Project summary in a nutshell

The C-ICE Project, entitled 'Counteracting effect of future Antarctic sea-ice loss on projected increases of summer Monsoon rainfall' is funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the POLARPROG initiative. C-ICE brings cutting edge research to unravel details on the interaction between sea-ice and the atmosphere.

More specifically, we address three main scientific questions:
  • How do changes in Antarctic sea-ice cover affect the mid-latitude storm activity in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of heat and momentum transport?
  • How do the Hadley circulation and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) adjust in response to changes in southern mid-latitude heat and momentum transport during boreal summer?
  • Would a southward shift of the ITCZ in boreal summer manifest itself in a changed distribution of Indian Summer Monsoon rainfall?
The project is run by Uni Research Climate, one of the four members of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, in Bergen, Norway, and The Energy and Resources Institute, in New Delhi, India. Our main institutional partners are: the University of Bergen, the University of Reading, the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, and the British Antarctic Survey.

The main thesis we propose to investigate is that the Indian Summer Monsoon is sensitive to future Antarctic sea-ice loss, which will (at least partially) counteract the general tendency towards increased monsoon rainfall over India, and may contribute to increase its subseasonal variability.