The conjunction of waves and sea ice represents a serious threats for the offshore activities in the Marginal Ice Zone. WIFAR is introducing the effect of waves into operational forecast models of the coupled ice-ocean system.
The project is implemented over four years through 6 workpackages:
WP1: Development and validation of a wave-in-ice model based on theory by V. Squire's group in New Zealand. The model will be implemented for use in compbination with an operational ice-ocean model developed at NERSC, first as a heuristic, then as coupled model.
WP2: Operational ice-ocean model development with a new MIZ ice rheology aiming to provide improved forecasts of ice edge, concentration, thickness and drift.