A Science Plan for a Summer Marginal Ice Zone Experiment in the Fram Strait/Greenland Sea: 1984
Hibbler, W.D. III
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This document describes a plan for a mesoscalel experimen to study the physical processes by which ice, water and atmosphere interact in the outermost parts of a polar icefield, the region known as the marginal ice zone (MIZ). During the last two decades a series of large projects culminating in the Arctic lee Dynamics Joint Experiment (AIDJEX, Pritchard 1980) yielded considerable understanding of the growth, motion and decay of sea ice in the interior of the Arctic Ocean. With these experiments concluded, and coupled nonlinear sea ice dynamic- thermodynamic models in hand (Hibler 1979, Coon 1980), attention shifted to the problem of understanding the processes which occur near the open ocean boundaries of polar icefields, and which determine the advance and retreat of the sea ice edge. The exchanges which take place in this zone affect hemispheric climate and have a significant effect on naval operation and commercial fisheries.