ICESCAPE Science

ICESCAPE is a highly interdisciplinary program that combines field-based observations of Arctic Ocean biology and biogeochemistry with state-of-the-art satellite remote sensing and numerical modeling activities. Together, these three approaches afford the potential to substantially broaden our understanding of Arctic Ocean ecosystems.

The field component of ICESCAPE will add critical new insights into the optical properties of the sea ice and upper ocean as well as into rates of biogeochemical transformations within the carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles. Moreover, it will add significantly to the currently sparse datasets that are sorely needed to develop improved algorithms for detecting ecosystem changes in both the sea ice and the open ocean and for developing improved models.

High quality long-term satellite observations of sea ice cover, ocean color, and sea surface temperature will allow us characterize ongoing changes in the Arctic Ocean and to interpret our field observations in a broader spatial and temporal context.

New numerical ecosystem models that are parameterized using data collected in the field will be used as a tool to both understand how these systems operate and predict how these systems might respond to future environmental changes.

Kevin Arrigo, Chief Scientist Phytoplankton physiology, primary productivity
Don Perovich, Co-Chief Scientist Sea ice distribution, optical properties, and physical structure
Nick Bates Inorganic carbon chemistry
Karen Frey Ice optical properties and dissolved organic matter characterization
Robert Frouin Atmospheric correction, ocean color from space
Stan Hooker Ocean optical properties
Sam Laney Particle imaging & phytoplankton taxonomic composition
Greg Mitchell Ocean optical properties, phytoplankton physiology, primary productivity
Rick Reynolds Particle size distribution and optical properties
Mike Steele Physical oceanography, ARGO floats
Jinlun Zhang Numerical ecosystem modeling of sea ice and the open ocean