Overview of the Arctic Sea State and Boundary Layer Physics Program

Jim Thomson, Stephen Ackley, Fanny Girard-Ardhuin, Fabrice Ardhuin, Alex Babanin, Guillaume Boutin, John Brozena, Sukun Cheng, Clarence Collins, Martin Doble, Chris Fairall, Peter Guest, Claus Gebhardt, Johannes Gemmrich, Hans C. Graber, Benjamin Holt, Susanne Lehner, Björn Lund, Michael H. Meylan, Ted MaksymFabien Montiel, Will Perrie, Ola Persson, Luc Rainville, W. Erick Rogers, Hui Shen, Hayley Shen, Vernon Squire, Sharon Stammerjohn, Justin Stopa, Madison M. Smith, Peter Sutherland, Peter Wadhams

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A large collaborative program has studied the coupled air-ice-ocean-wave processes occurring in the Arctic during the autumn ice advance. The program included a field campaign in the western Arctic during the autumn of 2015, with in situ data collection and both aerial and satellite remote sensing. Many of the analyses have focused on using and improving forecast models. Summarizing and synthesizing the results from a series of separate papers, the overall view is of an Arctic shifting to a more seasonal system. The dramatic increase in open water extent and duration in the autumn means that large surface waves and significant surface heat fluxes are now common. When refreezing finally does occur, it is a highly variable process in space and time. Wind and wave events drive episodic advances and retreats of the ice edge, with associated variations in sea ice formation types (e.g., pancakes, nilas). This variability becomes imprinted on the winter ice cover, which in turn affects the melt season the following year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8674-8687
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Arctic
  • autumn
  • Beaufort
  • flux
  • sea ice
  • waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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