Data Set ID:

Ice Draft and Ice Velocity Data in the Beaufort Sea, 1990-2003, Version 1

This data set provides measurement of sea ice draft (m) and the movement of sea ice (cm/s) over the continental shelf of the Eastern Beaufort Sea. The data set spans April 1990 to September 2003. The data set was acquired to assist in determining the character and recurrence of ice features hazardous to offshore industrial activity, specifically for the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves and the impact of climate variability and change on the Beaufort Sea ice regime. Observations were made using two types of self-contained Upward Looking Sonar (ULS) moored near the sea floor: an Ice Profiling Sonar (IPS) used to obtain ice draft data and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) used to obtain the ice velocity data. The data are provided in ASCII text format and are available via FTP.

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Temporal Coverage:
  • 1990-04-01 to 2003-09-30
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Not specified
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 74.152, S: 70.083, E: -125.577, W: -133.828

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Sea Ice > Ice Depth/Thickness
  • Snow/Ice > Ice Velocity
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Data Contributor(s): Humfrey Melling, D Riedel

We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following citation. For more information, see Use and Copyright.

Melling, H. and D. A. Riedel. 2008. Ice Draft and Ice Velocity Data in the Beaufort Sea, 1990-2003, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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