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POLES Sea Ice Model Forcing Data Set

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Abstract: This data set provides atmospheric fields which can be used as forcing
fields for driving dynamic/thermodynamic sea ice models of the
Arctic Ocean.

Geostrophic winds are calculated from the twice daily IABP sea-level
pressures blended with the daily NCAR reanalysis
sea level pressures. The thermal forcing is calculated based on
Parkinson and Washington(1979) using IABP-POLES surface air
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: 60.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1979-01-01
Stop Date: 1996-12-31
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Originating Center
Data Center
Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington Supplemental Info
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Dataset ID: POLES Sea Ice Model Forcing Data Set.

Data Center Personnel
Email: zhang at
Contact Address:
University of Washington
Polar Science Center
Applied Physics Laboratory
1013 NE 40th Street
City: Seattle
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 98105
Country: USA
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-11-11
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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