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SIPEX - exploring the Antarctic sea ice zone


Zicus, SA and Dobson, J and Worby, AP, SIPEX - exploring the Antarctic sea ice zone, Physics Education, 43, (6) pp. 644-652. ISSN 0031-9120 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1088/0031-9120/43/6/013


Sea ice in the polar regions plays a key role in both regulating global climate and maintaining marine ecosystems. The international Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment (SIPEX) explored the sea ice zone around Antarctica in September and October 2007, investigating relationships between the physical sea ice environment and the structure of Southern Ocean ecosystems. One of the main goals of SIPEX was to conduct large-scale sea ice and snow thickness surveys for the validation of satellite-based measurements. SIPEX scientists used a variety of techniques including helicopter-based radar and laser altimetry, as well as a remotely operated underwater vehicle, to gather baseline data on Antarctic sea ice thickness and the under-ice environment. These data will be invaluable for monitoring possible future changes in the sea ice around Antarctica.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Oceanography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Zicus, SA (Dr Sandra Zicus)
UTAS Author:Worby, AP (Professor Anthony Worby)
ID Code:71407
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-07-18
Last Modified:2011-07-18

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