University of Washington/Applied Physics Laboratory
Coordination, Data Management and Enhancement of the International Arctic Buoy Programme
The International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP) is one of the oldest continuously-operating environmental monitoring networks in the high Arctic. This grant renews NSF support (previously under grant 0520287) of the IABP under the auspices of the Arctic Observing Network (AON). Funds from this project will be used for the coordination, data management, and deployment of the buoys. Observations from the IABP are essential for (1) monitoring Arctic and global climate change (many of the changes in Arctic climate were first observed or explained using data from the IABP, including surface temperature increases throughout the Arctic Ocean, changes in ocean currents, and thinning of sea ice); (2) forecasting weather and sea ice conditions; (3) forcing, assimilation and validation of global weather and climate models; and (4) validation of satellite derived estimates of sea ice motion, surface temperature, and sea ice thickness. The team will employ new technology in air-droppable buoys, and deployment will emphasize regions where there have historically been data gaps. IABP data, presently archived at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the National Ice Center (NIC) will be migrated to the Cooperative Arctic Data and Information System (CADIS), in direct support of AON objectives.
Data and Resources
Start Date: 2009/01/01