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Ice gouge processes in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea

Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering Monograph

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Abstract

A generalized picture of ice gouge characteristics from shallow inshore depths to the outer shelf at about 60 m of water is presented. Data from recent studies show that the size and quantity of gouging increases in an offshore direction to depths of about 45 m where this trend then reverses and the features decrease in size and quantity as the shelf break is approached. Ice gouges are oriented east-west and this suggests that most gouging is caused by ice approaching from the east, possibly driven by the Beaufort Sea gyre. The most intense gouging occurs in the stamukhi zone, between 20 and 40 m of water, and is caused by a high rate of ice keel production owing to shearing forces between mobile and stable sea ice. Inshore of the stamukhi zone, ice gouging still presents a significant hazard but their greatly decreased size and number make it possible to design against this hazard.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Ice gouge processes in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea
Series title:
Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering Monograph
ISBN:
0872626393; 0872626393
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering Monograph
First page:
85
Last page:
107