Sea-ice Thickness and Draft Statistics from Submarine ULS, Moored ULS, and a Coupled Model

Summary

This data set consists of estimates of mean values of sea-ice thickness and sea-ice draft in meters computed from three different input data sets: sea ice draft from Upward Looking Sonar (ULS) mounted on submarines, sea ice draft from ULS mounted on bottom-anchored moorings, and a simulated ice-thickness model. The data span from 1979 to 2004 and cover two regions centered around the North Pole. One region, Region A, is north of 89° N; and the other, Region B, is north of 87° N. The data set consists of one ASCII text file. The data are available via FTP.

Citing These Data

Moritz, Richard and Mark Wensnahan. 2011. Sea-ice Thickness and Draft Statistics from Submarine ULS, Moored ULS, and a Coupled Model. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N53N21BT

Overview Table

Category Description
Data format Space-delimited ASCII text file with headers
Spatial coverage Region A
Southernmost Latitude: 89° N
Northernmost Latitude: 90° N
Westernmost Longitude: 180° W
Easternmost Longitude: 180° E

Region B
Southernmost Latitude: 87° N
Northernmost Latitude: 90° N
Westernmost Longitude: 180° W
Easternmost Longitude: 180° E
Temporal coverage 1979 to 2004
File naming convention Npole_Ice_Thickness_Draft_Sub_Moored_Model.txt
File size 14 KB
Parameters Sea-Ice Thickness (m)
Sea-Ice Draft (m)
Metadata Access View metadata
Procedures for obtaining data Available via FTP

 

Table of Contents

1. Contacts
2. Background Information
3. Detailed Data Description
4. Data Acquisition and Processing
5. Data Access and Related Collections
6. References and Related Publications
7. Acknowledgements
8. Document Information

1. Contacts

Investigators

Richard E. Moritz
Principal Oceanographer
Polar Science Center
Applied Physics Laboratory
University of Washington
1013 NE 40th Street
Seattle, WA 98105-6698
dickm@apl.washington.edu
206-543-8023

Mark Wensnahan
Polar Science Center
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105
thinice@apl.washington.edu
206-685-7912

Technical Contact

NSIDC User Services
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0449  USA
phone: +1 303.492.6199
fax: +1 303.492.2468
form: Contact NSIDC User Services
e-mail: nsidc@nsidc.org

2. Background Information

These data are intended to be used to evaluate the consistency and temporal coherence among the three input data sets: submarine ULS ice draft, moored ULS ice draft, and the simulated ice-thickness model of Zhang and Rothrock (2003) called the Coupled Ice-Ocean Model (CIOM). These data are also intended to evaluate decadal to multi-decadal trends in sea-ice thickness given the long temporal range of the data set, 1979 to 2004.

3. Detailed Data Description

Parameters

The parameters of this data set are sea-ice draft and sea-ice thickness given in meters. Ice draft is a measurement of the thickness of the sea ice below the waterline and often serves as a close proxy for total ice thickness. Note that both draft and thickness are not available for the entire temporal coverage. See the Temporal Coverage section of this document for complete details.

Spatial Coverage

The data cover two regions centered around the North Pole. One region is north of 89° N, and the other is north of 87° N.

Temporal Coverage

The data span from 1979 to 2004; however, only the CIOM ice thickness data covers this full range. The ULS submarine ice draft data span 1986 to 1999 averaged over spring months (March - June) and 1988 to 2000 averaged over summer months (August - November). The ULS moored ice draft data span April 2001 to April 2003 and are monthly averages over this time period. The CIOM ice thickness data span 1979 to 2004 averaged over spring (April) and summer (September) months. See Table 1 for specific dates by parameter.

Table 1. Dates of Data Available by Parameter
Parameter Dates
Ice Draft Spring 1986 - 1999
Summer 1988 - 2000
April 2001 - 2003
Ice Thickness Spring and Summer 1979 - 2004

 

Format

The format of the data file is a space-delimited ASCII text file with headers. The file begins with a header containing background information, data sources, and processing. The header is followed by the DATA section. The DATA section is divided into 3 main parts:

  1. Submarine ULS Ice Draft Data
  2. Moored ULS Ice Draft Data
  3. Model Output Ice Thickness Data from CIOM

Submarine ULS Data

Section I is further broken up into four sections: Spring Region A, Summer Region A, Spring Region B, and Summer Region B. Spring Region A contains the data acquired during the spring in Region A and so forth. Each section contains four columns of data. The columns are described in Table 2.

Table 2. Column Description for Submarine ULS Data
Column Name Description
1 CruiseID ID of the submarine cruise ("--" indicates an ID was not assigned to this cruise).
2 Year 4-digit year in which the cruise occurred
3 Draft (m) Ice draft measurement in meters (m)
4 Source Source of the data (research group that produced it, NSIDC is the distributor):
NSIDC-CRREL: Cold Regions Research And Engineering Lab
NSIDC-EWG: Environmental Working Group
NSIDC-UC: University of Cambridge
NSIDC-UW: University of Washington Applied Physics Lab

 

Moored ULS Data

Section II contains one section of data with four columns as described in Table 3.

Table 3. Column Description for Moored ULS Data
Column Name Description
1 Year 4-digit year in which the moored ULS obtained the data
2 Month 1- and 2-digit month in which the moored ULS obtained the data
3 Time (days) The decimal time, in days after 00:00:00 UTC 31 December, 2000. Thus, 00:00:00 UTC 01 January 2001 corresponds to Time = 1.0.
4 Draft (m) Ice draft measurement in meters (m)

 

CIOM Model Data

Section III is further broken up into four sections: Spring Region A, Summer Region A, Spring Region B, and Summer Region B. Spring Region A contains the data acquired during the spring in Region A and so forth. Each section contains two columns of data. The columns are described in Table 4.

Table 4. Column Description for CIOM Model
Column Name Description
1 Year 4-digit year in which the moored ULS obtained the data
2 Thickness Ice thickness output from the CIOM model in meters (m)

 

File and Directory Structure

The single data file resides in one directory on the FTP site: ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/pub/DATASETS/NOAA/G02194/.

File Naming Convention

The single data file is named Npole_Ice_Thickness_Draft_Sub_Moored_Model.txt and is 14 KB in size.

Sample Data Record

Submarine ULS Data

The following are the first 3 rows of data (with column names) from Section I:

CruiseID   Year      Draft(m)         Source
-----------------------------------------------
1986a      1986      3.10935        NSIDC-CRREL
1986b      1986      3.722          NSIDC-CRREL
1988a      1988      3.854          NSIDC-CRREL

Moored ULS Data

The following are the first three rows of data (with column names) from Section II:

Year  Month    Time(days)     Draft(m)
----------------------------------------
2001  4      1.1167004e+002  3.4995151
2001  5      1.3655286e+002  3.5284854
2001  6      1.6699709e+002  3.4749251

CIOM Model Data

The following are the first three rows of data (with column names) from Section III:

Year               Thickness    
------------------------------
1979                3.7247     
1980                3.6361      
1981                4.1105  

4. Data Acquisition and Processing

Data Acquisition Methods

Submarine ULS Data

The submarine ULS data used to estimate the mean ice draft were acquired from NSIDC. Two different data sets were used:

The submarine ULS ice draft data downloaded from the NSIDC website were produced by various research groups, located at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (UW), and University of Cambridge (UC).

The data sets extracted from the EWG Joint U.S.-Russian Atlas CD-ROM were processed by a variety of different groups, including CRREL, UW, Bronson Hills Associates, and the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM). See Table 2 for the abbreviations for these data producers.

Moored ULS Data

The moored ULS data were downloaded from the Earth Observing Lab (EOL) Codiac data system from the North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) Oceanographic Mooring Data.

CIOM Model Data

The CIOM data (Zhang and Rothrock, 2003) were downloaded from the Projections of an Ice-Diminished Arctic Ocean - Retrospection and Future Projection Web site.

Data Processing

Submarine ULS Data

The submarine ULS data are average ice drafts for segments at least 10 km long (typically they are 50km long) of each submarine cruise within the given region. Each cruise is designated as spring or summer, and the means for all segments within regions A or B are averaged together to produce the regional/seasonal averages of the data set. For the submarine data, any cruise occurring during the interval March to June is considered spring, and any occurring during August to November is considered summer. The mean ice drafts have not been adjusted to account for variations in the mean annual cycle of ice draft within the spring and summer intervals.

Moored ULS Data

The moored ULS data are time series of observations acquired at the location of the North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) mooring (typically, latitude 89 degrees 30 minutes north). The observations are made at intervals of 5 minutes (2001 - 2002) and 10 minutes (2002 - 2003). The measurements of draft are time-averaged over each calendar month to produce the values included in this data set. Note that during April 2002, the first NPEO mooring with ULS instrument number 22 was recovered. A few days later, the second NPEO mooring, with ULS instrument number 12, was deployed. The time averages have been computed separately for each instrument, so there are two averages for the month of April 2002.

CIOM Model Data

The variables calculated at each CIOM grid point include a sea-ice thickness distribution. The mean ice thickness at each time increment and spatial grid point is calculated as the average over this distribution. These instantaneous grid point averages are further averaged spatially, over all grid points within the two regions (A and B), and temporally over the months that represent spring and summer for the model data: April and September, respectively.

5. Data Access and Related Collections

Data Access

Data are available via FTP.

Related NSIDC Data Collections

6. References and Related Publications

Moritz and Wensnahan, in prep.

Wensnahan et al., in prep.

Zhang, J. L. and D. A. Rothrock. 2003. Modeling global sea ice with a thickness and enthalpy distribution model in generalized curvilinear coordinates. Monthly Weather Review 131(5): 845-861.

7. Acknowledgements

This data set is supported by NSF Grant OPP ARC-0612944.

Distribution of the data set from NSIDC is supported by funding from NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC).

8. Document Information

Acronyms

Table 5 lists the acronyms used in this document.

Table 5. Acronyms
Acronym Description
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange
CIOM Coupled Ice-Ocean Model
CRREL Cold Regions Research And Engineering Laboratory
EOL Earth Observing Laboratory
ERIM Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
EWG Environmental Working Group
FTP File Transfer Protocol
NPEO North Pole Environmental Observatory
NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center
NSF National Science Foundation
UC University of Cambridge
ULS Upward Looking Sonar
URL Uniform Resource Locator
UW University of Washington

Document Authors

This document was created by A. Windnagel from correspondence with and documentation from Richard Moritz.

Document Creation Date

July 2011

Document URL

http://nsidc.org/data/docs/noaa/g02194_ice_thickness/index.html