Predicting Arctic sea ice change
Interagency collaboration supports predictions of Arctic sea cover used by the U.S. Navy and other operational and research organizations.
Summer sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean shrunk significantly since the early 1980s, with particularly rapid declines in recent years. Arctic sea ice plays a key role in regulating weather and climate in and beyond the region, and projections of how sea ice cover will change in the coming years are critical for predicting
In 2016, a group of CICE users and primary developers founded the international CICE Consortium as a vehicle for collaboration as the community continues to use and improve the model. The Consortium formalizes an existing collaborative alliance among a large group of participating universities, government agencies, and affiliated institutions. By coordinating innovations in both model code and analysis tools and allowing a greater number of modeling groups and agencies to use and contribute to this scientific resource, the Consortium serves to accelerate the transfer of innovations in sea ice modeling research and operational applications.
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