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Atmospheric Profiles, Clouds and The Evolution of Sea Ice Cover in the Beaufort Sea: Atmospheric Observations and Modeling as Part of the Seasonal Ice Zone Reconnaissance Surveys
[Technical Report, Final Report]
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE
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The goal of this project is to examine the role of sea-ice and atmospheric interactions in the retreat of the SIZ. As sea ice retreats further, changes in lower atmospheric temperature, humidity, winds, and clouds are likely to result from changed sea ice concentrations and ocean temperatures. These changes in turn will affect the evolution of the SIZ. An appropriate representation of this feedback loop in models is critical if we want to advance prediction skill in the SIZ. To do so, we will conduct a combination of targeted measurements and modeling experiments as part of the atmospheric component of the Seasonal Ice Zone Reconnaissance Survey project SIZRS. Combined with oceanographic and sea ice components of the SIZRS project, this project provides a multi-year observational and modeling framework that advanced our understanding of the variability of the seasonal ice zone.
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