Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Research article
21 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 21 Feb 2018

Observations of brine plumes below melting Arctic sea ice

Algot K. Peterson


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AR by Algot K. Peterson on behalf of the Authors (30 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Dec 2017) by Eric J.M. Delhez
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (05 Jan 2018)
RR by Craig Stevens (09 Jan 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (10 Jan 2018) by Eric J.M. Delhez
AR by Algot K. Peterson on behalf of the Authors (17 Jan 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (22 Jan 2018) by Eric J.M. Delhez
Short summary
This study presents observations of brine descending from melting Arctic sea ice. The brine passed an under-ice turbulence instrument in plumes and was associated with very high heat fluxes. The salt flux indicates that the melting sea ice lost most of its salt content during the observations. The observations provide evidence of a desalination process not previously reported from drifting Arctic sea ice and is an important contribution to understanding ice–ocean interaction during melt.