Ice and Ocean Variability in the Arctic

Variations of sea-ice, ocean currents and hrdography in the Arctic Ocean, due to both natural causes and human actitivities, are important aspects of the global climate change. During the past few decades, the Arctic regions have experienced significant warming; the summer ice extent have shrunk; and the ice thickness has been decreasing. These changes have strong implications on many environmental, economical and societal issues.

OSD is studying the ice and ocean variability in the Arctic through making maintaining key observations in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Beaufort Sea and Davis Strait (see Arctic Observations; and developing and applying coupled ice-ocean-atmosphere models (see Ice and Ocean Modelling).

For further information, contact Drs. Simon Prinsenberg and Youyu Lu.