Bonnie Light

Selected Projects

  • Light, B. 2015

    Light, B., S. Dickinson, D. K. Perovich, and M. M. Holland (2015), Evolution of summer Arctic sea ice albedo in CCSM4 simulations: Episodic summer snowfall and frozen summers, J. Geophys. Res., 120, 284–303, doi:10.1002/2014JC010149

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Selected Publications

  • Light, B., Smith, M.M., Perovich, D.K., Webster, M., Holland, M., Linhardt, F., Raphael, I.A., Clemens-Sewall, D., MacFarlane, A., Anhaus, P., & D. Bailey (2022), Arctic sea ice albedo: spectral composition, spatial heterogeneity, and temporal evolution observed during the MOSAiC drift, Elementa: Sci. of the Anthro., 10(1) doi:10.1525/elementa.2021.000103.

  • Hill, V., Light, B., Steele, M., & Sybrandy, A. L., Contrasting sea-ice algae blooms in a changing Arctic documented by autonomous drifting buoys. J. Geophys. Res.: Oceans, 127, e2021JC017848, doi:10.1029/2021JC017848, 2022.

  • Smith, M.M., Albedyll, L.v., Raphael, I., Lange, B., Matero, I., Salganik, E., Webster, M., Granskog, M.A., Fong, A., Lei, R., & B. Light (2022), Quantifying false bottoms and under-ice meltwater layers beneath Arctic summer sea ice with fine-scale observations, Elementa: Sci. of the Anthro. 10(1) doi:10.1525/elementa.2021.000116.

  • Webster, M., Holland, M., Wright, N.C., Hendricks, S., Hutter, N., Itkin, P., Light, B., Linhardt, F., Perovich, D.K., Raphael, I.A., Smith, M.M., Albedyll, L.v., & J. Zhang (2022), Spatiotemporal evolution of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice: MOSAiC observations and model results, Elementa: Sci. of the Anthro. 10, doi:10.1525/elementa.2021.000072.

  • Holland, M.M., Clemens-Sewall, D., Landrum, D., Light, B., Perovich, D., Polashenski, C., Smith, M., & M. Webster (2021), The influence of snow on sea ice as assessed from simulations of CESM2, The Cryosphere, doi:10.5194/tc-2021-174.

  • Perovich, D., Smith, M., Light B., & M. Webster (2021), Meltwater sources and sinks for multiyear Arctic sea ice in summer, The Cryosphere. doi:10.5194/tc-2021-114.

  • Mudge, M.C., Nunn, B.L., Firth, E., Ewert, M., Hales, K., Fondrie, W.E., Noble, W.S., Toner, J., Light, B., and Junge, K.A. (2021), Subzero, saline incubations of Colwellia psychrerythraea reveal strategies and biomarkers for sustained life in extreme icy environments. Environ Microbiol, 23: 3840-3866, doi:10.1111/1462-2920.15485.

  • Frantz, C.M., Light, B., Farley, S.M., Carpenter, S., Lieblappen, R., Courville, Z., Orellana, M.V., and Junge, K.: Physical and optical characteristics of heavily melted “rotten” Arctic sea ice, The Cryosphere, 13, 775-793, doi:10.5194/tc-13-775-2019, 2019.
  • Zhang, J., A. Schweiger, M. Webster, B. Light, M. Steele, C. Ashjian, R. Campbell, and Y. Spitz, Melt pond conditions on declining Arctic sea ice over 1979-2016: Model development, validation, and resultsJ. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 123, doi:10.1029/2018JC014298, 2018.

  • Hill, V.J., B. Light, M., Steele, & R.C. Zimmerman, Light availability and phytoplankton growth beneath Arctic sea ice: Integrating observations and modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, 36513667, doi:10.1029/2017JC013617, 2018.

  • Zatko, M., Erbland, J., Savarino, J., Geng, L., Easley, L., Schauer, A., Bates, T., Quinn, P. K., Light, B., Morison, D., Osthoff, H.D., Lyman, S., Neff, W., Yuan, B., and Alexander, B. (2016), The magnitude of the snow-sourced reactive nitrogen flux to the boundary layer in the Uintah Basin, Utah, USA, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-320.

  • Carns, R.C., Light, B. and Warren, S.G. (2016), The spectral albedo of sea ice and salt crusts on the tropical ocean of Snowball Earth: II. Optical modeling, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011804.

  • Light, B., Carns, R. C. and Warren, S. G. (2016), The spectral albedo of sea ice and salt crusts on the tropical ocean of Snowball Earth: I. Laboratory measurements. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011803.

  • Light, B., Perovich, D.K., Webster, M., Polashenski, C.M., & R. Dadic (2015), Optical properties of melting first-year Arctic sea ice, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, doi:10.1029/2015JC011163.

  • Toner, J.D., D.C. Catling, and B. Light (2015), A revised Pitzer model for low-temperature soluble salt assemblages at the Phoenix site, Mars, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 166, 327–343, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2015.06.011.

  • Polashenski, C., D. K. Perovich, K. E. Frey, L. W. Cooper, C. I. Logvinova, R. Dadic, B. Light, H. P. Kelly, L. D. Trusel, and M. Webster (2015), Physical and morphological properties of sea ice in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas during the 2010 and 2011 NASA ICESCAPE missions, Deep. Res. Part II Top. Stud. Oceanogr., 118, 7–17, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.04.006.

  • Webster, M., Rigor, I.G., Perovich, D.K., Richter-Menge, J.A., Polashenski, C.M., & B. Light (2015), Seasonal evolution of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, 5968–5982, doi:10.1029/2015JC011030.

  • Light, B., R.C. Carns, and S.G. Warren (2015), “Albedo dome”: a method for measuring spectral flux-reflectance in a laboratory for media with long optical paths, Appl. Opt., 54(17), 5260–5269, doi:10.1364/AO.54.005260.

  • Toner, J. D., D. C. Catling, and B. Light (2015), Modeling salt precipitation from brines on Mars : Evaporation versus freezing origin for soil salts, Icarus, 250, 451–461, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.12.013.

  • Light, B., S. Dickinson, D. K. Perovich, and M. M. Holland (2015), Evolution of summer Arctic sea ice albedo in CCSM4 simulations: Episodic summer snowfall and frozen summers, J. Geophys. Res., 120, 284–303, doi:10.1002/2014JC010149

  • Toner, J.D., Catling, D.C., Light, B., Soluble salts at the Phoenix Lander site, Mars: A reanalysis of the Wet Chemistry Laboratory data, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2014.03.030, 2014.

  • Toner, J. D., D. C. Catling, and B. Light (2014), The formation of supercooled brines, viscous liquids, and low-temperature perchlorate glasses in aqueous solutions relevant to Mars, Icarus, 233, 36–47, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.01.018.

  • Codispoti, L.A., V. Kelly, A. Thessen, P. Matrai, S. Suttles, V. Hill, M. Steele, and B. Light, Synthesis of primary production in the Arctic Ocean: III. Nitrate and phosphate based estimates of net community production, Prog. Oceanogr., 110, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2012.11.006, 2013.

  • Matrai, P.A., E. Olson, S. Suttles, V.J. Hill, L.A. Codispoti, B. Light, and M. Steele, Synthesis of primary production in the Arctic Ocean: I. Surface waters, 1954-2007, Prog. in Oceanogr., 110, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2012.11.004, 2013.

  • Goldenson, N., S.J. Doherty, C.M, Bitz, M.M. Holland, B. Light, and A.J. Conley (2012), Arctic climate response to forcing from light-absorbing particles in snow and sea ice in CESM, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 12, 7903-7920, doi:10.5194/acp-12-7903-2012.

  • Holland, M.M., D.A. Bailey, B.P. Briegleb, B. Light, and E. Hunke.  Improved Sea Ice Shortwave Radiation Physics in CCSM4: The Impact of Melt Ponds and Aerosols on Arctic Sea Ice. Journal of Climate, Vol. 25, No. 5, March 2012: 1413-1430.

  • Frey, K. E.D. K. Perovich, and B. Light (2011), The spatial distribution of solar radiation under a melting Arctic sea ice coverGeophys. Res. Lett.38, L22501, doi:10.1029/2011GL049421.

  • Perovich, D.K., J.A. Richer-Menge, K.F. Jones, B. Light, B.C. Elder, C. Polashenski, D. Laroche, T. Markus, R. Lindsay (2011), Arctic sea-ice melt in 2008 and the role of solar heating, Ann. Glac., 57, 355-359, doi:10.3189/172756411795931714.

  • Perovich, D.K., K.F. Jones, B. Light, H. Eicken, T. Markus, J Stroeve, R. Lindsay (2011), Solar partitioning in a changing Arctic sea-ice cover, Ann. Glac., 52, 192-196, doi:10.3189/172756411795931543.

  • Light, B. (2010), Theoretical and observational techniques for estimating light scattering in first-year Arctic sea ice, invited contribution to Light Scattering Reviews, vol. 5, edited by A. Kokhanovsky, Springer-Praxis, Berlin.

  • Dadic, R., B. Light, and S. G. Warren, “Migration of air bubbles in ice under a temperature gradient, with application to ‘Snowball Earth’“, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D181258, doi:10.1029/2010JD0141., 2010.

  • Perovich, D.K., T.C. Grenfell, B. Light, et al.,’ Transpolar observations of the morphological properties of Arctic sea ice’, J. Geophys. Res., 114, 10.1029/2008JC004892, 2009.

