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Determination of the thermal conductivity of sea ice from measurements of ice temperature (and temperature gradients), salinity, ice microstructure and other environmental parameters
Entry ID: K131_2002_2004_NZ_1

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Abstract: The polar oceans' sea ice cover strongly modifies ocean-atmosphere heat transfer. Despite its importance, existing circulation models and large scale sea ice models include overly simplistic parameterizations of the ice thermal conductivity that are likely to contribute to significant errors in estimating ice production rates. A set of field measurements in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica and Barrow, ... View entire text
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Description: Data provided here have been collected as part of the project "Measurements and Improved Parameterization of the Thermal Conductivity and Heat Flow through First-Year Sea Ice", OPP-0126007* and include measurements of temperature and various ice properties at selected sites in first-year and multiyear sea ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica in the years 2002-2004. Data from earlier installations of thermistor chains for measurements of ice temperature carried out by the New Zealand team have also been included. Data files are in Microsoft Excel format, with individual worksheets for specific cores or temperature data sets. Detailed information and comments on data sampling location etc. are provided in the files.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.5   S: -77.92   E: 167.0   W: 166.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-01-06
Stop Date: 2003-01-26

Start Date: 2003-11-02
Stop Date: 2003-11-14
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Quality The data is in the publications and held at the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington. Please contact the investigators for more information.
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Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
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Pringle, D.J. Trodahl, H.J. Haskell, T.J. Direct measurement of sea ice thermal conductivity: No surface reduction. Journal of geophysical research 111: C5, 2006.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-02-11
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23