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Back Observation of Upper Ocean Temperature, Salinity and pH Structure in the Central Arctic
|Division||Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science|
Stanton, Timothy P.
|Sponsor||Office of Naval Research (Navy)|
|Summary||The Arctic Ocean is currently experiencing a number of environmental changes associated with climate change including rapidly declining summertime sea ice extents and melting of permafrost. Reduced ice cover allows more efficient exchange between the ocean, and atmosphere and permafrost melt leads to larger chemical transports from the land to the ocean. Both of these effects are likely to affect the pH, in addition to salinity and temperature, of the Arctic Ocean surface layer. We propose an exploratory project to measure the spatial and temporal variability of the upper Arctic Ocean to document these ongoing changes and to assess the impact of the changes on the attenuation of acoustic energy in the ocean. This work directly impacts medium and long range acoustic propagation models in the Arctic Region.|
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