Special Issue "The Ice-Ocean Boundary"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Oceanography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mark D. Orzech
Guest Editor
Ocean Sciences Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Code 7322, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, USA
Interests: wave modeling and measurement; rogue waves; wave-ice interaction; data assimilation; nearshore processes; sediment transport
Dr. Jie Yu
Guest Editor
Ocean Sciences Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Code 7322, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, USA
Interests: wave-topography interaction; wave-current interaction; wave-ice interaction; nearshore processes; sediment transport; instability.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As climate change continues to reshape the polar environment, it is increasingly important that we fully understand the range of physical processes by which the ocean and the ice interact and the roles these processes will play in defining the future of the Arctic and Antarctic.  Ocean currents and waves exert significant force on surface ice through drag and pressure variations. Fluctuations in temperature and salinity affect sea-ice-associated biota, ocean circulation, and the distribution, rheology, and material properties of the ice.  Surface ice insulates the ocean beneath from atmospheric processes like solar radiation and wind forcing.  The ice-ocean boundary is the primary interface at which these phenomena can be measured and modeled, and yet much about it remains unknown. 

In this Special Issue, we welcome contributions from a broad range of theoretical, modeling, field and laboratory research into processes that affect the ice-ocean boundary region, including but not limited to:

  • Theoretical or numerical representations of boundary layers associated with currents and/or waves at the ice-ocean interface
  • Theory/modeling of shear and form drag on ice
  • Field or lab measurements of ice-ocean boundary processes
  • Lagrangian drift of sea ice forced by waves
  • Temperature and salinity exchanges between ice and ocean
  • The effects of algae, plankton, and other cold region biota on sea ice material properties and the boundary layer
  • The role of sea ice as a mediating buffer between the atmosphere and ocean
  • Alternative representations of surface ice and its boundary processes (e.g., viscous or viscoelastic layer, discrete element modeling, thin elastic plates)

Dr. Mark D. Orzech
Dr. Jie Yu
Guest Editors

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  • Sea ice
  • Polar regions (Arctic & Antarctic)
  • Ice-ocean drag force
  • Wave-ice interaction
  • Boundary-layer processes
  • Lagrangian drift
  • Climate change
  • Sea-ice biota
  • Ocean temperature and salinity
  • Ocean currents and circulation
  • Marginal ice zone
  • Field and lab measurements.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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