IGPP Seminar Series

Seasonal and Interannual Variability of the Sea Ice in the Bering Sea

by Changming "Charles" Dong
ATMOS, UCLA

Abstract

The Bering Sea, a connection between the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic ocean, is an important region for the study of the global climate change. The age of the sea ice in the Bering Sea is less than one year with an obvious seasonal variation. Over decades of sea ice concentration data from the satellite remote sensing show a strong interannual variability in the sea ice coverage in the Bering Sea. The chlorophyll data from the MODIS also demonstrate such variability in the ice-free area. To better understand such variation, a numerical model is applied to the study. The model results show how oceanic physical processes affect the sea ice variation in the Bering, such as roles of water transport, wind forcing, heat flux, and oceanic tides in the sea ice variation.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
3853 Slichter
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM