Accession Number:

ADA126350

Title:

Surface Drifter Study - Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

66.0

Abstract:

Surface drifters were released in the Beaufort Sea near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska for two years 1979-82. The releases were made under the shorefast ice just prior to summer breakup of the ice and in leads in the pack ice. The drifter recoveries indicate that the winds play a significant role in the surface circulation during the open water season. A significant number of drifters beached onshore of their release sites. Preferred beaching areas are identified from the drifter recoveries. All these results indicate the strong possibility that oil released offshore in the Beaufort Sea will impact the North Alaska Coast.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE