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ESD | Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 10, 121-133, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-10-121-2019
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Earth Syst. Dynam., 10, 121-133, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-10-121-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 21 Feb 2019

Research article | 21 Feb 2019

The role of moisture transport for precipitation in the inter-annual and inter-daily fluctuations of the Arctic sea ice extension

Luis Gimeno-Sotelo et al.
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Ice melting at the scale of inter-annual fluctuations against the trend is favoured by an increase in moisture transport in summer, autumn, and winter and a decrease in spring. On a daily basis extreme humidity transport increases the formation of ice in winter and decreases it in spring, summer, and autumn; in these three seasons it thus contributes to Arctic sea ice melting. These patterns differ sharply from that linked to decline, especially in summer when the opposite trend applies.
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