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Title: MIZEX : a program for mesoscale air-ice-ocean interaction experiments in arctic marginal ice zones : VIII: a science plan for a winter marginal ice zone experiment in the Fram Strait
Authors: Davidson, Kenneth L.
Dyer, Ira
Horn, Dean A.
Johannessen, Ola M.
Mikhalevsky, Peter
Shuchman, Robert Allan
Squire, Vernon A.
Spindel, Robert
Keywords: Sea ice drift
Arctic regions
Marginal ice zone
April 1986
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: MIZEX bulletin.
Description: Special Report
From the Introduction: The present plan is motivated by the need to improve our understanding of the fundamentals of acoustic propagation, noise, and electromagnetic remote sensing in the winter marginal ice zone (MIZ). It is patently clear that a basic understanding of acoustics and remote sensing can best be sought via quantitative description and modeling of the relevant environmental dynamics of the MIZ. Hence the plan strongly emphasizes oceanography, ice dynamics, and meteorology. In fact, the latter disciplines must be deeply enough researched to resolve fundamental questions entailing air/ice/ocean interaction, heat and mass exchanges and balances, growth and decay of ice-edge eddies, and the like. The plan therefore is closely integrated and follows a natural progression encompassing the major physical disciplines. The plan is to conduct measurements in the Fram Strait-Greenland Sea region of the MIZ in 1987 and 1989, and is put forth in several levels of detail. This first section gives a general overview of the program and a plan for coordination and management. Section 2 expands the scientific objectives and presents a brief of the proposed operations. Section 3 expands the operational details for carrying out the research to achieve the stated scientific objectives. Section 4 introduces the logistic strategies and concepts to support the proposed field operations. This Science Plan will be the basis for a detailed Operations Plan for the proposed field operations in both 1987 and 1989. Any field research in the Arctic is by its nature difficult and costly, so it is no surprise that others who wish to research the Arctic would ask to be included. The Winter MIZEX plan is happily the focus of such requests—the appendices contain two such requests, for biological oceanography and geochemical oceanography. The possible inclusion of these and other interested disciplines will be dictated by the availability of ship space and other facilities.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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