Currents and convection cause enhanced gas exchange in the ice-water boundary layer

Brice Loose, Ann Lovely, Peter Schlosser, Christopher Zappa, Wade Mcgillis, Donald Perovich

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Abstract

The presence of sea ice acts as a physical barrier for air-sea exchange. On the other hand it creates additional turbulence due to current shear and convection during ice formation. We present results from a laboratory study that demonstrate how shear and convection in the ice-ocean boundary layer can lead to significant gas exchange. In the absence of wind, water currents beneath the ice of 0.23m s-1 produced a gas transfer velocity (k) of 2.8m d-1, equivalent to k produced by a wind speed of 7m s-1 over the open ocean. Convection caused by air-sea heat exchange also increased k of as much as 131%compared to k produced by current shear alone. When wind and currents were combined, k increased, up to 7.6m d-1, greater than k produced by wind or currents alone, but gas exchange forcing by wind produced mixed results in these experiments. As an aggregate, these experiments indicate that using a wind speed parametrisation to estimate k in the sea ice zone may underestimate k by ca. 50 % for wind speeds < 8m s-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number32803
JournalTellus, Series B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Air-sea gas exchange
  • CO
  • High latitudes
  • Ice-ocean boundary layer
  • Sea ice

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  • Atmospheric Science

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Currents and convection cause enhanced gas exchange in the ice-water boundary layer. / Loose, Brice; Lovely, Ann; Schlosser, Peter; Zappa, Christopher; Mcgillis, Wade; Perovich, Donald.

In: Tellus, Series B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, Vol. 68, No. 1, 32803, 01.01.2016.

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Loose, Brice ; Lovely, Ann ; Schlosser, Peter ; Zappa, Christopher ; Mcgillis, Wade ; Perovich, Donald. / Currents and convection cause enhanced gas exchange in the ice-water boundary layer. In: Tellus, Series B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology. 2016 ; Vol. 68, No. 1.
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