A mixed layer beneath melting sea ice in the marginal ice zone using a one-dimensional turbulent closure model
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
Copyright 1986 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (1978–2012)
Volume 91, Issue C4, pages 5054–5060, 15 April 1986
How to Cite
1986), A mixed layer beneath melting sea ice in the marginal ice zone using a one-dimensional turbulent closure model, J. Geophys. Res., 91(C4), 5054–5060, doi:10.1029/JC091iC04p05054.(
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 NOV 1985
- Manuscript Received: 19 SEP 1985
A level 2 second-order turbulent closure model is employed to study the surface mixed layer developing between sea ice and a relatively warmer background water in the marginal ice zone. The model is driven by a suddenly imposed ice-water stress and warming in the water. The mixed layer rapidly develops in 1 day and afterwards is gradually eroded at its bottom mainly by an inertial oscillation. The ice velocity is larger with the stronger stress, but the mixed layer is thicker. Hence the length scale of ice travel before complete melting is nearly independent of the ice-water stress. Higher temperature of the background water gives more heat to ice but produces a thinner mixed layer. The product of the travel distance and (the background temperature minus the freezing point) is larger for the warmer water. Heat flux through the ice due to atmospheric forcing is a minor mechanism for melting in the marginal ice zone.