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Sea Ice Floe Size Distribution in the Beaufort Sea Measured by ERS-1 SAR (abstract)

Show simple item record Holt, B. en_US Martin, S. en_US 2004-09-30T23:08:10Z 2004-09-30T23:08:10Z 1996-08-13 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Victoria, BC en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 96-1238 en_US
dc.description.abstract Model results indicate that understanding summer heat balance and freshwater balance in the polar oceans requires knowledge of how much goes into vertical and lateral sea ice melt. In addition to thickness, two of the key ice parameters that affect melt rate are ice concentration and floe size. Smaller ice floes and more open water enables more heat to go into lateral melt preferentially to vertical melt, thereby enhancing warming up the upper ocean and increasing stratification. Using ERS-1 SAR imagery along two areas, one in the Beaufort Sea and another in the Chukchi Sea, floe size distributions were obtained during the summer period in 1992. Comparisons will be made of floe distributions, together with meteorological and buoy measurements, to examine the differences between an ice sink region (Chukchi) and a multiyear ice region (Beaufort) in the summer melt process. en_US
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dc.subject.other ERS-1 SAR Beaufort Sea Chukchi Sea heat balance ice floes sea ice melt meteorology oceans en_US
dc.title Sea Ice Floe Size Distribution in the Beaufort Sea Measured by ERS-1 SAR (abstract) en_US

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