The Seasonal Sea Ice Monitoring & Modelling Site Project (SIMMS)

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: physical sciences, climate change, sea ice, snow, energy fluxes, mass balance

Principal Investigator: Ledrew, Ellsworth (2)
Licence Number: 12759
Organization: University of Waterloo
Licensed Year(s): 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1995
Project Team: D. Barber, T. Papakyriakou, K. Misurak, C. Derksen

Objective(s): To observe the natural variability of snow and sea ice volume physical properties, energy and mass fluxes over a range of spatial and temporal scales; to describe how these parameters are partitioned within the atmosphere-sea ice-ocean interface; and to establish a method by which these processes can be modelled numerically.

Project Description: The researcher will measure the meterorological parameters at two primary sites; first year sea ice and multiyear sea ice. Each site consists of tower based sensors to measure various types of radiation, wind speed, wind direction and air temperatures. In addition, snow and ice temperatures are used. The physical properties of snow (depth, wetness, density, and grain microphotography) will be collected from snow pits.