Model Simulations

What are sea ice models used for?

The Arctic areas - ocean even more than land - are difficult to reach, for several winter months not at all. Instruments must be able to work at very low temperatures. These are all reasons which limit research on site. It is complex, expensive and potentially dangerous.

With models one can perform theoretical experiments that would be impossible in reality. By using models you can look to some extent, into the future.

One can analyze processes in minute detail thus gaining a deeper insight. Additionally, the work takes place in the office and is comparatively cheap despite the use of mainframe computers.