Re: SST constant on poles?

Subject: Re: SST constant on poles?
From: Erik Kluzek (
Date: Tue Aug 21 2001 - 11:30:05 MDT

On Tue, 21 Aug 2001, Xuguang Wang wrote:

> Dear ccm3 users,
> I just noticed from the file ccm/data/ that SST on Arctic and
> around Antarctic is constantly equal to -1.8 C. Could any of you give me
> some information why it is set in this way? Thanks a lot.

-1.8 is the flag used on the dataset to signal that the given grid-cell is
covered with sea-ice. When generating the datasets if sea-ice concentration is
greater than 50% the SST is set to -1.8 so that the code will then treat those
grid points as sea-ice. The "CCM description" gives more details on how the
sea-ice is taken care of in the model.

Erik Kluzek, (CGD at NCAR)
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder CO, (off) (303)497-1326 (fax) (303)497-1324
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