Journal article

Growth of wave height with retreating ice cover in the Arctic

J Li, Y Ma, Q Liu, W Zhang, C Guan

Cold Regions Science and Technology | Elsevier BV | Published : 2019

Abstract

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Quantitative relationships between retreating ice cover and the intensification of surface waves in the Arctic Ocean are studied. Wave data are produced by twelve-year (2007—2018) hindcasts of summer melt seasons (from May to September) and numerical tests with WAVEWATCH III. When a viscoelastic wave-ice model and a spherical multiple-cell grid are applied, simulated wave heights agree with available buoy data, altimeter data and previous simulations. Then, with the model data, we find that changes in mean significant wave height of the whole Arctic are dominated by changes in surface winds when the ice extent is larger than 9.4 × 106 km2. If the ice extent retreats from..

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Grants

Awarded by National Key R&D Program of China


Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (Nos.2016YFC1401405 and 2016YFC1402001), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41806009) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (201713026).