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Accession Number PB2013-110993
Title Beaufort and Chukchi Seas Mesoscale Meteorology Modeling Study.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 228p
Personal Author B. Potter F. Liu J. Krieger J. You J. Zhang M. Shulski S. Stegall W. Baule W. Tao X. Zhang
Abstract Mesoscale weather patterns and associated surface winds are important for evaluating dispersal and movement of oil spills and, in turn, assessing oil spill environmental impacts, as wind is the primary parameter driving ocean currents and sea ice motion. The Beaufort Sea and its adjacent continental areas are prominent geographical features which are largely covered by sea ice on a seasonal basis over the ocean and bounded by the Brooks Range in the south on land. The complex orographic dynamics and coast-ocean thermal contrast significantly complicate mesoscale weather systems and associated surface winds in this region. In addition, this area has been exhibiting great variability and change in sea ice, atmospheric, and oceanic conditions, which may further complicate the atmospheric circulation, underlying surface thermal conditions, and associated surface wind field. In this study, we will investigate the mesoscale weather patterns and associated surface wind field features in the Beaufort Sea and the adjacent continental areas.
Keywords Atmospheric circulation
Beaufort Sea
Chukchi Sea
Environmental impact
Meteorological data
Ocean currents
Oil pollution
Oil spills
Pattern recognition
Sea ice
Seasonal variations
Thermal analysis

Source Agency Minerals Management Service
NTIS Subject Category 55B - Dynamic Meteorology
55C - Meteorological Data Collection, Analysis, & Weather Forecast
68D - Water Pollution & Control
Corporate Author Alaska Univ., Fairbanks.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1324
Contract Number BOEM-M06PC00018

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