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Ringeisen et al. 2023

Ringeisen, D., N. Hutter, and L. von Albedyll, 2023: Deformation lines in Arctic sea ice: Intersection angle distribution and mechanical properties. The Cryosphere, 17, no. 9, 4047-4061, doi:10.5194/tc-17-4047-2023.

Despite its relevance for the Arctic climate and ecosystem, modeling sea-ice deformation, i.e., the opening, shearing, and ridging of sea ice, along linear kinematic features (LKFs) remains challenging, as the mechanical properties of sea ice are not yet fully understood. The intersection angles between LKFs provide valuable information on the internal mechanical properties, as they are linked to them. Currently, the LKFs emerging from sea-ice rheological models do not reproduce the observed LKF intersection angles, pointing to a gap in the model physics. We aim to obtain an intersection angle distribution (IAD) from observational data to serve as a reference for high-resolution sea-ice models and to infer the mechanical properties of the sea-ice cover. We use the sea-ice vorticity to discriminate between acute and obtuse LKF intersection angles within two sea-ice deformation datasets: the RADARSAT Geophysical Processor System (RGPS) and a new dataset from the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) drift experiment. Acute angles dominate the IAD, with single peaks at 48°±2 and 45°±7. The IAD agrees well between both datasets, despite the difference in scale, time period, and geographical location. The divergence and shear rates of the LKFs also have the same distribution. The dilatancy angle (the ratio of shear and divergence) is not correlated with the intersection angle. Using the IAD, we infer two important mechanical properties of the sea ice: we found an internal angle of friction in sea ice of μ1=0.66±0.02 and μ1=0.75±0.05. The shape of the yield curve or the plastic potential derived from the observed IAD resembles a teardrop or a Mohr-Coulomb shape. With these new insights, sea-ice rheologies used in models can be adapted or redesigned to improve the representation of sea-ice deformation.

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  author={Ringeisen, D. and Hutter, N. and von Albedyll, L.},
  title={Deformation lines in Arctic sea ice: Intersection angle distribution and mechanical properties},
  journal={The Cryosphere},

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ID  - ri07010d
AU  - Ringeisen, D.
AU  - Hutter, N.
AU  - von Albedyll, L.
PY  - 2023
TI  - Deformation lines in Arctic sea ice: Intersection angle distribution and mechanical properties
JA  - The Cryosphere
VL  - 17
IS  - 9
SP  - 4047
EP  - 4061
DO  - 10.5194/tc-17-4047-2023
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