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Summary of Proposal OCE3382

TitleThe Metocean Properties of Sub-Antarctic and Arctic Waters and Sea Ice
Investigator Jacobsen, Sven - German Aerospace Center (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Team Member
Mr. Schwarz, Egbert - German Aerospace Center (DLR), German Remote Sensing Data Center
Dr. Singha, Suman - German Aerospace Center (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Dr. Pleskachevsky, Andrey - German Aerospace Center (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Dr. Gebhardt, Claus - German Aerospace Center (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Insitute
Mrs. Schättler, Birgit - German Aerospace Center (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Dr. MacHutchon, Keith - Coastal Marine Technology (Pty) Ltd, N/A
SummaryWaves in the Southern Ocean are the biggest on theplanet and exert extreme stresses on the coastline of Sub-Antarctic Islands andthe pack ice of the Antarctic. Wave models of the area are not well calibrated,because of the lack of field data, and consequently they perform poorly in theSouthern Ocean. This situation significantly undermines the currentunderstanding of the very dynamic ocean and coastal environments and theability to protect them. The project will provide the most advanced metoceandatabase for the Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters, and it will also establishthe most comprehensive assessment of the wave environment in the Southernocean. The project outcomes will be used to build newwave physics, in particular, wave-current and wave-ice interactions, into the WAVEWATCHIII model. The new physics will be fully calibrated and validated using thedataset.

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