Accession Number:

ADA617779

Title:

Wave Processes in Arctic Seas, Observed from TerraSAR-X

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

VICTORIA UNIV (BRITISH COLUMBIA) DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The reduction of the sea ice coverage during the boreal summer will lead to an increased importance of wind waves for the dynamic processes of the Arctic Seas. The large ice free areas lead to longer fetch and thus longer and higher sea state. Wind waves will enhance upper ocean mixing, may affect the breakup of ice sheets , and will likely lead to increased coastal erosion. The primary long - term goal is a better understanding of the two - way interaction of waves and sea - ice, in order to improve wave models as well as ice models applicable to a changing Arctic wave - and ice climate. This includes observation and information retrieval from various data sources, in particular from spaceborne SAR imagery. Such retrieval methods of sea state in the MIZ will complement and validate model data for the spatial and temporal evolution of sea state in the MIZ.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Snow, Ice and Permafrost
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE