The Geophysics of Sea Ice

Part of the series NATO ASI Series pp 825-991

The Seasonal Ice Zone

  • Peter WadhamsAffiliated withScott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

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The seasonal sea ice zone is defined as the area between the minimum and maximum seasonal ice limits plus the region of the ice margin that is significantly affected by the ice-ocean boundary. This definition includes almost all of the Antarctic ice cover, the ice in the marginal seas around the Arctic and the ice cover overlying the shelves of the Arctic Ocean itself. Such a vast area includes a very large number of ice types. We shall consider three main divisions: