Exploring the Pacific Arctic Seasonal Ice Zone With Saildrone USVs.
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Chiodi, Andrew M.
Cokelet, Edward D.
Mordy, Calvin W.
Gentemann, Chelle L.
Cross, Jessica N.
Harrison, Don E.
Stabeno, Phyllis J.
Tabisola, Heather M.
Burger, Eugene F.
O’Brien, Kevin M.
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More high-quality, in situ observations of essential marine variables are needed over the seasonal ice zone to better understand Arctic (or Antarctic) weather, climate, and ecosystems. To better assess the potential for arrays of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) to provide such observations, five wind-driven and solar-powered saildrones were sailed into the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas following the 2019 seasonal retreat of sea ice. They were equipped to observe the surface oceanic and atmospheric variables required to estimate air-sea fluxes of heat, momentum and carbon dioxide. Some of these variables were made available to weather forecast centers in real time. Our objective here is to analyze the effectiveness of existing remote ice navigation products and highlight the challenges and opportunities for improving remote ice navigation strategies with USVs. We examine the sources of navigational sea-ice distribution information based on post-mission tabulation of the sea-ice .....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Sea ice
Ocean surface heat flux
Maturity LevelTRL 8 Actual system completed and "mission qualified" through test and demonstration in an operational environment (ground or space)
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
Spatial CoverageArctic Ocean
CitationChiodi, A.M., Zhang, C., Cokelet, ED., Yang, Q., Mordy, C.W., Gentemann, C.L., Cross, J.N., Lawrence-Slavas, N., Meinig, C., Steele ,M., Harrison, D.E., Stabeno, P.J., Tabisola, H.M., Zhang, D., Burger, E.F., O’Brien, K.M. and Wang, M. (2021) Exploring the Pacific Arctic Seasonal Ice Zone With Saildrone USVs. Frontiers in Marine Sience, 8:640690, 20pp. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.640697
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