Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Model description paper
27 Feb 2018
Model description paper |  | 27 Feb 2018

The sea ice model component of HadGEM3-GC3.1

Jeff K. Ridley, Edward W. Blockley, Ann B. Keen, Jamie G. L. Rae, Alex E. West, and David Schroeder

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Short summary
The sea ice component of the Met Office coupled climate model, HadGEM3-GC3.1, is presented and evaluated. We determine that the mean state of the sea ice is well reproduced for the Arctic; however, a warm sea surface temperature bias over the Southern Ocean results in a low Antarctic sea ice cover.