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Coupling of Waves, Turbulence and Thermodynamics Across the Marginal Ice Zone
Oceanography Department, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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Detailed process studies of the MIZ are necessary to build accurate Arctic region ice-ocean-atmosphere numerical models. Streove et al. 2007 provide an example of the challenges of modeling the Arctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system - current global circulation models under predict the observed trend of declining sea ice area over the last decade. A potential explanation for this under-prediction is that models are missing important feedbacks within the ocean-ice system, particularly in late summer low ice concentration conditions. Results from the proposed research will contribute to improving the upper ocean and sea ice physics contained in regional and global circulation models.
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