Special Issue "Influence of Sea Surface Temperature on Sea Ice and Polar Climate Change"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Oceanography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Genrikh Alekseev
Guest Editor
Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Interests: arctic climate; arctic ocean; sea ice; ocean–atmosphere interaction; arctic amplification; effect of tropical sea surface temperature (SST) on arctic climate
Dr. Sergei Soldatenko
Guest Editor
Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Interests: atmospheric and ocean dynamics; climate change and variability; deterministic and stochastic dynamical systems; sensitivity analysis; climate risks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the manifestations of global warming is the increase in sea surface temperature (SST), which serves as a prominent indicator of climate change and the presence of sea ice. The climatic maximum of SST occurs at low latitudes, where the Earth receives the most solar radiation. The tropic areas of ocean also absorb the bulk of the additional heat flux due to the anthropogenic heating of the planet. Intensification of the ocean circulation under global warming contributes to the transport of warm ocean water from the tropics to the poles, thereby leading to the formation of positive anomalies in SST at high latitudes. Specific patterns are forming in SST fields, the changes in which represent the climatic fluctuations known as the Atlantic Oscillation, PDO, and El Nino/La Nino. These cause disturbances in the atmospheric circulation that are responsible for the occurrence of anomalies in the heat and water vapor transport from tropical areas to high latitudes, thus affecting the formation of sea ice cover. In winter, an increase in SST in areas near the edge of sea ice constrains its spread, contributes to an earlier onset of melting, and leads to an increase in the transport of heat and water vapor that increases the temperature at the ice surface and slows down the growth of ice thickness. All of these allow us to consider SST to be an important link in the evolution of the sea ice cover and an indicator of the influence of the ocean on climate warming and reduction of sea ice at high latitudes. The results of research in these areas will constitute the main content of this Special Issue. We welcome too studies that address gaps in our current knowledge, including those that are related to the ability of global climate models to reproduce anomalies of SST and their impact on high-latitude climates. We also welcome studies on the influence of SST climatic phenomena on sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic and on the difference between them, and the development of methods for predicting the state of sea ice with adjustment for SST.

Prof. Genrikh Alekseev
Dr. Sergei Soldatenko
Guest Editors

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  • sea surface temperature
  • sea ice
  • Arctic
  • Antarctic
  • Atlantic Oscillation
  • Pacific Decadal Oscillation
  • El Niño/La Niño
  • climate models
  • climate change and projection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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