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SIMECH: Sea Ice Mechanics, from satellites to numerical models

SIMech proposes to develop a unique sea ice model based on a new rheology that will reproduce for the first time the brittle mechanical behaviour of the sea ice cover.

The Arctic region is currently experiencing rapid changes that are mainly driven by global warming. Over the last decade, we have observed a drastic shrinkage of the Arctic sea ice cover in summer accompanied by a spectacular thinning of mean thickness and an increased export of sea ice through the Fram Strait. These changes perturb the interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean and modify the Arctic climate.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Completed
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