POLES Sea Ice Model Forcing Data SetEntry ID: POLES_SEAICE
Abstract: This data set provides atmospheric fields which can be used as forcing
fields for driving dynamic/thermodynamic sea ice models of the
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
... temperature data provided by I. Rigor.
Ocean velocity and heat flux are output from a coupled ice-ocean
model. The sea ice model is a multi-category thickness distribution
model and the ocean model is a 3D primitive equation model(see Zhang
There are two sets of files. One set contains the geostrophic winds,
the other the thermal forcing data.
The filenames are in the form: poles_frc_therm.
version refers to a version number. The data are flat binary files
(no headers) consisting of short integers. The data were written as
unformatted direct access files on an HP workstation using HP-UX
10.20.Byte order may have to be changed if you are using a machine
using a different byte order (e.g. DEC, ooops Compac machines). A
Fortran program demonstrating how to read the data is provided.
The specific structure of the data set should be apparent from that program.
Start Date: 1979-01-01Stop Date: 1996-12-31
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > HUMIDITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > WATER VAPOR
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > CONVERGENCE/DIVERGENCE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > LONGWAVE RADIATION
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > SHORTWAVE RADIATION
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS
CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > ICE VELOCITY
OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > WATER DEPTH > MEAN VELOCITY AT 40M
OCEANS > OCEAN HEAT BUDGET > HEAT FLUX > MEAN 1979-1993
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: zhang at apl.washington.edu
University of Washington Polar Science Center Applied Physics Laboratory 1013 NE 40th Street
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 98105
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-11-11
Last DIF Revision Date: 2005-10-14