Journal article

An idealised experimental model of ocean surface wave transmission by an ice floe

LG Bennetts, A Alberello, MH Meylan, C Cavaliere, AV Babanin, A Toffoli

Ocean Modelling | Elsevier | Published : 2015


An experimental model of transmission of ocean waves by an ice floe is presented. Thin plastic plates with different material properties and thicknesses are used to model the floe. Regular incident waves with different periods and steepnesses are used, ranging from gently-sloping to storm-like conditions. A wave gauge is used to measure the water surface elevation in the lee of the floe. The depth of wave overwash on the floe is measured by a gauge in the centre of the floe's upper surface. Results show transmitted waves are regular for gently-sloping incident waves but irregular for storm-like incident waves. The proportion of the incident wave transmitted is shown to decrease as incident w..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian Antarctic Science Grant Program

Awarded by U.S. Office of Naval Research

Funding Acknowledgements

Experiments were supported by the Small Research Grant Scheme of the School of Marine Science and Engineering of Plymouth University and performed when AA and AT were appointed at Plymouth University. The authors thank Peter Arber for technical support during the experiments. LGB acknowledges funding support from the Australian Research Council (DE130101571) and the Australian Antarctic Science Grant Program (Project 4123). MHM and AVB acknowledge funding support for the U.S. Office of Naval Research (projects N00014-13-1-0290 and N00014-13-1-0278)