Experts Workshops to Comparatively Evaluate Coastal Currents and Ice Movement in the Northeastern Chukchi Sea

Project Description

In light of increased industrial activities in United States Arctic offshore waters, effective response to spills of oil and hazardous substances in coastal, seasonally ice-covered waters is universally recognized as a critical challenge to sustainable development in northern Alaska. Due to limited in-situ and remote sensing observations, current and ice motion patterns in coastal settings are poorly understood. To address this shortcoming, workshops held in March 2013 in Barrow and Wainwright, Alaska, focused on nearshore ice and ocean currents of the coastal Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Indigenous experts from Barrow, Wainwright, Point Lay, and Nuiqsut met with scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and other institutions to discuss ice conditions and ocean circulation and to identify the knowledge critical to emergency preparedness and response.

Research Team

Principal Investigator

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Mark Johnson

Chair, Department of Oceanography
  • Decadal climate variability of the Arctic system
  • Trends and variability in Arctic sea-ice concentration and thickness
  • Analysis of model results and observed data to validate and improve model performance
(907) 474-6933
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Thomas Weingartner

Professor Emeritus
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physical oceanography of Alaskan continental shelves and slopes.
  • Interdisciplinary marine research
  • Wind- and buoyancy-forced shelf circulation systems
(907) 474-7993
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Principal Investigator

Hajo Eicken -


Project Funding

North Slope Borough - Shell Baseline Studies Research Agreement
Start Date: 0000-00-00 End Date: 0000-00-00

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