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Sea ice data assimilation for the Canadian east coast

  • Author / Creator
    Katavouta, Anna
  • The sea ice fields produced by the NEMO sea ice/ocean coupled model’s prognostic simulation drift from reality in the Labrador sea. Thus four additional data assimilation experiments were conducted in order to obtain satisfactory sea ice fields. In the first two experiments the model’s sea ice concentration was pushed towards Canadian Ice Service fields using nudging. In the third and fourth experiment as the sea ice concentration was nudged, the sea ice thickness and the underlying ocean salinity and temperature are corrected, based on correlations between the sea ice concentration and the model tracers. It was found that the simple nudging experiments produced sea ice fields close to reality. The experiments where corrections are applied to the underlying ocean salinity and temperature, produced sea ice concentration fields closer to the reality than the nudging experiment, by achieving a balance between the sea ice and the ocean fields.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3T91S
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Paul G. Myers, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gerhard W. Reuter, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Faye Hicks, Civil and Environmental Engineering