Title

Autonomous Observations of Light and Temperature under the Arctic Ice Pack from a Buoy Deployed in 2018

Description/Abstract/Artist Statement

As part of the Arctic Observing Network, an ice-tethered buoy was deployed in first year sea ice in the Spring of 2018. The buoy measured light, temperature, salinity and phytoplankton biomass within and under the ice through the spring. The buoy captured the complex light field that developed during the spring ice melt, as well as increased phytoplankton in the water column that represented the spring bloom. The data from the buoys provides unprecedented observations of the upper water column under current ice pack conditions, increasing in our understanding of the physical, biological and chemical impacts of a thinner and more fractured ice pack.

Presenting Author Name/s

Julianne Jones, Hannah Hayes, Jordyn Leeper

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Victoria Hill

College Affiliation

College of Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster

Disciplines

Oceanography

Session Title

Poster Session

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

Start Date

3-19-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

3-19-2022 11:00 AM

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Autonomous Observations of Light and Temperature under the Arctic Ice Pack from a Buoy Deployed in 2018

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

As part of the Arctic Observing Network, an ice-tethered buoy was deployed in first year sea ice in the Spring of 2018. The buoy measured light, temperature, salinity and phytoplankton biomass within and under the ice through the spring. The buoy captured the complex light field that developed during the spring ice melt, as well as increased phytoplankton in the water column that represented the spring bloom. The data from the buoys provides unprecedented observations of the upper water column under current ice pack conditions, increasing in our understanding of the physical, biological and chemical impacts of a thinner and more fractured ice pack.