Accession Number : AD1024598

Title :   Autonomous Observations of the Upper Ocean Stratification and Velocity Field about the Seasonally-Retreating Marginal Ice Zone

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Nov 2011,30 Sep 2016

Corporate Author : Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole

Personal Author(s) : Toole,John M ; Krishfield,Richard A ; Timmermans,Mary-Louise ; Cole,Aylvia T ; Thwaites,Fredrik T

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Report Date : 30 Dec 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : As a contribution to the Marginal Ice Zone DRI, this research element was designed to observe the seasonal evolution of the upper-ocean stratification, document the time-varying ocean currents and characterize the turbulent ice-ocean exchanges of heat, salt and momentum as the sea ice cover retreats poleward in spring/summer using Ice-Tethered Profilers with Velocity. A total of 5 systems were deployed for MIZ, programmed to acquire vertical profiles of upper-ocean temperature, salinity and horizontal velocity at 3 hour resolution, as well as direct vertical turbulent flux estimates from just below the ice-ocean interface several times per day. Results advance understanding of the Arctic air-ice-ocean system.

Descriptors :   marginal ice zones , arctic ocean , ocean currents , open water , stratification , SEASONs , heat exchangers , salts , momentum , ice , summer , spring season

Subject Categories : Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE