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Title: Accounting for clouds in sea ice models
Authors: Rossiĭskiĭ fond fundamentalʹnykh issledovaniĭ.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. Office of Naval Research.
Arkticheskiĭ i antarkticheskiĭ nauchno-issledovatelʹskiĭ institut (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Makshtas, Aleksandr P.
Andreas, Edgar L.
Svyashchennikov, Pavel N.
Timachev, Valery F.
Keywords: Cloud cover
Radiation balance
Surface heat budget
Longwave radiation
Polar regions
Sea ice
Issue Date: Dec-1998
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 98-9.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: Over sea ice in winter, the clouds, the surface-layer air temperature, and the longwave radiation are closely coupled. This report uses archived data from the Russian North Pole (NP) drifting stations and recent data from Ice Station Weddell (ISW) to investigate this coupling. Both Arctic and Antarctic distributions of total cloud amount are U-shaped: that is, observed cloud amounts are typically either 0–2 tenths or 8–10 tenths in the polar regions. These data obey beta distributions; roughly 70 station-years of observations from the NP stations yielded fitting parameters for each winter month. Although surface-layer air temperature and total cloud amount are correlated, it is not straightforward to predict one from the other, because temperature is normally distributed while cloud amount has a U-shaped distribution. Nevertheless, the report presents a statistical algorithm that can predict total cloud amount in winter from surface-layer temperature alone and, as required, produces a distribution of cloud amounts that is U-shaped. Because sea ice models usually need cloud data to estimate incoming longwave radiation, this algorithm may be useful for estimating cloud amounts and, thus, for computing the surface heat budget where no visual cloud observations are available but temperature is measured—from the Arctic buoy network or from automatic weather stations, for example. The incoming longwave radiation in sea ice models is generally highly parameterized. The report evaluates five common parameterizations using data from NP-25 and ISW. The formula for estimating incoming longwave radiation that König-Langlo and Augstein developed using both Arctic and Antarctic data has the best properties but does depend nonlinearly on total cloud amount. This nonlinearity is crucial since cloud distributions are U-shaped, while common sources of cloud data tabulate only mean monthly values. The report therefore closes by using a one-dimensional sea ice model to investigate how methods of averaging cloud amounts affect predicted sea ice thickness in the context of the five longwave radiation parameterizations.
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