The study introduces a parameterization scheme that incorporates the role of sea ice thickness in understanding wave dynamics and their interactions with sea ice. The results demonstrated that the new model more effectively captures the directional attenuation and spreading of waves caused by sea ice. The sea ice augmented wave model will revolutionize wave forecasting and monitoring in ice-infested waters. By accounting for sea ice thickness, the model provides valuable insights into wave energy dissipation and ice break-up in the marginal ice zone. "The marginal ice zone is a dynamic environment with complex interactions between wind waves and sea ice," explained co-author Qinghua Yang.
Source: The Nation June 07, 2023 21:59 UTC