Advances in Earth Science ›› 2010, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (1): 14-21. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2010.01.0014

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Review of Sea Ice Albedo Parameterizations

YANG Qinghua 1,2, ZHANG Zhanhai 3, LIU Jiping 4, WU Huiding 1,3, ZHANG Lin 1   

  1. 1.National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, Beijing100081, China;2.Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Hangzhou310012, China; 3.Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai200136, China; 4.State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modeling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing100029, China
  • Received:2009-07-06 Revised:2009-10-19 Online:2010-01-10 Published:2010-01-10
  • Contact: Qinghua Yang

YANG Qinghua, ZHANG Zhanhai, LIU Jiping, WU Huiding, ZHANG Lin. Review of Sea Ice Albedo Parameterizations[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2010, 25(1): 14-21.

Associated with global warming, the Arctic sea ice has been undergoing rapid changes for the three decades, including the decline of sea ice extent and thinning of sea ice thickness. As a result, the snow/sea ice-albedo positive feedback mechanism is becoming more and more important. Currently, a diversity of sea ice albedo parameterizations are used in climate system models and standalone sea ice models, ranging from simple to complex. In this paper, we reviewed previous studies on the evaluations of the snow/ice albedo parameterizations, and discussed some problems of the satellitederived surface albedo for the ice covered ocean. We put forward some ongoing issues related to further developments of the albedo parameterizations as climate warms, including melt ponds and leads. Also, we discussed the potential impacts of the lack of observational data on the development of the albedo parameterization.

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