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An Annual Cycle of Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean Interactions Using Autonomous Gliders and Moorings

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The Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic Departmental Research Initiative SODA DRI, funded by the Office of Naval Research ONR, was motivated by the need to understand how the changing Arctic sea ice environment impacts ocean stratification and circulation, sea ice evolution, and the marine acoustic environment. SODA is a highly collaborative project involving over 25 principal investigators from more than a dozen institutions Lee et al., 2016, 2017. The programs science objectives aim to quantify and understand the processes affecting buoyancy, momentum, and heat within the upper-ocean. To do this, the team utilized a series of autonomous instruments to measure key atmospheric, oceanographic and sea ice parameters over an annual cycle. Together, this coordinated array of instrumentation aims to elucidate the impact of changing sea ice properties on momentum and heat transfer from the atmosphere to the upper-ocean.


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  • Snow, Ice and Permafrost
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Atmospheric Physics

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