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SCICEX: Submarine Arctic Science Program, Version 1

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.

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  • Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry > BATHYMETRY
  • Sea Ice > Ice Depth/Thickness > ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS
  • Ocean Chemistry > Nutrients > NUTRIENTS
Data Format(s):Not specified
Spatial Coverage:
N: 90, 
S: 71, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Spatial Resolution:Not SpecifiedSensor(s):CTD, NISKIN BOTTLES, UPWARD LOOKING SONAR
Temporal Coverage:
  • 23 August 1993 to 20 November 2005
(updated 2014)
Temporal ResolutionNot specifiedMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Jacqueline Richter-Menge, M. Wensnahan, Ray Sambrotto, W. Tucker III

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SCICEX Science Advisory Comittee. 2009, updated 2014. SCICEX: Submarine Arctic Science Program, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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