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The role of springtime Arctic clouds in determining autumn sea ice extent
Description: Past research suggests the atmosphere in the Arctic influences the properties of sea ice during spring season, which in turn may influence sea ice concentrations in the fall. The role of clouds for this sea ice fall extent is complicated, especially because clouds both cool the surface by reflecting shortwave radiation upward and warm the surface by emitting longwave radiation downward. A new study confirms that previous research, suggesting spring clouds may be influencing arctic sea ice concentrations in the fall. [Source: NOAA Climate Program Office]
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Source: NOAA Climate Program Office
Publish Date: 7/8/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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