SCICEX: Submarine Arctic Science Program

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Entry ID

G02187

Summary

The Submarine Arctic Science Program, SCICEX, is a federal interagency collaboration among the operational Navy, research agencies, and the marine research community to use nuclear-powered submarines for scientific studies of the Arctic Ocean. Unlike surface ships, submarines have the unique ability to operate and take measurements regardless of sea ice cover, weather conditions, and time of year. This allows for a broad and comprehensive investigation of an entire ocean basin. The goal of the program is to acquire comprehensive data about Arctic sea ice, water properties (biological, chemical, and hydrographic), and water depth (bathymetry) to improve our understanding of the Arctic Ocean basin and its role in the Earth's climate system. SCICEX is important because it adds critical pieces to the overall information needed to analyze sea ice and ocean dynamics. Data collection began in 1993 and is on going.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 90°     S: 71°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: SCICEX Science Advisory Comittee.
Dataset Title: SCICEX: Submarine Arctic Science Program
Dataset Release Date: 2012-09-20updated 2014
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g02187.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5930R3Z

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1993-08-23
Stop Date: 2005-11-20

Location Keywords

  • OCEAN ARCTIC OCEAN

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Sea Ice Ice Depth/Thickness
  • Oceans Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography Bathymetry
  • Oceans Ocean Chemistry Nutrients
  • Oceans Sea Ice Ice Depth/Thickness

Ancillary Keywords

  • CTD probes
  • Expendable CTD Profiles
  • Upward Looking Sonar
  • xCTD probes

Platform

  • SUBMARINE

Instrument

  • CTD Conductivity, Temperature, Depth
  • NISKIN BOTTLES
  • SIDE-SCAN SONAR
  • UPWARD LOOKING SONAR

Project

  • SCICEX Scientific Ice Expeditions

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Personnel

Jacqueline Richter-Menge
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: Jaqueline.A.Richter-Menge@erdc.usaec.army.mil
Contact Address:

  • Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
  • 72 Lyme Rd.

City: Hanover
Province or State: NH
Postal Code: 03755-1290
Country: USA

M. Wensnahan
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: thinice@apl.washington.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Washington

Ray Sambrotto
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: sambrott@ldeo.columbia.edu
Contact Address:

  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Biology and Paleo Environment

W. B. Tucker III
Role: INVESTIGATOR

Reference

SCICEX Science Advisory Committee. 2010. SCICEX Phase II Science Plan, Part I: Technical Guidance for Planning Science Accommodation Missions. US Arctic Research Commission, Arlington, VA, 76 pp.

Edwards, M. H. and B. J. Coakley. 2003. SCICEX Investigations of the Arctic Ocean System. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry 63(4): 281 - 328.

Edwards, M. H. and B. J. Coakley. 2004. The SCICEX Program: Arctic Ocean Investigations from a U.S. Navy Nuclear-Powered Submarine. Arctic Research of the United States 18(Fall/Winter): 14 - 20. Rothrock D., W. Maslowski, D. Chayes, G. Flato, J. Grebmeier, R. Jackson, R. Sambrotto, W. Smethie, W. Sternberger, J. Swift, J. Tarduno, A. Thorndike. 1999. Arctic Ocean Science from Submarines – A Report Based on the SCICEX 2000 Workshop. Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Pyle T. E., M. Ledbetter, B. Coakley, D. Chayes. 1997. Arctic Ocean Science. Sea Technology 38(10): 10–15.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2012-09-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2015-07-31

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