Accession Number : ADA325882

Title :   Studies of Air-Sea-Ice Interaction.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 89-Sep 96,

Corporate Author : WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE POLAR SCIENCE CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Steele, Michael

PDF Url : ADA325882

Report Date : 16 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The long term objective of this research was to understand the role of surface heat and salt fluxes in the formation of Arctic Ocean water masses. These processes are of paramount importance in high latitude regions, where the presence of sea ice and the interplay between heat and salinity fluxes create a complex thermohaline environment. Our research combined the analysis of both observed data and model output. We analyzed conductivity temperature depth data taken by both surface and submarine ships in order to assess the generation and circulation of halocline waters in the Arctic Ocean. We also developed a numerical model of a summer lead in order to better parameterize melting processes in larger scale simulations.

Descriptors :   *SALINITY, *SEA ICE, THERMAL PROPERTIES, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, MELTING, HYDROGRAPHY, WATER MASSES, ARCTIC OCEAN.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE