Arctic Ocean-Sea Ice Interactions
TimeTuesday, July 246:30pm - 8:30pm
DescriptionThis animation visualizes simulation results from research at The University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences. Shown is the daily average temperature field of warm sub-surface water of subtropical origin carried with the Norwegian Atlantic boundary current into the Arctic Ocean, northwestward along the West Spitsbergen current and northeastward through the Barents Sea opening. High performance computing is required to capture mesoscale eddies of length-scale less than 15 km shedding off and transporting heat and freshwater toward the ocean interior.
Understanding how these currents transport heat into the high Arctic and its surrounding seas will enable the quantification of the impact of recent observed changes in the atmosphere and ocean heat content on Arctic sea ice and ecosystems, as well as Greenland's marine margins.
This animation will be included in an exhibition at the University of Texas Visual Arts Center fall 2018 in Austin, as a public outreach component in a National Science Foundation funded project.