Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago
Length scales at which heterogeneities in sea ice affect wave propagation
The break-up of sea ice is caused by ocean-ice coupled waves. The mechanism by which this occurs and how it would be affected by climate changes are not well understood. Current models of wave propagation idealize the sea ice as a semi-infinite homogeneous plate. They explain many features of the wave propagation, but cannot give detailed quantitative predictions of the strain fields generated in real ice covers from a given incoming wave field.