Melt Pond Conditions on Declining Arctic Sea Ice Over 1979–2016: Model Development, Validation, and Results

Jinlun Zhang, Axel Schweiger, Melinda Webster, Bonnie Light, Michael Steele, Carin Ashjian, Robert Campbell, Yvette Spitz
2018 Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans  
Main 3 points: (1) A melt pond distribution conservation equation is developed to simulate the evolution of Arctic sea ice melt ponds. (2) Simulated spatiotemporal variability of melt pond area fraction is generally in good agreement with satellite observations. (3) Melt pond area and volume on declining Arctic sea ice have changed little during the period 1979-2016.
doi:10.1029/2018jc014298 fatcat:phyw6gx4sjeovoopiqwww5brwa