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On coherent ice drift features in the southern Beaufort sea.

Lukovich, Jennifer Verlaine; Bélanger, Claude; Barber, David G.; Gratton, Yves (2014). On coherent ice drift features in the southern Beaufort sea. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers , vol. 92 . p. 56-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2014.05.013.

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Previous studies have highlighted reversals in the Beaufort Gyre on regional scales during summer months, and more recently, throughout the annual cycle. In this study we investigate coherent ice drift features associated with individual ice beacons during winter 2008 that may be a signature of ice-coast interactions, atmospheric and/or oceanic forcing. Examined in particular are three case studies associated with reversals in ice beacon trajectories in January and April of 2008; case I corresponds to a meander reversal event in January, case II to a loop reversal event in April, and case III to a meander reversal event located to the northeast of the Mackenzie Canyon in April. An assessment of atmospheric and oceanic conditions during these reversal events shows enhanced ocean-sea-ice-atmosphere dynamical coupling during the Case I meander reversal event in January and comparatively weak coupling during the Case II loop and Case III meander reversal event in April. Absolute (single-particle/beacon) and relative (two-particle/beacon) dispersion results demonstrate dominant meridional ice drift displacement and inter-beacon separation for Case I relative to Cases II and III indicative of ice-ice and ice-coast interactions in January. The results from this investigation provide an ice drift case study analysis relevant to, and template for, high-resolution sea ice dynamic modeling studies essential for safety and hazard assessments of transportation routes and shipping lanes, ice forecasting, and nutrient and contaminant transport by sea ice in the Arctic.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: sea ice dynamics; ice drift reversals; ocean–sea-ice–atmosphere dynamical coupling; Lagrangian dispersion statistics; IPY case studies in the marginal ice zone (MIZ) of the southern Beaufort Sea
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 10 avr. 2018 20:17
Dernière modification: 10 avr. 2018 20:17
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/3624

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