Sea Ice Physics
What is the role of sea ice as an element of the climate system? Is sea ice an indicator for climate changes? Is it possible to conclude from changes in sea ice to climate changes? All these are questions that we aim to answer with our work in the sea-ice physics section. Another important field of questions is the role of sea ice and its interactions with the atmosphere and the ocean.
In order to obtain reliable answers to these questions of increasing importance, we are working on two complementary approaches: On one hand we are performing large-scale observations of sea-ice properties and on the other hand we use the obtained data sets for complex and comprehensive mathematical models and as a base for scientific hypothesis and prognoses.
Here we present how we are approaching our main questions and how these topics are related to different projects.