Clues to causes of deformation features in coastal sea ice



Finding clues to the physical processes responsible for interesting sea-ice features in the Robeson Channel and Lincoln Sea and developing methods to extract this evidence provide stimulating challenges to the Arctic remote-sensing community.

The normal [open season] for ice drift through Robeson Channel (Figure 1), which divides the land masses, is June–December. The channel ice drift is normally to the south due to a combination of prevailing northerly winds and semidiurnal tidal currents that are stronger on flood tide than on ebb tide [Keys et al., 1974].