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The Role of Sea Ice in Arctic and Antarctic Polynyas


Barber, DG and Massom, RA, The Role of Sea Ice in Arctic and Antarctic Polynyas, Polynyas: Windows to the World, Elsevier Science Bv, WO Smith, DG Barber (ed), Netherlands, pp. 1-54. ISBN 9780444529527 (2007) [Other Book Chapter]

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Polynyas are relatively ice-free regions when compared to the areas around them, and have been suggested as being foci for energy transfer between the atmosphere and ocean, ice "factories", and critical areas with respect to polar ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. This volume presents an integrated, multidisciplinary review of polynyas in both the Arctic and Antarctic. It emphasizes the meteorology, ice dynamics, oceanography, biological components, chemistry, and modeling of these systems, particularly with respect to their roles in polar processes and distributions. The various interactions within polynyas, particularly between the physical forcing and biological responses, is emphasized, as are the potential changes in polynyas that might occur under a climate regime that is rapidly changing. The authors of the reviews are leaders among their respective countries in polynya research, and all are internationally recognized.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Antarctic, Arctic, polynyas, sea ice
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Massom, RA (Dr Robert Massom)
ID Code:129166
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2018-11-13
Last Modified:2018-11-20

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