5.1 The Norwegian Young Sea Ice (N-ICE2015) Experiment: The Atmospheric Perspective

Tuesday, 24 January 2017: 1:30 PM
Conference Center: Skagit 3 (Washington State Convention Center )
Lana Cohen, Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromso, Norway; and S. R. Hudson, M. A. Granskog, R. M. Graham, S. Y. Murphy, and V. Walden

The Norwegian Young Sea Ice experiment (N-ICE2015) was conducted from January to June 2015 north of Svalbard abroad the R/V Lance. This is the first experiment to make comprehensive measurements of atmospheric and surface conditions over young, first-year sea ice through the seasonal transition from winter to summer. A brief description of the overall experiment is given, including observations related to the ocean, sea ice, and ecology. Here we describe the atmospheric measurements made during N-ICE2015 and summarize the atmospheric characteristics during the campaign. An overview of the meteorological conditions of the boundary layer are given, and these are put into the context of the large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns over the Arctic during N-ICE2015. The synoptic variability is used to define storm events, some of which are highlighted. Comparisons are made to previous observations obtained during the year-long SHEBA campaign (1997-1998).

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