any reflector interferometers. In the temperature-pressure plane, a temperature plateau in the release is observed which is attributed to iron's melting line. Extrapolation of data leads to a melting temperature at Earth's inner-outer core boundary of 7800{+-}1200 K, in good agreement with previous works based on dynamic compression. Shock temperatures were calculated and found to be in the liquid phase.

  10. Composite Ice Sheet Temperature Record From In Situ and Satellite Data Sets, Siple Dome, West Antarctica

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    Shuman, C. A.; Comiso, J. C.; Stock, L.; Suchdeo, V.

    2002-12-01

    During December 1996, ice core drilling activities were begun at Siple Dome, West Antarctica. In January 1997, the University of Wisconsin installed an automatic weather station (AWS) at Siple Dome as part of its Antarctic Meteorological Research Center?s (http://uwamrc.ssec.wisc.edu/aws/) network of instruments. A multi-year to decadal-length temperature record is needed to accurately calibrate ice core proxy temperature data (stable isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen) among other things. As part of an ongoing research activity, a composite temperature record has been developed using infrared temperatures (TIR) and passive microwave brightness temperatures (TB) in conjunction with near-surface measurements (TA) from the AWS. The intent of this research was to define a new technique that can be applied at other Antarctic and Greenland sites. This effort builds on a published emissivity modeling technique that uses TA and TB data (e.g. Shuman et al., 1995) and recently developed TIR data (e.g. Comiso 2000). All three data types have various limitations: 1) the TA record is relatively short and may have data gaps; 2) the TIR record requires calibration and has data gaps due to clouds; and 3) the TB record requires calibration especially due to periods of emissivity variability related to melt events. Emphasis was also placed on understanding the uncertainty of the resulting temperature record so that confidence in these data could be maximized. The resulting data set provides a daily-average temperature time series for the Siple Dome site with constrained uncertainties. It effectively minimizes the limitations of all three types of input data. The time series covers more than 20 years as it begins in 1981 and extends through 2001. Daily, monthly, seasonal, and annual average values have been calculated and trend analysis has been conducted.

  11. In Situ And Satellite Data Composite Ice Sheet Temperature Record For Siple Dome, West Antarctica

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    Shuman, C. A.; Comiso, J. C.

    2003-04-01

    During late 1996, ice core drilling activities were begun at Siple Dome, West Antarctica. As part of ongoing research activities, a composite temperature record has been developed using infrared temperatures (TIR) and passive microwave brightness temperatures (TB) in conjunction with near-surface measurements (TA) from the Siple Dome AWS. Among other things, a decadal-length temperature record will allow accurate calibration of ice core proxy temperature data (stable isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen). The intent of this research was to define a new technique that can be widely applied at other Antarctic and Greenland sites. This effort builds on a previously published emissivity modeling technique that uses only TA and TB data (e.g. Shuman et al., 1995) and recently developed TIR data (e.g. Comiso 2000). All three types of data have various limitations: 1) the TA record is relatively short and may have data gaps; 2) the TIR record requires calibration and has data gaps due to clouds; and 3) the TB record requires calibration especially due to periods of emissivity variability related to melt events. Emphasis was also placed on understanding the uncertainty of the resulting temperature record so that confidence in these data could be maximized. The resulting data set provides a daily-average temperature time series for the Siple Dome site with constrained uncertainties. The time series covers more than 20 years as it begins in 1981 and extends through 2001. Daily, monthly, seasonal, and annual average values have been calculated and trend analysis has been conducted.

  12. Basal drainage system response to increasing surface melt on the Greenland ice sheet.

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    Meierbachtol, T; Harper, J; Humphrey, N

    2013-08-16

    Surface meltwater reaching the bed of the Greenland ice sheet imparts a fundamental control on basal motion. Sliding speed depends on ice/bed coupling, dictated by the configuration and pressure of the hydrologic drainage system. In situ observations in a four-site transect containing 23 boreholes drilled to Greenland's bed reveal basal water pressures unfavorable to water-draining conduit development extending inland beneath deep ice. This finding is supported by numerical analysis based on realistic ice sheet geometry. Slow meltback of ice walls limits conduit growth, inhibiting their capacity to transport increased discharge. Key aspects of current conceptual models for Greenland basal hydrology, derived primarily from the study of mountain glaciers, appear to be limited to a portion of the ablation zone near the ice sheet margin. PMID:23950535

  13. Basal Drainage System Response to Increasing Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Meierbachtol, T.; Harper, J.; Humphrey, N.

    2013-08-01

    Surface meltwater reaching the bed of the Greenland ice sheet imparts a fundamental control on basal motion. Sliding speed depends on ice/bed coupling, dictated by the configuration and pressure of the hydrologic drainage system. In situ observations in a four-site transect containing 23 boreholes drilled to Greenland’s bed reveal basal water pressures unfavorable to water-draining conduit development extending inland beneath deep ice. This finding is supported by numerical analysis based on realistic ice sheet geometry. Slow meltback of ice walls limits conduit growth, inhibiting their capacity to transport increased discharge. Key aspects of current conceptual models for Greenland basal hydrology, derived primarily from the study of mountain glaciers, appear to be limited to a portion of the ablation zone near the ice sheet margin.

  14. Potential positive feedback between Greenland Ice Sheet melt and Baffin Bay heat content on the west Greenland shelf

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    Castro de la Guardia, Laura; Hu, Xianmin; Myers, Paul G.

    2015-06-01

    Greenland ice sheet meltwater runoff has been increasing in recent decades, especially in the southwest and the northeast. To determine the impact of this accelerating meltwater flux on Baffin Bay, we examine eight numerical experiments using an ocean-sea ice model: Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean. Enhanced runoff causes shoreward increasing sea surface height and strengthens the stratification in Baffin Bay. The changes in sea surface height reduces the southward transport through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and strengthens the gyre circulation within Baffin Bay. The latter leads to further freshening of surface waters as it produces a larger northward surface freshwater transport across Davis Strait. Increasing the meltwater runoff leads to a warming and shallowing of the west Greenland Irminger water on the northwest Greenland shelf. These warmer waters can now more easily enter fjords on the Greenland coast and thus provide additional heat to accelerate the melting of marine-terminating glaciers.

  15. A ``triple sea-ice state'' mechanism for the abrupt warming and synchronous ice sheet collapses during Heinrich events

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    Tziperman, Eli

    warming events occur in this mechanism, owing to rapid sea ice melting which warmed the atmosphere via for the warming observed during Dansgaard-Oeschger events. The sea ice changes are caused by a weak (order of 5 Sv the abrupt temperature changes over Greenland. Synchronous ice sheet collapses from different ice sheets

  16. Sudden sea-level change from melting Antarctic ice: How likely?

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    Bentley, C.R.

    1995-12-31

    There has been concern that the West Antarctic marine ice sheet could collapse catastrophically, leading to a 5-meter rise in sea level in a single century. However, that idea was based on a modeled instability at the grounding line that reflected a discontinuity between the mathematical models used for the grounded and floating parts of the ice sheet, respectively. Improved knowledge about ice streams, the active portions of the marine ice sheet, reveals that in the Ross Sea sector, at least, there is in reality a broad, gradual transition zone, rather than a discontinuity, between the inland ice and the ice shelf. Consequently, there probably is no instability; total disappearance of the ice sheet would take a millenium or more. The resulting average contribution to sea-level rise thus would be only a few millimeters per year, comparable to the present rate of rise (from all sources). Furthermore, dynamic response to present-day climate change would not even begin in less than a century. It is still uncertain whether the Antarctic ice sheet is making a positive or negative contribution to sea-level rise now. Whichever the case, however, during the next century or two the effect of climatic warming almost surely will be to increase the mass input to the ice sheet, thus yielding a negative contribution to sea-level rise of the order of a millimeter per year.

  17. Brief communication "Important role of the mid-tropospheric atmospheric circulation in the recent surface melt increase over the Greenland ice sheet"

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    Fettweis, X.; Hanna, E.; Lang, C.; Belleflamme, A.; Erpicum, M.; Gallée, H.

    2013-02-01

    Since 2007, there has been a series of surface melt records over the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS), continuing the trend towards increased melt observed since the end of the 1990's. The last two decades are characterized by an increase of negative phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) favouring warmer and drier summers than normal over GrIS. In this context, we use a circulation type classification based on daily 500 hPa geopotential height to evaluate the role of atmospheric dynamics in this surface melt acceleration for the last two decades. Due to the lack of direct observations, the interannual melt variability is gauged here by the summer (June-July-August) mean temperature from reanalyses at 700 hPa over Greenland; analogous atmospheric circulations in the past show that ~70% of the 1993-2012 warming at 700 hPa over Greenland has been driven by changes in the atmospheric flow frequencies. Indeed, the occurrence of anticyclones centred over the GrIS at the surface and at 500 hPa has doubled since the end of 1990's, which induces more frequent southerly warm air advection along the western Greenland coast and over the neighbouring Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA). These changes in the NAO modes explain also why no significant warming has been observed these last summers over Svalbard, where northerly atmospheric flows are twice as frequent as before. Therefore, the recent warmer summers over GrIS and CAA cannot be considered as a long-term climate warming but are more a consequence of NAO variability affecting atmospheric heat transport. Although no global model from the CMIP5 database projects subsequent significant changes in NAO through this century, we cannot exclude the possibility that the observed NAO changes are due to global warming.

  18. Inferring snow pack ripening and melt out from distributed ground surface temperature measurements

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    Schmid, M.-O.; Gubler, S.; Fiddes, J.; Gruber, S.

    2012-02-01

    The seasonal snow cover and its melting are heterogeneous both in space and time. Describing and modelling this variability are important because it affects divers phenomena such as runoff, ground temperatures or slope movements. This study investigates the derivation of melting characteristics based on spatial clusters of temperature measurements. Results are based on data from Switzerland where ground surface temperatures were measured with miniature loggers (iButtons) at 40 locations, referred to as footprints. At each footprint, ten iButtons have been distributed randomly few cm below the ground surface over an area of 10 m × 10 m. Footprints span elevations of 2100-3300 m a.s.l. and slope angles of 0-55°, as well as diverse slope expositions and types of surface cover and ground material. Based on two years of temperature data, the basal ripening date and the melt-out date are determined for each iButton, aggregated to the footprint level and further analysed. The date of melt out could be derived for nearly all iButtons, the ripening date could be extracted for only approximately half of them because it requires ground freezing below the snow pack. The variability within a footprint is often considerable and one to three weeks difference between melting or ripening of the points in one footprint is not uncommon. The correlation of mean annual ground surface temperatures, ripening date and melt-out date is moderate, making them useful intuitive complementary measured for model evaluation.

  19. Coordination chemistry of Ti(IV) in silicate glasses and melts: III. Glasses and melts from ambient to high temperatures

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    Farges, F.; Brown, G.E. Jr.; Navrotsky, A.; Gan, Hao; Rehr, J.R.

    1996-08-01

    The local structural environment of Ti in five Na-, K-, and Ca-titanosilicate glass/melts with TiO{sub 2} concentrations ranging from 2.7-30.5 wt% has been determined by in situ Ti K-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy at temperatures ranging from 293-1650 K. In parallel, two Ti-model compounds (Ni{sub 2.6}Ti{sub 0.7}O{sub 4} spinel and TiO{sub 2} rutile) were studied under the same conditions to better understand the effects of temperature (anharmonicity) on the XAFS spectra. Temperature-induced anharmonicity was found to vary, largely as a function of the Ti-coordination, and increases significantly around Ti with increasing temperature when present as {sup [6]}Ti. In contrast, anharmonicity appears negligible around {sup [4]}Ti at temperatures below 1200 K. We predict that anharmonicity should be weak around {sup [5]}Ti as well. No clear evidence was found for a significant change in the average nearest-neighbor coordination environment of Ti in the Na- and K-titanosilicate glasses and melts that exhibit anomalous heat capacities variations just above their glass transition temperatures, T{sub g} (860-930 K). The small (predicted and measured) linear thermal expansion of the ({sup [5]}TiO{sup 2+})--O bond in these systems at high temperature is expected to have an insignificant effect on the local environment of {sup [5]}Ti during the glass-to-supercooled liquid transition. In the most dilute Ti-glass studied (KSl; 2.7 wt% TiO{sub 2}), the local environment around {sup [4]}Ti (especially the second-neighbor alkalis) is relatively ordered at ambient temperature, but this order decreases dramatically above T{sub g}. 41 refs., 11 figs., 3 tabs.

  20. Modeling Commercial Turbofan Engine Icing Risk With Ice Crystal Ingestion

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    Jorgenson, Philip C. E.; Veres, Joseph P.

    2013-01-01

    The occurrence of ice accretion within commercial high bypass aircraft turbine engines has been reported under certain atmospheric conditions. Engine anomalies have taken place at high altitudes that have been attributed to ice crystal ingestion, partially melting, and ice accretion on the compression system components. The result was degraded engine performance, and one or more of the following: loss of thrust control (roll back), compressor surge or stall, and flameout of the combustor. As ice crystals are ingested into the fan and low pressure compression system, the increase in air temperature causes a portion of the ice crystals to melt. It is hypothesized that this allows the ice-water mixture to cover the metal surfaces of the compressor stationary components which leads to ice accretion through evaporative cooling. Ice accretion causes a blockage which subsequently results in the deterioration in performance of the compressor and engine. The focus of this research is to apply an engine icing computational tool to simulate the flow through a turbofan engine and assess the risk of ice accretion. The tool is comprised of an engine system thermodynamic cycle code, a compressor flow analysis code, and an ice particle melt code that has the capability of determining the rate of sublimation, melting, and evaporation through the compressor flow path, without modeling the actual ice accretion. A commercial turbofan engine which has previously experienced icing events during operation in a high altitude ice crystal environment has been tested in the Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) altitude test facility at NASA Glenn Research Center. The PSL has the capability to produce a continuous ice cloud which are ingested by the engine during operation over a range of altitude conditions. The PSL test results confirmed that there was ice accretion in the engine due to ice crystal ingestion, at the same simulated altitude operating conditions as experienced previously in flight. The computational tool was utilized to help guide a portion of the PSL testing, and was used to predict ice accretion could also occur at significantly lower altitudes. The predictions were qualitatively verified by subsequent testing of the engine in the PSL. The PSL test has helped to calibrate the engine icing computational tool to assess the risk of ice accretion. The results from the computer simulation identified prevalent trends in wet bulb temperature, ice particle melt ratio, and engine inlet temperature as a function of altitude for predicting engine icing risk due to ice crystal ingestion.

  1. First-year sea ice melt pond fraction estimation from dual-polarisation C-band SAR - Part 1: In situ observations

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    Scharien, R. K.; Landy, J.; Barber, D. G.

    2014-11-01

    Understanding the evolution of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice is important for climate model parameterisations, weather forecast models and process studies involving mass, energy and biogeochemical exchanges across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface. A field campaign was conducted in a region of level first-year sea ice (FYI) in the central Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA), during the summer of 2012, to examine the potential for estimating melt pond fraction (fp) from satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR). In this study, 5.5 GHz (C-band) dual co- (HH + VV - horizontal transmit and horizontal receive + vertical transmit and vertical receive) and cross-polarisation (HV + HH - horizontal transmit and vertical receive + horizontal transmit and horizontal receive) radar scatterometer measurements of melt-pond-covered FYI are combined with ice and pond properties to analyse the effects of in situ physical and morphological changes on backscatter parameters. Surface roughness statistics of ice and ponds are characterised and compared to the validity domains of the Bragg and integral equation model (IEM) scattering models. Experimental and model results are used to outline the potential and limitations of the co-polarisation ratio (VV / HH) for retrieving melt pond information, including fp, at large incidence angles (?35°). Despite high variability in cross-polarisation ratio (HV / HH) magnitudes, increases at small incidence angles (<30°) are attributed to the formation of ice lids on ponds. Implications of the results for pond information retrievals from satellite C-, L- and P-band SARs are discussed.

  2. Temperature regulation in emperor penguins foraging under sea ice.

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    Ponganis, P J; Van Dam, R P; Knower, T; Levenson, D H

    2001-07-01

    Inferior vena caval (IVC) and anterior abdominal (AA) temperatures were recorded in seven emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) foraging under sea ice in order to evaluate the hypothesis that hypothermia-induced metabolic suppression might extend aerobic diving time. Diving durations ranged from 1 to 12.5 min, with 39% of dives greater than the measured aerobic dive limit of 5.6 min. Anterior abdominal temperature decreased progressively throughout dives, and partially returned to pre-dive values during surface intervals. The lowest AA temperature was 19 degrees C. However, mean AA temperatures during dives did not correlate with diving durations. In six of seven penguins, only minor fluctuations in IVC temperatures occurred during diving. These changes were often elevations in temperature. In the one exception, although IVC temperatures decreased, the reductions were less than those in the anterior abdomen and did not correlate with diving durations. Because of these findings, we consider it unlikely that regional hypothermia in emperor penguins leads to a significant reduction in oxygen consumption of the major organs within the abdominal core. Rather, temperature profiles during dives are consistent with a model of regional heterothermy with conservation of core temperature, peripheral vasoconstriction, and cooling of an outer body shell. PMID:11440867

  3. Monitoring of soil temperatures in an Atlantic high mountain environment: The Forcadona buried ice patch (Picos de Europa, NW Spain).

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    Ruiz-Fernández, Jesus; Vieira, Gonçalo; Oliva, Marc; Gallinar, David; García-Hernández, Cristina

    2015-04-01

    Ground temperatures in the area of a buried ice mass located at Western Massif of the Picos de Europa (Cantabrian Mountains, Northwestern Spain) are studied. Ground temperatures were measured at depths of 10 to 50 cm at intervals 2-hour intervals from 2006 to 2011. Ground temperatures showed two distinct seasonal periods: 1) continuous thaw with diurnal oscillation, from late summer to early autumn, and 2) near-0°C, isothermal regime from mid-autumn to late summer. Snow cover thickness controls freeze-thaw cycles in the latter. Transition periods are of very short duration. The small annual number of freeze-thaw cycles in the soil (0 to 16) was controlled by the depth of the snow cover. Extreme minimum temperatures in the soil oscillated between 0.3 and -6.3°C. Monitoring of soil temperatures on the ice patch resulted in slightly negative mean annual temperatures about 0°C. These conditions may reveal that the buried ice is close to melting point and in disequilibrium with the current environmental conditions of the massif.

  4. Hugoniot temperatures and melting of tantalum under shock compression determined by optical pyrometry

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    Dai, Chengda; Hu, Jianbo; Tan, Hua

    2009-08-01

    LiF single crystal was used as transparent window (anvil) to tamp the shock-induced free surface expansion of Ta specimen, and the Ta/LiF interface temperature was measured under shock compression using optical pyrometry technique. The shock temperatures and/or melting temperatures of Ta up to ˜400 GPa were extracted from the observed interface temperatures based on the Tan-Ahrens' model for one-dimensional heat conduction across metal/window ideal interface in which initial melting and subsequent solidification were considered under shock loading. The obtained data within the experimental uncertainties are consistent with the results from high-pressure sound velocity measurements. The temperature of the partial melting on Ta Hugoniot is estimated to be ˜9700 K at 300 GPa, supported by available results from theoretical calculations.

  5. Temperature monitoring in selective laser sintering/melting

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    Chivel, Yu.; Smurov, I.

    2010-07-01

    The optical systems for temperature monitoring of SLS/SLM process are developed and integrated with industrial SLS/SLM machines. The system provides the possibility to spatial distribution of brightness temperature at two wavelengths and selected temperature profiles, calculation of colour temperature and express analysis of possible deviations of the maximum temperature from its optimal value. Optimal regimes of SLS process for the sintering of the high porosity powder body was determined.

  6. Temperature monitoring in selective laser sintering/melting

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    Chivel, Yu.; Smurov, I.

    2011-02-01

    The optical systems for temperature monitoring of SLS/SLM process are developed and integrated with industrial SLS/SLM machines. The system provides the possibility to spatial distribution of brightness temperature at two wavelengths and selected temperature profiles, calculation of colour temperature and express analysis of possible deviations of the maximum temperature from its optimal value. Optimal regimes of SLS process for the sintering of the high porosity powder body was determined.

  7. The effect of basal channels on oceanic ice-shelf melting Thomas Millgate,1,2

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    Johnson, Helen

    of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. [3] Greenland's outlet glaciers terminate in long narrow fjords as either a tidewater glacier or (less often) a floating ice tongue. Within the fjords there is a surface warmer in fjords further south [Straneo et al., 2012]. The glaciers feeding fjords with warmer Atlantic

  8. Arctic sea ice melt, the Polar vortex, and mid-latitude weather: Are they connected?

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    Vihma, Timo; Overland, James; Francis, Jennifer; Hall, Richard; Hanna, Edward; Kim, Seong-Joong

    2015-04-01

    The potential of recent Arctic changes to influence broader hemispheric weather is a difficult and controversial topic with considerable skepticism, as time series of potential linkages are short (<10 years) and the signal-to-noise ratio relative to chaotic weather events is small. A way forward is through further understanding of potential atmospheric dynamic mechanisms. Although not definitive of change in a statistical or in a causality sense, the exceptionally warm Arctic winters since 2007 do contain increased variability according to some climate indices, with six negative (and two positive) Arctic Oscillation atmospheric circulation index events that created meridional flow reaching unusually far north and south. High pressure anomalies developed east of the Ural Mountains in Russia in response to sea-ice loss in the Barents/Kara Seas, which initiated eastward-propagating wave trains of high and low pressure that advected cold air over central and eastern Asia. Increased Greenland blocking and greater geopotential thickness related to low-level temperatures increases led to northerly meridional flow into eastern North America, inducing persistent cold periods. Arctic connections in Europe and western North America are less clear. The quantitative impact of potential Arctic change on mid-latitude weather will not be resolved within the foreseeable future, yet new approaches to high-latitude atmospheric dynamics can contribute to improved extended range forecasts as outlined by the WMO/Polar Prediction Program and other international activities.

  9. Radiolysis of astrophysical ice analogs by energetic ions: the effect of projectile mass and ice temperature.

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    Pilling, Sergio; Duarte, Eduardo Seperuelo; Domaracka, Alicja; Rothard, Hermann; Boduch, Philippe; da Silveira, Enio F

    2011-09-21

    An experimental study of the interaction of highly charged, energetic ions (52 MeV (58)Ni(13+) and 15.7 MeV (16)O(5+)) with mixed H(2)O : C(18)O(2) astrophysical ice analogs at two different temperatures is presented. This analysis aims to simulate the chemical and the physicochemical interactions induced by cosmic rays inside dense, cold astrophysical environments, such as molecular clouds or protostellar clouds as well at the surface of outer solar system bodies. The measurements were performed at the heavy ion accelerator GANIL (Grand Accelerateur National d'Ions Lourds) in Caen, France. The gas samples were deposited onto a CsI substrate at 13 K and 80 K. In situ analysis was performed by a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer at different fluences. Radiolysis yields of the produced species were quantified. The dissociation cross section at 13 K of both H(2)O and CO(2) is about 3-4 times smaller when O ions are employed. The ice temperature seems to affect differently each species when the same projectile was employed. The formation cross section at 13 K of molecules such as C(18)O, CO (with oxygen from water), and H(2)O(2) increases when Ni ions are employed. The formation of organic compounds seems to be enhanced by the oxygen projectiles and at lower temperatures. In addition, because the organic production at 13 K is at least 4 times higher than the value at 80 K, we also expect that interstellar ices are more organic-rich than the surfaces of outer solar system bodies. PMID:21647477

  10. Effect of Hydrogen and Carbon on the Melting Temperature of the Core

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    Nakajima, Y.; Sakamaki, K.; Takahashi, E.; Fukai, Y.; Suzuki, T.; Funakoshi, K.

    2007-12-01

    The temperature of the Earth's outer core has been discussed based on the melting temperature of Fe- O-S alloys (e.g., Boehler, 1996). Although hydrogen and carbon are the possible candidates of the core component, their effects on the melting temperature of iron at high-pressures are unclear. Using a Kawai-type multi-anvil apparatus at SPring-8 synchrotron, we carried out a series of melting experiments on FeH and Fe3C up to 20 and 28 GPa, respectively. In the experiments on FeH, Fe sponge mixed with MgO was packed into a NaCl container with a hydrogen source, LiAlH4 (e.g., Fukai et al., 1989). During heating under high-pressures, hydrogenation of iron was observed by volume change. The phase boundary between ?'-phase (low-temperature phase) and ?-phase (high-temperature phase) of iron-hydride was determined using both cooling and heating experiments. Hydrogen concentrations in the ?-FeHx and ?'-FeHx were calculated based on the excess volume data from that of pure iron. It is found that ?-FeHx and ?'-FeHx synthesized in our experiments at pressures between 10 and 20 GPa are nearly stoichiometric FeH. Melting temperature of the ?-FeH was determined by the abrupt change in the X-ray diffraction patterns (crystalline to amorphous). The melting temperatures were determined to be 1473, 1473, 1493, 1573 and 1593 K at 10, 11.5, 15, 18 and 20 GPa, respectively. In the experiments using Fe3C, the synthesized Fe3C powder was encapsulated in a MgO container. In the diffraction sequences during heating, the peaks of Fe3C disappeared, and the new peaks identified as those of Fe7C3 were observed with halo caused by liquid. Finally, the Fe7C3 peaks disappeared, and only the halo pattern was observed. Based on these observations, the incongruent melting of Fe3C to Fe7C3 and liquid is estimated to occur at 1823 and 1923 K at 19.7 and 27.0 GPa, respectively. The liquidus temperatures of the Fe3C composition are found to be at 2098 and 2198 K at 19.5 and 26.8 GPa, respectively. The melting temperatures of Fe3C determined by our experiments are >700 K lower than that of the previous estimation based on thermodynamic calculation (Wood, 1993). Our experimental results show a possibility that the hydrogen and carbon lower the melting temperature of iron (outer core) dramatically. The melting temperatures of ?-FeH and Fe3C at 20 GPa are already 500 K lower than that of pure iron estimated by Anderson and Isaak (2000). Extrapolating our experimental melting curves for FeH and Fe3C to core pressures using Lindemann's melting law, we obtained the melting temperatures to be ~2600 and ~2900 K at the core-mantle boundary (CMB), respectively. In the presence of both hydrogen and carbon, melting temperature of the Earth's outer core could be >1500 K lower than that of the previous estimates, implying that the temperature gap at CMB could be much smaller than the current estimates.

  11. Differential equation for the melting temperature of small-size particles

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    Barybin, A. A.; Shapovalov, V. I.

    2010-11-01

    A differential equation for determining the melting temperature of small-size particles has been derived within the framework of a thermodynamic approach. The equation has a rather general form that admits the dependence of physical quantities such as the heat of melting, surface tension, and molar volumes in the solid and liquid state on the particles radius. The result of the integration of the obtained equation in particular cases leads to the well-known formulas.

  12. Collecting, shipping, storing, and imaging snow crystals and ice grains with low-temperature scanning electron microscopy.

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    Erbe, Eric F; Rango, Albert; Foster, James; Josberger, Edward G; Pooley, Christopher; Wergin, William P

    2003-09-01

    Methods to collect, transport, and store samples of snow and ice have been developed that enable detailed observations of these samples with a technique known as low-temperature scanning electron microscopy (LTSEM). This technique increases the resolution and ease with which samples of snow and ice can be observed, studied, and photographed. Samples are easily collected in the field and have been shipped to the electron microscopy laboratory by common air carrier from distances as far as 5,000 miles. Delicate specimens of snow crystals and ice grains survive the shipment procedures and have been stored for as long as 3 years without undergoing any structural changes. The samples are not subjected to the melting or sublimation artifacts. LTSEM allows individual crystals to be observed for several hours with no detectable changes. Furthermore, the instrument permits recording of photographs containing the parallax information necessary for three-dimensional imaging of the true shapes of snowflakes, snow crystals, snow clusters, ice grains, and interspersed air spaces. This study presents detailed descriptions of the procedures that have been used successfully in the field and the laboratory to collect, ship, store, and image snow crystals and ice grains. PMID:12938115

  13. Collecting, shipping, storing, and imaging snow crystals and ice grains with low-temperature scanning electron microscopy

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    Erbe, E.F.; Rango, A.; Foster, J.; Josberger, E.G.; Pooley, C.; Wergin, W.P.

    2003-01-01

    Methods to collect, transport, and store samples of snow and ice have been developed that enable detailed observations of these samples with a technique known as low-temperature scanning electron microscopy (LTSEM). This technique increases the resolution and ease with which samples of snow and ice can be observed, studied, and photographed. Samples are easily collected in the field and have been shipped to the electron microscopy laboratory by common air carrier from distances as far as 5,000 miles. Delicate specimens of snow crystals and ice grains survive the shipment procedures and have been stored for as long as 3 years without undergoing any structural changes. The samples are not subjected to the melting or sublimation artifacts. LTSEM allows individual crystals to be observed for several hours with no detectable changes. Furthermore, the instrument permits recording of photographs containing the parallax information necessary for three-dimensional imaging of the true shapes of snowflakes, snow crystals, snow clusters, ice grains, and interspersed air spaces. This study presents detailed descriptions of the procedures that have been used successfully in the field and the laboratory to collect, ship, store, and image snow crystals and ice grains. Published 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  14. Melting temperature of heavy quarkonium with a holographic potential up to sub-leading order

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    Zi-qiang Zhang; Yan Wu; De-fu Hou

    2015-04-10

    A calculation of the melting temperatures of heavy quarkonium states with the holographic potential was introduced in the work of\\cite{DF}. In this paper, we consider the holographic potential including its sub-leading order, we find this correction lowers the dissociation temperatures of heavy quarkonium.

  15. Recovering Paleo-Records from Antarctic Ice-Cores by Coupling a Continuous Melting Device and Fast Ion Chromatography.

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    Severi, Mirko; Becagli, Silvia; Traversi, Rita; Udisti, Roberto

    2015-11-17

    Recently, the increasing interest in the understanding of global climatic changes and on natural processes related to climate yielded the development and improvement of new analytical methods for the analysis of environmental samples. The determination of trace chemical species is a useful tool in paleoclimatology, and the techniques for the analysis of ice cores have evolved during the past few years from laborious measurements on discrete samples to continuous techniques allowing higher temporal resolution, higher sensitivity and, above all, higher throughput. Two fast ion chromatographic (FIC) methods are presented. The first method was able to measure Cl(-), NO3(-) and SO4(2-) in a melter-based continuous flow system separating the three analytes in just 1 min. The second method (called Ultra-FIC) was able to perform a single chromatographic analysis in just 30 s and the resulting sampling resolution was 1.0 cm with a typical melting rate of 4.0 cm min(-1). Both methods combine the accuracy, precision, and low detection limits of ion chromatography with the enhanced speed and high depth resolution of continuous melting systems. Both methods have been tested and validated with the analysis of several hundred meters of different ice cores. In particular, the Ultra-FIC method was used to reconstruct the high-resolution SO4(2-) profile of the last 10?000 years for the EDML ice core, allowing the counting of the annual layers, which represents a key point in dating these kind of natural archives. PMID:26494022

  16. Long-term ocean simulations in FESOM: evaluation and application in studying the impact of Greenland Ice Sheet melting

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    Wang, Xuezhu; Wang, Qiang; Sidorenko, Dmitry; Danilov, Sergey; Schröter, Jens; Jung, Thomas

    2012-12-01

    The Finite Element Sea-ice Ocean Model (FESOM) is formulated on unstructured meshes and offers geometrical flexibility which is difficult to achieve on traditional structured grids. In this work, the performance of FESOM in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean on large time scales is evaluated in a hindcast experiment. A water-hosing experiment is also conducted to study the model sensitivity to increased freshwater input from Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) melting in a 0.1-Sv discharge rate scenario. The variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) in the hindcast experiment can be explained by the variability of the thermohaline forcing over deep convection sites. The model also reproduces realistic freshwater content variability and sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean. The anomalous freshwater in the water-hosing experiment leads to significant changes in the ocean circulation and local dynamical sea level (DSL). The most pronounced DSL rise is in the northwest North Atlantic as shown in previous studies, and also in the Arctic Ocean. The released GrIS freshwater mainly remains in the North Atlantic, Arctic Ocean and the west South Atlantic after 120 model years. The pattern of ocean freshening is similar to that of the GrIS water distribution, but changes in ocean circulation also contribute to the ocean salinity change. The changes in Arctic and sub-Arctic sea level modify exchanges between the Arctic Ocean and subpolar seas, and hence the role of the Arctic Ocean in the global climate. Not only the strength of the AMOC, but also the strength of its decadal variability is notably reduced by the anomalous freshwater input. A comparison of FESOM with results from previous studies shows that FESOM can simulate past ocean state and the impact of increased GrIS melting well.

  17. A Climate-Data Record (CDR) of the "Clear Sky" Surface Temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Hall, Dorothy K.; Comiso, J. C.; DiGirolamo, N. E.; Shuman, C. A.

    2011-01-01

    To quantify the ice-surface temperature (IST) we are developing a climate-data record (CDR) of monthly IST of the Greenland ice sheet, from 1982 to the present using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data at 5-km resolution. "Clear-sky" surface temperature increases have been measured from the early 1980s to the early 2000s in the Arctic using AVHRR data, showing increases ranging from 0.57-0.02 (Wang and Key, 2005) to 0.72 0.10 deg C per decade (Comiso, 2006). Arctic warming has implications for ice-sheet mass balance because much of the periphery of the ice sheet is near 0 deg C in the melt season and is thus vulnerable to more extensive melting (Hanna et al., 2008). The algorithm used for this work has a long history of measuring IST in the Arctic with AVHRR (Key and Haefliger, 1992). The data are currently available from 1981 to 2004 in the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder (APP) dataset (Fowler et al., 2000). J. Key1NOAA modified the AVHRR algorithm for use with MODIS (Hall et al., 2004). The MODIS algorithm is now being processed over Greenland. Issues being addressed in the production of the CDR are: time-series bias caused by cloud cover, and cross-calibration between AVHRR and MODIS instruments. Because of uncertainties, time series of satellite ISTs do not necessarily correspond with actual surface temperatures. The CDR will be validated by comparing results with in-situ (see Koenig and Hall, in press) and automatic-weather station data (e.g., Shuman et al., 2001).

  18. Spatial and temporal melt variability at Helheim Glacier, East Greenland, and its effect on ice dynamics

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    Anderson, M. L.; Larsen, T. B.; Nettles, M.; Elosegui, P.; van As, D.; Hamilton, Gordon S.; Stearns, Leigh; Davis, J. L.; Ahlstrom, A. P.; de Juan, J.; Ekstrom, G.; Stenseng, L.; Khan, S. A.; Forsberg, R.; Dahl-Jensen, D.

    2010-12-29

    [1] Understanding the behavior of large outlet glaciers draining the Greenland Ice Sheet is critical for assessing the impact of climate change on sea level rise. The flow of marine-terminating outlet glaciers is partly governed by calving...

  19. The importance of accumulation in Greenland ice sheet mass loss in record-setting melt years

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    Fausto, Robert; Ahlstrøm, Andreas; Andersen, Signe; Andersen, Morten; Citterio, Michele; Colgan, William; van As, Dirk

    2013-04-01

    Point measurements from automatic weather stations (AWSs) combined with satellite observations offer a unique insight into the climate-ice sheet interaction on the full spatial scale to provide a comprehensive understanding of the processes important for ice sheet mass loss. Here, we present annual ablation observations from the Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet (PROMICE) network for the years 2008 to 2012. We observed record-setting ablation on the Greenland Ice Sheet in the warm years 2010 and 2012, where 2012 is recognized as the year with larger mass loss. By combining AWSs and The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data, we show that more mass accumulated along the margin during winter except for the north, northwest and southeast compared to 2010. GRACE 2012 also indicates less mass had accumulated in the interior of Greenland compared to 2010, which we suggest to explain a major part of the mass loss deficit between 2010 and 2012.

  20. Bubble Nucleation in Hydrous Magmas: The Impact of Melt Composition, Water Content, and Temperature

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    Gardner, J. E.; Lewis, A. E.

    2009-12-01

    When magma rises toward the surface, water - the most abundant volatile dissolved in most magmas - exsolves and forms bubbles, because its solubility in magma decreases with lower pressure. The kinetics of bubble nucleation has been linked to the eruptive behavior of magma, and may even control whether eruptions are violently explosive or effusively passive. Assuming bubbles nucleate homogeneously, both the onset and rate of their nucleation are controlled mainly by the degree to which water is supersaturated in the melt (?P) and the surface tension (?) between the bubble and its host melt. In fact, ? is critical, because even small changes in ? lead to large differences in ?P needed to trigger nucleation. Despite the importance of ? in controlling bubble nucleation, and thus possibly in determining the eruptive behavior of volcanoes, we lack predictive models of ?, and even know little about how it varies between magmas. From what data exist, we know that dissolved water content impacts ?, as does temperature and melt composition. To expand the database of measured values of ?, we have carried hydrothermal decompression experiments on hydrous rhyolite, pantellerite, and trachyte. Those melts were first hydrated at high pressure and temperature, typically for 5 days, and then decompressed to lower pressure within a few seconds (hence, instantaneous decompression), and then the melt was quenched rapidly after spending some fixed amount of time at the new lower pressure. Bubble number densities are measured in 3D, and divided by time to estimate nucleation rate. From those rates as a function of decompression, we then estimate the value of ?. Our preliminary results suggest that, at 900° C, pantellerite (highly per-alkaline rhyolite) with 6.2 wt.% dissolved water has a ? of 0.063 N/m and trachyte with 4.7 wt.% water has a ? of ~0.078 N/m. Our results on rhyolite reveal that at constant water content (~5 wt.%) ? decreases about 20% as temperature increases from 775° to 875° C, roughly equal to the impact of isothermally increasing water content by a weight percent. When we combine our results with published surface tensions determined by similar methods we find that ? correlates, albeit weakly, with melt viscosity, suggesting that the structure of hydrous melt may play an important role in determining surface tension. Indeed, we find that ? correlates with the concentration of structural modifiers in the melt, modified for water content and temperature; that same modified parameter correlates strongly with melt viscosity. These preliminary findings suggest that surface tension may be predictable by knowing magma composition and temperature. We plan to expand our database by carrying out further decompression studies using different melt compositions, water contents, and temperatures.

  1. Satellite-derived ice data sets no. 2: Arctic monthly average microwave brightness temperatures and sea ice concentrations, 1973-1976

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    Parkinson, C. L.; Comiso, J. C.; Zwally, H. J.

    1987-01-01

    A summary data set for four years (mid 70's) of Arctic sea ice conditions is available on magnetic tape. The data include monthly and yearly averaged Nimbus 5 electrically scanning microwave radiometer (ESMR) brightness temperatures, an ice concentration parameter derived from the brightness temperatures, monthly climatological surface air temperatures, and monthly climatological sea level pressures. All data matrices are applied to 293 by 293 grids that cover a polar stereographic map enclosing the 50 deg N latitude circle. The grid size varies from about 32 X 32 km at the poles to about 28 X 28 km at 50 deg N. The ice concentration parameter is calculated assuming that the field of view contains only open water and first-year ice with an ice emissivity of 0.92. To account for the presence of multiyear ice, a nomogram is provided relating the ice concentration parameter, the total ice concentration, and the fraction of the ice cover which is multiyear ice.

  2. Relationship between Crystal Thickness and Isothermal Crystallization Temperature for Determination of Equilibrium Melting Temperature for Syndiotatic Polypropylene

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    Wang, Zhi-Gang; Hsiao Hsiao, Benjamin; Srinivas, Srivatsan; Crist, Buckley

    2000-03-01

    Syndiotatic polypropylene (sPP) was used to investigate the relationship between isothermal crystallization temperature (Tc = 70-115^oC), crystal thickness and subsequent melting using simultaneous synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) in conjunction with DSC. The thickest lamellar crystals melt at the end of the DSC endotherm. At this temperature, the SAXS intensity (corrected formelt scattering) showed a diffuse profile, and the crystalline feature in the WAXD pattern was completely absent. This crystal thickness was estimated using an approach based on the single lamella structure factor, which will also be compared to the value determined by the interface distribution function. The equilibrium melting temperature obtained this way will be contrasted by other methods such as the Hoffman-Weeks approach. Acknowledgement: This work was supported by by a NSF grant (DMR 9732653).

  3. Freezing and melting water in lamellar structures.

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    Gleeson, J T; Erramilli, S; Gruner, S M

    1994-08-01

    The manner in which ice forms in lamellar suspensions of dielaidoylphosphatidylethanolamine, dielaidoylphosphatidylcholine, and dioleoylphosphatidylcholine in water depends strongly on the water fraction. For weight fractions between 15 and 9%, the freezing and melting temperatures are significantly depressed below 0 degree C. The ice exhibits a continuous melting transition spanning as much as 20 degrees C. When the water weight fraction is below 9%, ice never forms at temperatures as low as -40 degrees C. We show that when water contained in a lamellar lipid suspension freezes, the ice is not found between the bilayers; it exists as pools of crystalline ice in equilibrium with the bound water associated with the polar lipid headgroups. We have used this effect, together with the known chemical potential of ice, to measure hydration forces between lipid bilayers. We find exponentially decaying hydration repulsion when the bilayers are less than about 7 A apart. For larger separations, we find significant deviations from single exponential decay. PMID:7948683

  4. Shear Melting and High Temperature Embrittlement: Theory and Application to Machining Titanium

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    Healy, Con; Koch, Sascha; Siemers, Carsten; Mukherji, Debashis; Ackland, Graeme J.

    2015-04-01

    We describe a dynamical phase transition occurring within a shear band at high temperature and under extremely high shear rates. With increasing temperature, dislocation deformation and grain boundary sliding are supplanted by amorphization in a highly localized nanoscale band, which allows for massive strain and fracture. The mechanism is similar to shear melting and leads to liquid metal embrittlement at high temperature. From simulation, we find that the necessary conditions are lack of dislocation slip systems, low thermal conduction, and temperature near the melting point. The first two are exhibited by bcc titanium alloys, and we show that the final one can be achieved experimentally by adding low-melting-point elements: specifically, we use insoluble rare earth metals (REMs). Under high shear, the REM becomes mixed with the titanium, lowering the melting point within the shear band and triggering the shear-melting transition. This in turn generates heat which remains localized in the shear band due to poor heat conduction. The material fractures along the shear band. We show how to utilize this transition in the creation of new titanium-based alloys with improved machinability.

  5. Shear melting and high temperature embrittlement: theory and application to machining titanium.

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    Healy, Con; Koch, Sascha; Siemers, Carsten; Mukherji, Debashis; Ackland, Graeme J

    2015-04-24

    We describe a dynamical phase transition occurring within a shear band at high temperature and under extremely high shear rates. With increasing temperature, dislocation deformation and grain boundary sliding are supplanted by amorphization in a highly localized nanoscale band, which allows for massive strain and fracture. The mechanism is similar to shear melting and leads to liquid metal embrittlement at high temperature. From simulation, we find that the necessary conditions are lack of dislocation slip systems, low thermal conduction, and temperature near the melting point. The first two are exhibited by bcc titanium alloys, and we show that the final one can be achieved experimentally by adding low-melting-point elements: specifically, we use insoluble rare earth metals (REMs). Under high shear, the REM becomes mixed with the titanium, lowering the melting point within the shear band and triggering the shear-melting transition. This in turn generates heat which remains localized in the shear band due to poor heat conduction. The material fractures along the shear band. We show how to utilize this transition in the creation of new titanium-based alloys with improved machinability. PMID:25955055

  6. Symmetry breaking in a dense liquid: Why sodium melts at room temperature.

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    Raty, Jean-Yves; Schwegler, Eric; Bonev, Stanimir

    2007-03-01

    The melting curve of sodium measured in [1] exhibits unusual features under pressure : the melting temperature, Tm, reaches a maximum around 30 GPa followed by a sharp decline from 1000 K to 300 K in the pressure range from 30 to 120 GPa. In this study, the structural and electronic properties of molten sodium are studied using first principles theory. With increasing pressure, liquid sodium initially evolves by assuming a more compact local structure, which accounts for the maximum of Tm at 30 GPas. However, at pressure around 65 gigapascals a transition to a lower coordinated structure takes place, driven by the opening of a pseudogap at the Fermi level. Remarkably, the broken symmetry liquid phase emerges at rather elevated temperatures and above the stability region of a closed packed free electron-like metal. The theory explains the measured drop of the sodium melting temperature, down to 300 kelvin at 105 GPas. [1] Gregoryantz et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 185502 (2005).

  7. Effect of storage temperature on quality of light and full-fat ice cream.

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    Buyck, J R; Baer, R J; Choi, J

    2011-05-01

    Ice cream quality is dependent on many factors including storage temperature. Currently, the industry standard for ice cream storage is -28.9 °C. Ice cream production costs may be decreased by increasing the temperature of the storage freezer, thus lowering energy costs. The first objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of 4 storage temperatures on the quality of commercial vanilla-flavored light and full-fat ice cream. Storage temperatures used were -45.6, -26.1, and -23.3 °C for the 3 treatments and -28.9 °C as the control or industry standard. Ice crystal sizes were analyzed by a cold-stage microscope and image analysis at 1, 19.5, and 39 wk of storage. Ice crystal size did not differ among the storage temperatures of light and full-fat ice creams at 19.5 or 39 wk. An increase in ice crystal size was observed between 19.5 and 39 wk for all storage temperatures except -45.6 °C. Coldness intensity, iciness, creaminess, and storage/stale off-flavor of the light and full-fat ice creams were evaluated at 39 wk of storage. Sensory evaluation indicated no difference among the different storage temperatures for light and full-fat ice creams. In a second study, light and full-fat ice creams were heat shocked by storing at -28.9 °C for 35 wk and then alternating between -23.3 and -12.2 °C every 24h for 4 wk. Heat-shocked ice creams were analyzed at 2 and 4 wk of storage for ice crystal size and were evaluated by the sensory panel. A difference in ice crystal size was observed for light and full-fat ice creams during heat-shock storage; however, sensory results indicated no differences. In summary, storage of light or full-fat vanilla-flavored ice creams at the temperatures used within this research did not affect quality of the ice creams. Therefore, ice cream manufacturers could conserve energy by increasing the temperature of freezers from -28.9 to -26.1 °C. Because freezers will typically fluctuate from the set temperature, usage of -26.1 °C allows for a safety factor, even though storage at -23.3 °C did not affect ice cream quality. PMID:21524511

  8. Water-melt interaction in hydrous magmatic systems at high temperature and pressure

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    Mysen, Bjorn

    2014-12-01

    Experimental data on the structure and properties of melts and fluids relevant to water-melt interaction in hydrous magmatic systems in the Earth's interior have been reviewed. Complex relationships between water solubility in melts and their bulk composition [Al/Si-ratio, metal oxide/(Al + Si) and electron properties of metal cations] explain why water solubility in felsic magmas such as those of rhyolite and andesite composition is significantly greater than the water solubility in basalt melts. The silicate solubility in aqueous fluid is also significantly dependent on composition with metal oxide/(Al + Si) and electron properties of the metal cations, the dominant variables. Hydrogen bonding is not important in hydrous fluids and melts at temperatures above 500°C to 550°C and does not, therefore, play a role in hydrous magmatic systems. The properties of hydrous melts and aqueous solutions are governed by how the silicate speciation ( Q n species, where n is the number of bridging oxygen in an individual species) varies with bulk composition, silicate composition, temperature, and pressure. The reactions that describe the interactions are similar in melts, fluids, and supercritical fluids. The degree of melt polymerization caused by dissolved water varies with melt composition and total water content. Silicate- and alkali-rich felsic magmatic melts are more sensitive to water content than more mafic magmas. Transport and configurational properties of hydrous magmatic melts can be modeled with the aid of the Q n speciation variations. Liquidus and melting phase relations of hydrous systems also can be described in such terms, as can minor and trace element partition coefficients. Stable isotope fractionation (e.g., D/H) can also be rationalized in this manner. Critical to these latter observations is the high silicate concentration in aqueous fluids. These components can enhance solubility of minor and trace elements by orders of magnitude and change the speciation of H and D complexes so that their fractionation factors change quite significantly. Data from pure silicate-H2O systems cannot be employed for these purposes.

  9. Bacterial responses to fluctuations and extremes in temperature and brine salinity at the surface of Arctic winter sea ice.

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    Ewert, Marcela; Deming, Jody W

    2014-08-01

    Wintertime measurements near Barrow, Alaska, showed that bacteria near the surface of first-year sea ice and in overlying saline snow experience more extreme temperatures and salinities, and wider fluctuations in both parameters, than bacteria deeper in the ice. To examine impacts of such conditions on bacterial survival, two Arctic isolates with different environmental tolerances were subjected to winter-freezing conditions, with and without the presence of organic solutes involved in osmoprotection: proline, choline, or glycine betaine. Obligate psychrophile Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H suffered cell losses under all treatments, with maximal loss after 15-day exposure to temperatures fluctuating between -7 and -25 °C. Osmoprotectants significantly reduced the losses, implying that salinity rather than temperature extremes presents the greater stress for this organism. In contrast, psychrotolerant Psychrobacter sp. strain 7E underwent miniaturization and fragmentation under both fluctuating and stable-freezing conditions, with cell numbers increasing in most cases, implying a different survival strategy that may include enhanced dispersal. Thus, the composition and abundance of the bacterial community that survives in winter sea ice may depend on the extent to which overlying snow buffers against extreme temperature and salinity conditions and on the availability of solutes that mitigate osmotic shock, especially during melting. PMID:24903191

  10. Paraffin Phase Change Material for Maintaining Temperature Stability of IceCube Type of CubeSats in LEO

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    Choi, Michael K.

    2015-01-01

    The MLA and IFA of the instrument on the IceCube require a 20 C temperature and a thermal stability of +/-1 C. The thermal environment of the ISS orbit for the IceCube is very unstable due to solar beta angles in the -75deg to +75deg range. Additionally the instrument is powered off in every eclipse to conserve electrical power. These two factors cause thermal instability to the MLA and IFA. This paper presents a thermal design of using mini paraffin PCM packs to meet the thermal requirements of these instrument components. With a 31 g mass plus a 30% margin of n-hexadecane, the MLA and IFA are powered on for 32.3 minutes in sunlight at a 0deg beta angle to melt the paraffin. The powered-on time increases to 38 minutes at a 75deg (+/-) beta angle. When the MLA and IFA are powered off, the paraffin freezes.

  11. Ice Nucleation Temperature of Individual Leaves in Relation to Population Sizes of Ice Nucleation Active Bacteria and Frost Injury

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    Hirano, Susan S.; Baker, L. Stuart; Upper, Christen D.

    1985-01-01

    Ice nucleation temperatures of individual leaves were determined by a tube nucleation test. With this assay, a direct quantitative relationship was obtained between the temperatures at which ice nucleation occurred on individual oat (Avena sativa L.) leaves and the population sizes of ice nucleation active (INA) bacteria present on those leaves. In the absence of INA bacteria, nucleation of supercooled growth-chamber grown oat leaves did not occur until temperatures were below approximately ?5°C. Both nucleation temperature and population size of INA bacteria were determined on the same individual, field-grown oat leaves. Leaves with higher ice nucleation temperatures harbored larger populations of INA bacteria than did leaves with lower nucleation temperatures. Log10 mean populations of INA bacteria per leaf were 5.14 and 3.51 for leaves with nucleation temperatures of ?2.5°C and ?3.0°C, respectively. Nucleation frequencies (the ratio of ice nuclei to viable cells) of INA bacteria on leaves were lognormally distributed. Strains from two very different collections of Pseudomonas syringae and one of Erwinia herbicola were cultured on nutrient glycerol agar and tested for nucleation frequency at ?5°C. Nucleation frequencies of these bacterial strains were also lognormally distributed within each of the three sets. The tube nucleation test was used to determine the frequency with which individual leaves in an oat canopy harbored large populations of INA bacteria throughout the growing season. This test also predicted relative frost hazard to tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) plants. PMID:16664039

  12. The challenge of decomposition and melting of gallium nitride under high pressure and high temperature

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    Porowski, S.; Sadovyi, B.; Gierlotka, S.; Rzoska, S. J.; Grzegory, I.; Petrusha, I.; Turkevich, V.; Stratiichuk, D.

    2015-10-01

    Gallium nitride (GaN) is considered to be one of the most important semiconductors nowadays. In this report a solution of the long standing puzzle regarding GaN decomposition and melting under high pressure and high temperature is presented. This includes the discussion of results obtained so far. The possibility of a consistent parameterisation of pressure (P) evolution of the melting temperature (Tm) in basic semiconductors (GaN, germanium, silicon…), independently from signs of dTm / dP is also presented.

  13. Ice thickness effects on Aquarius brightness temperatures over Antarctica

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    Pablos, Miriam; Piles, María.; González-Gambau, Verónica; Camps, Adriano; Vall-llossera, Mercè

    2015-04-01

    The Dome-C region, in the East Antarctic Plateau, is regarded as an ideal natural laboratory for calibration/validation of space-borne microwave radiometers. At L-band, the thermal stability of this region has been confirmed by several experimental campaigns. However, its use as an independent external calibration target has recently been questioned due to some spatial inhomogeneities and seasonal effects revealed in the brightness temperatures (TB) acquired in this area. This paper shows the observed relationship, from exploratory research, between the Antarctic ice thickness spatial variations and the measured Aquarius TB changes. A 3-months no-daylight period during the Austral winter has been analyzed. Four transects have been defined over East Antarctica covering areas with different ice thickness variations and ranges. The theoretical L-band penetration depth has been estimated to understand the possible contributions to the measured signal. A good agreement has been observed between Aquarius TB and ice thickness variations over the whole Antarctica, with correlations of ˜0.6-0.7. The two variables show a linear trend with slopes of ˜8.3-9.5 K/km. No correlation has been observed with the subglacial bedrock. The maximum L-band penetration depth has been estimated to be ˜1-1.5 km. Results are therefore consistent: the spatial variations found on Aquarius TB are not related to the emissivity of the bedrock, which lies deeper. This study provides evidence that new L-band satellite observations could contribute to further our understanding of Antarctic geophysical processes.

  14. Ocean rises are products of variable mantle composition, temperature and focused melting

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    Dick, Henry J. B.; Zhou, Huaiyang

    2015-01-01

    Ocean ridges, where Earth's tectonic plates are pulled apart, range from more than 5-km depth in the Arctic to 750 m above sea level in Iceland. This huge relief is generally attributed to mantle plumes underlying mantle hotspots--areas of voluminous volcanism marked by ocean islands. The plumes are thought to feed the mantle beneath adjacent ocean ridges. This process results in thickened crust and ridge elevation to form ocean rises. The composition of mid-ocean ridge basalt, a direct function of mantle composition and temperature, varies systematically along ocean rises, but in a unique way for each different rise. Here we use thermodynamic calculations of melt-evolution pathways to show that variations in both mantle temperature and source composition are required to explain the chemical make-up of rise basalts. Thus, lateral gradients in mantle temperature cannot be uniquely determined from basalt chemistry, and ocean rises can be supported by chemically buoyant mantle or by robust mantle plumes. Our calculations also indicate that melt is conserved and focused by percolative flow towards the overlying ridge, progressively interacting with the mantle to shallow depth. We conclude that most mantle melting occurs by an overlooked mechanism, focused melting, whereas fractional melting is a secondary process that is important largely at shallow depth.

  15. Temperature and melt solid interface control during crystal growth

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    Batur, Celal

    1990-01-01

    Findings on the adaptive control of a transparent Bridgman crystal growth furnace are summarized. The task of the process controller is to establish a user specified axial temperature profile by controlling the temperatures in eight heating zones. The furnace controller is built around a computer. Adaptive PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) and Pole Placement control algorithms are applied. The need for adaptive controller stems from the fact that the zone dynamics changes with respect to time. The controller was tested extensively on the Lead Bromide crystal growth. Several different temperature profiles and ampoule's translational rates are tried. The feasibility of solid liquid interface quantification by image processing was determined. The interface is observed by a color video camera and the image data file is processed to determine if the interface is flat, convex or concave.

  16. Inferring snowpack ripening and melt-out from distributed measurements of near-surface ground temperatures

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    Schmid, M.-O.; Gubler, S.; Fiddes, J.; Gruber, S.

    2012-10-01

    Seasonal snow cover and its melt regime are heterogeneous both in time and space. Describing and modelling this variability is important because it affects diverse phenomena such as runoff, ground temperatures or slope movements. This study presents the derivation of melting characteristics based on spatial clusters of ground surface temperature (GST) measurements. Results are based on data from Switzerland where ground surface temperatures were measured with miniature loggers (iButtons) at 40 locations referred to as footprints. At each footprint, up to ten iButtons have been distributed randomly over an area of 10 m × 10 m, placed a few cm below the ground surface. Footprints span elevations of 2100-3300 m a.s.l. and slope angles of 0-55°, as well as diverse slope expositions and types of surface cover and ground material. Based on two years of temperature data, the basal ripening date and the melt-out date are determined for each iButton, aggregated to the footprint level and further analysed. The melt-out date could be derived for nearly all iButtons; the ripening date could be extracted for only approximately half of them because its detection based on GST requires ground freezing below the snowpack. The variability within a footprint is often considerable and one to three weeks difference between melting or ripening of the points in one footprint is not uncommon. The correlation of mean annual ground surface temperatures, ripening date and melt-out date is moderate, suggesting that these metrics are useful for model evaluation.

  17. Temperature Dependence of Density, Viscosity and Electrical Conductivity for Hg-Based II-VI Semiconductor Melts

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    Li, C.; Ban, H.; Lin, B.; Scripa, R. N.; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.

    2004-01-01

    The relaxation phenomenon of semiconductor melts, or the change of melt structure with time, impacts the crystal growth process and the eventual quality of the crystal. The thermophysical properties of the melt are good indicators of such changes in melt structure. Also, thermophysical properties are essential to the accurate predication of the crystal growth process by computational modeling. Currently, the temperature dependent thermophysical property data for the Hg-based II-VI semiconductor melts are scarce. This paper reports the results on the temperature dependence of melt density, viscosity and electrical conductivity of Hg-based II-VI compounds. The melt density was measured using a pycnometric method, and the viscosity and electrical conductivity were measured by a transient torque method. Results were compared with available published data and showed good agreement. The implication of the structural changes at different temperature ranges was also studied and discussed.

  18. Metal-sulfide melt non-interconnectivity in silicates, even at high pressure, high temperature, and high melt fractions

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    Minarik, W.G.; Ryerson, F.J.

    1996-01-01

    The authors have investigated the textural microstructure of iron-nickel-sulfur melts in contact with olivine, pyroxene, and the modified-spinel polymorph of olivine. The experiments were conducted at 1,500 C and pressures ranging from 1 to 17 GPa. For compositions more metal-rich than the monosulfide, including the eutectic composition, the metal sulfide melt has a dihedral angle greater than 60{degree} and does not form an interconnected grain-edge fluid. Increasing pressure does not measurably alter the dihedral angles. Textural evolution results in coarsening of the sulfide melt pockets, resulting in large pockets surrounded by many silicate grains and separated from one another by melt-free grain edges. Chemical communication between these large pockets is limited to lattice and grain-boundary diffusion. Due to the large interfacial energy between sulfide melt and silicates, sulfide melts are unable to separate from solid silicate via grain-boundary percolation and remain stranded in isolated melt pockets. Sulfide melt in excess of the critical melt fraction (5--25%) will develop a transient interconnectivity as sulfide collects into larger melt pockets and interconnectivity is pinched off. Efficient separation of core-forming sulfide melts from silicate requires either melting of the silicate matrix or a very large fraction of metal-sulfide melt (perhaps as large as 40%).

  19. Ross ice shelf cavity circulation, residence time, and melting: Results from a model of oceanic chlorofluorocarbons

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    Holland, David

    chlorofluorocarbons Tasha E. Reddy a,b,Ã, David M. Holland b , Kevin R. Arrigo a a Department of Environmental Earth Basal melt Chlorofluorocarbons Ocean circulation Residence time Ventilation a b s t r a c t Despite their harmful effects in the upper atmosphere, anthropogenic chlorofluorocarbons dissolved in seawater

  20. Pitted rock surfaces on Mars: A mechanism of formation by transient melting of snow and ice

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    Marchant, David R.

    stable upland zone of the Antarctic Dry Valleys; these form by very localized chemical weathering due conditions (e.g., perihelion), could cause melting and the type of locally enhanced chemical weathering, differential weathering of minerals and clasts, salt weathering, waterassisted chemical weath- ering

  1. Melting analysis on microbeads in rapid temperature-gradient inside microchannels for single nucleotide polymorphisms detectiona)

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    Li, Kan-Chien; Ding, Shih-Torng; Lin, En-Chung; Wang, Lon (Alex); Lu, Yen-Wen

    2014-01-01

    A continuous-flow microchip with a temperature gradient in microchannels was utilized to demonstrate spatial melting analysis on microbeads for clinical Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) genotyping on animal genomic DNA. The chip had embedded heaters and thermometers, which created a rapid and yet stable temperature gradient between 60?°C and 85?°C in a short distance as the detection region. The microbeads, which served as mobile supports carrying the target DNA and fluorescent dye, were transported across the temperature gradient. As the surrounding temperature increased, the fluorescence signals of the microbeads decayed with this relationship being acquired as the melting curve. Fast DNA denaturation, as a result of the improved heat transfer and thermal stability due to scaling, was also confirmed. Further, each individual microbead could potentially bear different sequences and pass through the detection region, one by one, for a series of melting analysis, with multiplex, high-throughput capability being possible. A prototype was tested with target DNA samples in different genotypes (i.e., wild and mutant types) with a SNP location from Landrace sows. The melting temperatures were obtained and compared to the ones using a traditional tube-based approach. The results showed similar levels of SNP discrimination, validating our proposed technique for scanning homozygotes and heterozygotes to distinguish single base changes for disease research, drug development, medical diagnostics, agriculture, and animal production. PMID:25553186

  2. Development of ice slurry for cold storage of foods in wide temperature range

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    Matsumoto, Koji; Kaneko, Atsushi; Teraoka, Yoshikazu; Igarashi, Yoshito

    In order to popularize use of ice slurry, authors have been proposed application of ice slurry to cold storage of foods in place of an air conditioning. For use of the ice slurry in the wide temperature range a new harmless ice slurry to human being was developed by cooling a W/O emulsion made from tap water-edible oil mixture with small amounts of edible emulsifier and food additive. The edible emulsifier is essential to form W/O emulsion, and the food additive is used to dissolve in tap water. In this paper the optimal concentrations of emulsifiers were determined, and the fundamental characteristics such as viscosity, effective latent heat of fusion and usable temperature of ice slurry were clarified. Finally, it was concluded that new ice slurry could be fully applied to cold storage of foods in the wide temperature range because its lower limit usable temperature was about -18°C.

  3. Trace element analyses of spheres from the melt zone of the Greenland ice cap using synchrotron x ray fluorescence

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    Chevallier, P.; Jehanno, C.; Maurette, M.; Sutton, S.R.; Wang, J.

    1987-01-01

    Synchrotron x-ray fluorescence spectra of unpolished iron and chondritic spheres extracted from sediments collected on the melt zone of the Greenland ice cap allow the analysis of Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, Pb, and Se with minimum detection limits on the order of several parts per million. All detected elements are depleted relative to chondritic abundance with the exception of Pb, which shows enrichments up to factor of 500. An apparent anticorrelation between the Ni-content and trace element concentration was observed in both types of spherules. The fractionation patterns of the iron and chondritic spheres are not complmementary and consequently the two iron spheres examined in this study are unlikely to result from the ejection of globules of Fe/Ni from parent chondritic micrometeoroids. 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Trace element analyses of spheres from the melt zone of the Greenland ice cap using synchrotron X ray fluorescence

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    Chevallier, P.; Wang, J.; Jehanno, C.; Maurette, M.; Sutton, S. R.

    1986-01-01

    Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence spectra of unpolished iron and chondritic spheres extracted from sediments collected on the melt zone of the Greenland ice cap allow the analysis of Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, Pb, and Se with minimum detection limits on the order of several parts per million. All detected elements are depleted relative to chondritic abundance with the exception of Pb, which shows enrichments up to a factor of 500. An apparent anticorrelation between the Ni-content and trace element concentration was observed in both types of spherules. The fractionation patterns of the iron and chondritic spheres are not complementary and consequently the two iron spheres examined in this study are unlikely to result from ejection of globules of Fe/Ni from parent chondritic micrometeoroids.

  5. The influence of Greenland ice sheet melting on the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation during past and future warm periods: a model study

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    Blaschek, M.; Bakker, P.; Renssen, H.

    2015-04-01

    The sensitivity of the climate system to changes in radiative forcing is crucial for our understanding of past and future climates. Especially important are feedbacks related to melting of ice sheets like the Greenland ice sheet (GIS) and its potential impact on the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). These effects are likely to delay and dampen predicted long-term warming trends. Estimates of climate sensitivity may be deduced from palaeoclimate-reconstructions, but this raises the question whether past climate sensitivity is applicable to the future. Therefore we have analysed the impact of GIS melt water on the AMOC strength in two past warm climates (last interglacial and early present interglacial) and three future scenarios with three different model parameter sets. These model parameter sets represent three different model sensitivities to freshwater perturbation: low, moderate and high. In both the moderate and high sensitivity versions, we find for lower GIS melt rates (below 54 mSv, Sv = 106 m3/s) a clear difference between past and future warm climates in the sensitivity of the AMOC to GIS melt. This difference is connected to the convective activity in the Labrador Sea and the amount of additional surface freshening due to sea ice melting. In contrast, for higher GIS melt rates (over 54 mSv) we find similar reductions of the AMOC strength in all cases. Considering the low sensitivity version of our model, we find that for all GIS melt rates the influence of freshwater forcing on the AMOC is independent of the background climate. Our results and implications are thus strongly determined by the parameter set considered in our model. Nonetheless, our results from two out of three model versions suggest that proxy-based reconstructions of past AMOC sensitivity to GIS melt are likely to be misleading if interpreted for future applications.

  6. Influence of Point Defects on the Shear Elastic Coefficients and on the Melting Temperature of Copper

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    Kanigel, Amit; Adler, Joan; Polturak, Emil

    We present molecular dynamics simulations of the influence of point defects on the shear elastic properties of copper. We find that vacancies do not influence these properties at all, while the introduction of interstitials causes a large reduction of the elastic coefficients. The simulations establish a phase diagram of the melting temperature as a function of the density of interstitials. A crystal having no free surface undergoes bulk mechanical melting as a result of the vanishing of C'?(C11-C12)/2 once the specific volume reaches a critical value, equal to the experimental volume of liquid phase. This critical volume is history independent, in the sense that it does not depend on whether is it reached by heating the crystal or by adding defects at a constant temperature. These results generalize the Born model of melting for the case where point defects are present.

  7. Effect of the potential melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the Meridional Overturning Circulation and global climate in the future

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    Han, Weiqing

    warming and could be related to elevated atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Here, we use of atmospheric greenhouse gas levels could induce a weak- ening of the MOC (e.g., Manabe and Stouffer, 1994; HuEffect of the potential melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the Meridional Overturning

  8. Modeling the summertime evolution of sea-ice melt ponds rsted-DTU, Electromagnetic Systems, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

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    Feltham, Daniel

    ] During winter, Arctic sea ice is covered by snow creating a highly uniform reflective layer, precipitation, and solar radiation [Derksen et al., 1996; Papakyriakou, 1999]. The snow cover melts more or less of several centimeters to more than a meter deep [Eicken, 1994]. [3] Laxon et al. [2003] used data from radar

  9. Gullies on Mars: Origin by Snow and Ice Melting and Potential for Life Based on Possible Analogs from Devon Island, High Arctic

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    Lee, Pascal; Cockell, Charles S.; McKay, Christopher P.

    2004-01-01

    Gullies on Devon Island, High Arctic, which form by melting of transient surface ice and snow covers and offer morphologic and contextual analogs for gullies reported on Mars are reported to display enhancements in biological activity in contrast to surrounding polar desert terrain.

  10. Time and space variability of freshwater content, heat content and seasonal ice melt in the Arctic Ocean from 1991 to 2011

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    Korhonen, M.; Rudels, B.; Marnela, M.; Wisotzki, A.; Zhao, J.

    2013-12-01

    Changes in the hydrography of the Arctic Ocean have recently been reported. The upper ocean has been freshening and pulses of warm Atlantic Water have been observed to spread into the Arctic Ocean. Although these changes have been intensively studied, salinity and temperature variations have less frequently been considered together. Here hydrographic observations, obtained by icebreaker expeditions conducted between 1991 and 2011, are analyzed and discussed. Five different water masses in the upper 1000 m of the water column are examined in five sub-basins of the Arctic Ocean. This allows for studying the variations of the distributions of the freshwater and heat contents in the Arctic Ocean not only in time but also laterally and vertically. In addition, the seasonal ice melt contribution is separated from the permanent, winter, freshwater content of the Polar Mixed Layer. Because the positions of the icebreaker stations vary between the years, the icebreaker observations are at each specific point in space and time compared with the Polar Science Center Hydrographic Climatology to separate the effects of space and time variability on the observations. The hydrographic melt water estimate is discussed and compared with the potential ice melt induced by atmospheric heat input estimated from the ERA-Interim and NCEP/NCAR reanalyses. After a period of increased salinity in the upper ocean during the 1990s, both the Polar Mixed Layer and the upper halocline have been freshening. The increase in freshwater content in the Polar Mixed Layer is primarily driven by a decrease in salinity, not by changes in Polar Mixed Layer depth, whereas the freshwater is accumulating in the upper halocline mainly through the increasing thickness of the halocline. This is especially evident in the Northern Canada Basin, where the most substantial freshening is observed. The warming, and to some extent also the increase in salinity, of the Atlantic Water during the early 1990s extended from the Nansen Basin into the Amundsen and Makarov basins, while the warm and saline inflows occurring during the 2000s appear to be confined to the Nansen Basin, suggesting that the warm and saline inflow through Fram Strait largely recirculates in the Nansen Basin.

  11. A model of melt pond evolution on sea ice P. D. Taylor and D. L. Feltham

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    Feltham, Daniel

    properties, and a parameterization of the summertime evolution of optical properties, is used. Heat transport alloy (salt water). The model is tested by comparison of numerical simulations with SHEBA data and Curry, 1993], alter the physical and optical properties of sea ice [Maykut, 1996; Perovich et al., 2002

  12. Predictions Implicit in "Ice Melt" Paper and Global Implications 21 September 2015

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    Hansen, James E.

    2015-16 El Nino gives a temporary boost to global warming in this push and shove match, as El Nino tends to warm the Southern Ocean and reduce sea ice. Therefore, our prediction is that, as the El Nino during the next several years. The effect of El Nino is considered further below, but first let us

  13. Predictions Implicit in "Ice Melt" Paper and Global Implications 12 October 2015

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    Hansen, James E.

    Nino gives a temporary boost to global warming in this push and shove match, as El Nino tends to warm the Southern Ocean and reduce sea ice. Therefore, our prediction is that, as the El Nino fades, Southern Ocean. The effect of El Nino is considered further below, but first let us comment on North Atlantic cooling

  14. The Melting of Greenland William H. Lipscomb

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    Born, Andreas

    ). AnAn ice capice cap is a mass of glacier ice smaller than 50,000 kmis a mass of glacier ice smaller is negligibleSurface melting is negligible Antarctic ice thicknessAntarctic ice thickness (British Antarctic of the Greenland iceMuch of the Greenland ice sheet may have meltedsheet may have melted Greenland minimum extent

  15. Characterization of Superhydrophobic Surfaces for Anti-icing in a Low-Temperature Wind Tunnel

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    Swarctz, Christopher; Alijallis, Elias; Hunter, Scott Robert; Simpson, John T; Choi, Chang-Hwan

    2010-01-01

    In this study, a closed loop low-temperature wind tunnel was custom-built and uniquely used to investigate the anti-icing mechanism of superhydrophobic surfaces in regulated flow velocities, temperatures, humidity, and water moisture particle sizes. Silica nanoparticle-based hydrophobic coatings were tested as superhydrophobic surface models. During tests, images of ice formation were captured by a camera and used for analysis of ice morphology. Prior to and after wind tunnel testing, apparent contact angles of water sessile droplets on samples were measured by a contact angle meter to check degradation of surface superhydrophobicity. A simple peel test was also performed to estimate adhesion of ice on the surfaces. When compared to an untreated sample, superhydrophobic surfaces inhibited initial ice formation. After a period of time, random droplet strikes attached to the superhydrophobic surfaces and started to coalesce with previously deposited ice droplets. These sites appear as mounds of accreted ice across the surface. The appearance of the ice formations on the superhydrophobic samples is white rather than transparent, and is due to trapped air. These ice formations resemble soft rime ice rather than the transparent glaze ice seen on the untreated sample. Compared to untreated surfaces, the icing film formed on superhydrophobic surfaces was easy to peel off by shear flows.

  16. Development of a Climate-Data Record of the Surface Temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet (Invited)

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    Hall, D. K.; Comiso, J. C.; Digirolamo, N. E.; Shuman, C. A.

    2010-12-01

    To quantify the ice-surface temperature (IST) we are developing a climate-data record (CDR) of monthly IST of the Greenland ice sheet, from 1982 to the present using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data at 5-km resolution. “Clear-sky” surface temperature increases have been measured from the early 1980s to the early 2000s in the Arctic using AVHRR data, showing increases ranging from 0.57±0.02 (Wang and Key, 2005) to 0.72±0.10 deg C per decade (Comiso, 2006). Arctic warming has implications for ice-sheet mass balance because much of the periphery of the ice sheet is near 0 deg C in the melt season and is thus vulnerable to more extensive melting (Hanna et al., 2008). The algorithm used for this work has a long history of measuring IST in the Arctic with AVHRR (Key and Haefliger, 1992). The data are currently available from 1981 to 2004 in the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder (APP) dataset (Fowler et al., 2000). J. Key/NOAA modified the AVHRR algorithm for use with MODIS (Hall et al., 2004). The MODIS algorithm is now being processed over Greenland. Issues being addressed in the production of the CDR are: time-series bias caused by cloud cover, and cross-calibration between AVHRR and MODIS instruments. Because of uncertainties, time series of satellite ISTs do not necessarily correspond with actual surface temperatures. The CDR will be validated by comparing results with in-situ (see Koenig and Hall, in press) and automatic-weather station data (e.g., Shuman et al., 2001). References Comiso, J. C., 2006: Arctic warming signals from satellite observations, Weather, 61(3): 70- 76. Fowler, C. et al., 2000: updated 2007. AVHRR Polar Pathfinder Twice-daily 5 km EASE-Grid Composites V003, [used dates from 2000 - 2004], Boulder, CO: NSIDC. Digital media. Hall, D.K., J.Key, K.A. Casey, G.A. Riggs and D. J. Cavalieri, 2004: Sea ice surface temperature product from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), IEEE TGRS, 42(5):1076-1087. Hanna, E., P. Huybrechts, K. Steffen, J. Cappelen, R. Huff, C.A. Shuman, T. Irvine-Fynn and S. Wise, 2008: Increased runoff from melt from the Greenland Ice Sheet: a response to global warming? J. Climate, vol. 21(2):331-341. Key, J., and M. Haefliger, 1992: Arctic ice surface temperature retrieval from AVHRR thermal channels, JGR, 97:5885-5893. Koenig, L.S. and D.K. Hall, in press: Comparison of satellite, thermochron and station temperatures at Summit, Greenland, during the winter of 2008-09, J. Glaciol. Shuman, C.A., K. Steffen, J.E. Box and C.R. Stearns, 2001: A dozen years of temperature observations at the Summit: Central Greenland automatic weather stations 1987-1999, JAM, 40(4):741-752. Wang, X., and J. Key, 2005: Arctic surface, cloud, and radiation properties based on the AVHRR Polar Pathfinder data set. Part II: Recent trends, J. Climate, 18, 2575- 2593.

  17. Doped colloidal artificial spin ice

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    Libál, A.; Olson Reichhardt, C. J.; Reichhardt, C.

    2015-10-01

    We examine square and kagome artificial spin ice for colloids confined in arrays of double-well traps. Unlike magnetic artificial spin ices, colloidal and vortex artificial spin ice realizations allow creation of doping sites through double occupation of individual traps. We find that doping square and kagome ice geometries produces opposite effects. For square ice, doping creates local excitations in the ground state configuration that produce a local melting effect as the temperature is raised. In contrast, the kagome ice ground state can absorb the doping charge without generating non-ground-state excitations, while at elevated temperatures the hopping of individual colloids is suppressed near the doping sites. These results indicate that in the square ice, doping adds degeneracy to the ordered ground state and creates local weak spots, while in the kagome ice, which has a highly degenerate ground state, doping locally decreases the degeneracy and creates local hard regions.

  18. Ice friction: Role of non-uniform frictional heating and ice premelting.

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    Persson, B N J

    2015-12-14

    The low friction of ice is usually attributed to the formation of a thin water film due to melting of ice by frictional heating. Melting of ice is a first order phase transition where physical quantities like mass density, the elastic modulus or the shear strength changes abruptly at the transition temperature. Thus, one may expect the friction coefficient to change abruptly at some characteristic sliding speed, when the melt water film is produced. We show that taking into account that, due to non-uniform frictional heating, melting does not occur simultaneously in all the ice contact regions, the transition is not abrupt but still more rapid (as a function of sliding speed) than observed experimentally. The slower than expected drop in the friction with increasing sliding speed may be a consequence of the following paradoxical phenomena: before the melt-water film is formed, the friction of ice is high and a large frictional heating occur which may result in the melting of the ice. If a thin (nanometer) water film would form, the friction becomes low which results in small frictional heating and the freezing of the water film. This suggests a region in sliding speed where a thin (nanometer) surface layer of the ice may be in a mixed state with small ice-like and water-like domains, which fluctuate rapidly in space and time. Alternatively, and more likely, heat-softening of the ice may occur resulting in a thin, statistically homogeneous (in the lateral direction) layer of disordered ice, with a shear strength which decreases continuously as the ice surface temperature approaches the bulk melting temperature. This layer could be related to surface premelting of ice. Using a phenomenological expression for the frictional shear stress, I show that the calculated ice friction is in good agreement with experimental observations. PMID:26671390

  19. PUBLISHED ONLINE: 8 NOVEMBER 2009 | DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS1438 Melting temperature of diamond at

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    Loss, Daniel

    LETTERS PUBLISHED ONLINE: 8 NOVEMBER 2009 | DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS1438 Melting temperature of diamond be `diamonds in the sky' in 1981 (ref. 1), the idea of significant quantities of pure carbon existing in giant the evolution and structure of such planets4 . Still, one of the most defining of thermal properties for diamond

  20. Pre-heated MgO Shock Temperature Experiments Require a Hot Melting Curve

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    Asimow, P. D.; Fat'yanov, O. V.

    2011-12-01

    MgO is a critical end member for lower mantle phase relations, yet its melting curve is highly controversial. Experimental studies are divergent: a very cold curve from laser-heated DAC [1], a very hot curve from large-volume press study of the MgO-FeO binary loop [2]. Both must be extrapolated upwards to lower mantle pressure (P). Also, despite ab initio and molecular dynamics studies [3-7] span the range between experimental extremes (Figure 1). The melting temperature (T) of MgO helps determine whether lower mantle minimum melts are silicate- or oxide-rich,