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Montiel et al. 2022

Montiel, F., A.L. Kohout, and L.A. Roach, 2022: Physical drivers of ocean wave attenuation in the marginal ice zone. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 52, no. 5, 889-906, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-21-0240.1.

Despite a recent resurgence of observational studies attempting to quantify the ice-induced attenuation of ocean waves in polar oceans, the physical processes governing this phenomenon are still poorly understood. Most analyses have attempted to relate the spatial rate of wave attenuation to wave frequency, but have not considered how this relationship depends on ice, wave, and atmospheric conditions. An in-depth analysis of the wave-buoy data collected during the 2017 Polynyas, Ice Production, and Seasonal Evolution in the Ross Sea (PIPERS) program in the Ross Sea is conducted. Standard techniques are used to estimate the spatial rate of wave attenuation α, and the influence of a number of potential physical drivers on its dependence on wave period T is investigated. A power law is shown to consistently describe the α(T) relationship, in line with other recent analyses. The two parameters describing this relationship are found to depend significantly on sea ice concentration, mean wave period, and wind direction, however. Looking at cross correlations between these physical drivers, three regimes of ice-induced wave attenuation are identified, which characterize different ice, wave, and wind conditions, and very possibly different processes causing this observed attenuation. This analysis suggests that parameterizations of ice-induced wave decay in spectral wave models should be piecewise, so as to include their dependence on local ice, wave, and wind conditions.

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  author={Montiel, F. and Kohout, A. L. and Roach, L. A.},
  title={Physical drivers of ocean wave attenuation in the marginal ice zone},
  journal={Journal of Physical Oceanography},

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RIS Citation

ID  - mo06300k
AU  - Montiel, F.
AU  - Kohout, A. L.
AU  - Roach, L. A.
PY  - 2022
TI  - Physical drivers of ocean wave attenuation in the marginal ice zone
JA  - J. Phys. Oceanogr.
JO  - Journal of Physical Oceanography
VL  - 52
IS  - 5
SP  - 889
EP  - 906
DO  - 10.1175/JPO-D-21-0240.1
ER  -

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