Relations Among Recent Arctic Environmental Changes and Global Changes

Session ID#: 26442

Session Description:
In recent decades the Arctic environment that are now reaching critical levels. Arctic Ocean circulation, salinity, and temperature have changed and sea ice mass and extent have declined alarmingly. Mass loss of the Greenland ice sheet has accelerated. Now, 2016-2017 has seen record warm winter atmospheric temperatures, a record minimum amount of multiyear sea ice, and record minimum winter sea ice extent, setting the stage in summer 2017 for record minimum sea ice extent. These changes are partly forced by global-scale ocean/atmosphere changes. Conversely, Arctic changes affect global climate by modifying the radiative heat balance, the strength of the global overturning circulation, and the interaction between the ocean and Greenland ice sheet. This special US CLIVAR session will explore recent Arctic environmental changes and specifically their connections to global changes. The session will end with a panel discussion on ongoing and planned science initiative (e.g. CLIVAR, GRISO, NASA OMG).
Primary Convener:  James Morison, Polar Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States
Conveners:  Ron Kwok, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Program in Ocean Science & Engineering, Atlanta, GA, United States and Renellys C Perez, UM/CIMAS, Miami, FL, United States

  • A - Atmospheric Sciences
  • B - Biogeosciences
  • C - Cryosphere
  • OS - Ocean Sciences
Index Terms:

0750 Sea ice [CRYOSPHERE]
1621 Cryospheric change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
3349 Polar meteorology [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
4540 Ice mechanics and air/sea/ice exchange processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Julienne Christine Stroeve, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Alexander Robel, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States
James Morison, Polar Science Center, Seattle, WA, United States, Ron Kwok, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, Cecilia Peralta Ferriz, Applied Physics Laboratory University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, Suzanne Dickinson, Univ Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, David Morison, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, Roger Andersen, Polar Science Center, University of Washington, Seattle, United States and Sarah Dewey, Polar Science Ctr, Seattle, WA, United States