Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Clim. Past, 15, 291–305, 2019

Special issue: PlioMIP Phase 2: experimental design, implementation and scientific...

Clim. Past, 15, 291–305, 2019

Research article 13 Feb 2019

Research article | 13 Feb 2019

Contribution of sea ice albedo and insulation effects to Arctic amplification in the EC-Earth Pliocene simulation

Jianqiu Zheng et al.

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This paper addresses two important issues with the EC-Earth Pliocene simulation, including the following: (1) quantification of albedo and insulation effects of Arctic sea ice on interface heat exchange and (2) an explanation as to why Arctic amplification in surface air temperature (SST) peaks in winter while there is maximum SST warming in summer. These issues provide potential implications for researching Arctic amplification and climate change.