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Title: Baffin Bay ice drift and export : 2002–2007
Authors: Kwok, Ron
Keywords: sea ice
Artic Oceanography
mass balance
remote sensing
Issue Date: 2-Oct-2007
Publisher: the American Geophysical Union.
Citation: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 34, L19501, doi:10.1029/2007GL031204, 2007
Abstract: Multiyear estimates of sea ice drift in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait are derived for the first time from the 89 GHz channel of the AMSR-E instrument. Uncertainties in the drift estimates, assessed with Envisat ice motion, are ~2–3 km/day. A persistent atmospheric trough, between the coast of Greenland and Baffin Island, drives the prevailing southward drift pattern with average daily displacements in excess of 18–20 km during winter. Over the 5-year record, the ice export ranges between 360 and 675 × 103 km2, with an average of 530 × 103 km2. Sea ice area inflow from the Nares Strait, Lancaster Sound and Jones Sound potentially contribute up to a third of the net area outflow while ice production at the North Water Polynya contributes the balance. Rough estimates of annual volume export give ~500–800 km3. Comparatively, these are ~70% and ~30% of the annual area and volume exports at the Fram Strait.
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