Articles | Volume 15, issue 12
The Cryosphere, 15, 5557–5575, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 5557–5575, 2021
Research article
10 Dec 2021
Research article | 10 Dec 2021

Wave dispersion and dissipation in landfast ice: comparison of observations against models

Joey J. Voermans et al.

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We have shown through field experiments that the amount of wave energy dissipated in landfast ice, sea ice attached to land, is much larger than in broken ice. By comparing our measurements against predictions of contemporary wave–ice interaction models, we determined which models can explain our observations and which cannot. Our results will improve our understanding of how waves and ice interact and how we can model such interactions to better forecast waves and ice in the polar regions.