  • Light, B., R. E. Brandt, and S. G. Warren,’ Hydrohalite in cold sea ice: Laboratory observations of single crystals, surface accumulations, and migration rates under a temperature gradient, with application to ‘Snowball Earth’‘, J. Geophys. Res., 114, C07018, doi:10.1029/2008JC005211, 2009.

  • Perovich, D. K., J. A. Richter-Menge, K. F. Jones, and B. Light,’ Sunlight, water, and ice: Extreme Arctic sea ice melt during the summer of 2007′, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L11501, doi:10.1029/2008GL034007, 2008.

  • Light, B.T.C. Grenfell, and D.K. Perovich (2008), Transmission and absorption of solar radiation by Arctic sea ice during the melt seasonJ. Geophys. Res.113, C03023, doi:10.1029/2006JC003977.

  • Briegleb, B. P. and B. Light, “A Delta-Eddington Multiple Scattering Parameterization for Solar Radiation in the Sea Ice Component of the Community Climate System Model“, NCAR/TN-472+STR, 100pp, 2007.

  • Perovich, D.K.B. LightH. EickenK.F. JonesK. Runciman, and S.V. Nghiem (2007), Increasing solar heating of the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas, 1979–2005: Attribution and role in the ice-albedo feedbackGeophys. Res. Lett.34, L19505, doi:10.1029/2007GL031480.

  • Huck, P., B. Light, H. Eicken, and M. Haller, Mapping sediment-laden sea ice in the Arctic using AVHRR remote-sensing data: Atmospheric correction and determination of reflectances as a function of ice type and sediment loadRemote Sensing of Environment, 107, 484-495, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.10.002, 2007.

  • Grenfell, T.C., B. Light, and D.K. Perovich (2006), Spectral transmission and implications for the partitioning of shortwave radiation in arctic sea ice, Annals of Glaciology, 44:1-6, doi:10.3189/172756406781811763.

  • Light, B., G.A. Maykut, and T.C. Grenfell,’ A temperature-dependent, structural-optical model of first-year sea ice’, J. Geophys. Res., 109, 10.1029/2003JC002164, 2004.

  • Perovich D. K., T. C. Grenfell, J. A. Richter-Menge, B. Light, W. B. Tucker III, and H. Eicken,’ Thin and thinner: Sea ice mass balance measurements during SHEBA,’, J. Geophys. Res., 108 (C3), 8050, doi:10.1029/2001JC001079, 2003.

  • Light, B., G.A. Maykut, and T.C. Grenfell,’ Effects of temperature on the microstructure of first-year Arctic sea ice’, J. Geophys. Res., 108, 10.1029/2001JC000887, 2003.

  • Light, B., G.A. Maykut, and T.C. Grenfell,’ A two-dimensional Monte Carlo model of radiative transfer in sea ice’, J. Geophys. Res., 108, 10.1029/2002JC001513, 2003.

  • Perovich, D.K.T.C. GrenfellB. Light, and P.V. HobbsSeasonal evolution of the albedo of multiyear Arctic sea iceJ. Geophys. Res.107(C10), 8044, doi:10.1029/2000JC0004382002.

  • Grenfell, T.C.B. Light, and M. SturmSpatial distribution and radiative effects of soot in the snow and sea ice during the SHEBA experimentJ. Geophys. Res.107(C10), doi:10.1029/2000JC0004142002.

  • Frey, K., H. Eicken, D.K. Perovich, T.C. Grenfell, B. Light, L.H. Shapiro, and A.P. Stierle (2001), Heat budget and decay of clean and sediment-laden sea ice off the northern coast of Alaska, Port and Ocean Eng. in the Arctic Conference (POAC’01) Proceedings (3), Ottawa, Canada, 1405-1412.

  • Perovich, D.K., T.C. Grenfell, B. Light, J.A. Richter-Menge, M. Sturm, W.B. Tucker III, H. Eicken, G.A. Maykut, and B. Elder (1999), SHEBA: Snow and Ice Studies CD-ROM.

  • Light, B.H. EickenG.A. Maykut, and T.C. Grenfell (1998), The effect of included participates on the spectral albedo of sea iceJ. Geophys. Res.103(C12), 2773927752, doi:10.1029/98JC02587.

  • Maykut, G.A. and B. Light (1995), Refractive-index measurements in freezing sea-ice and sodium chloride brines, Appl. Opt., 34, 950-961, doi:10.1364/AO.34.000950.

  • Welch, J.A., B. Light, G.L. Trusty, and T. H. Cosden (1991), A laser test set for the low-power atmospheric compensation experiment satellite, Rep. NRL-FR-9360, pp. 50, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC.