Call for Papers

Call for Papers for "Sea State and Boundary Layer Physics of the Emerging Arctic Ocean"

Submission acceptance begins: 01 June 2017
Submission deadline: 01 December 2017

Section Organizers:
Jim Thomson, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Ben Holt, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA
Vernon Squire, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Peter Wadhams, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Surface waves now have a much greater role in the contemporary Arctic Ocean. The specific focus of this issue is on the autumn of 2015, especially the freeze-up of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, which included strong storms and significant open water. Here, waves propagate through the ice pack and affect the evolution of sea ice over large scales. This large-scale pattern feeds back, as wave generation is controlled by the amount of open water fetch. At smaller scales, waves and ice interact to attenuate and scatter the waves while simultaneously fracturing ice into ever changing floe size and thickness distributions. Further complicating these processes are forcing by winds and surface fluxes from the ocean to the atmosphere, which are modulated by ice cover and orientation relative to the ice edge. The air-sea-ice interactions are complex, with momentum, energy, heat, gas, and moisture fluxes being moderated or produced by the waves, and impacting upper-ocean mixing.

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