A New Parameterisation of Frazil and Grease Ice Formation in a Climate Sea Ice Model
In contrast to the original frazil ice treatment in CICE which produces sea ice with only around 10% frazil ice fraction, the new model produces of order of 50% of frazil-derived sea ice, which corresponds better to observations. While the original model can be re-tuned in order to produce a similar average fraction of frazil ice by having a frazil collection thickness of 30 cm in the Antarctic and 5 cm in the Arctic, the new model's collection thickness is dynamically calculated, allowing for a larger collection thickness in large leads whereas the old model assumes it to be equal for wide and narrow leads. The new model keeps leads open for a longer period thus increasing the period of frazil ice formation. This is particularly important in the central Arctic where the new model's increased frazil ice production results in sea ice 0.5 m thicker than in the old model.