Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Physics of Oceans and Atmospheres

Roger M. Samelson

Arctic Meteorology and Oceanography

arctic Nares Strait, a narrow channel between Ellesmere Island and Greenland, is an important conduit for the exchange of ice and freshwater between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. Nares Strait connects the Lincoln Sea in the north to Baffin Bay in the south, and includes Robeson Channel, Hall Basin, Kennedy Channel, Kane Basin, and Smith Sound. At 500 km long and nominally 35 km wide, with channel walls of 500-2000 m, it may also be the largest natural wind "tunnel" in the world. With colleagues at CEOAS and elsewhere, I am investigating the meteorology and oceanography of this harsh but spectacularly beautiful region.


Comment (correction) re Hibler, 1977, JGR
16 July 2012 - Petermann Gletscher calves again!
Nares Strait ocean circulation modeling (web page of E. Shroyer, CEOAS)
Polar and high latitude science at Oregon State University
Ocean/Ice-Shelf/Ice-Sheet Workshop - December 2012
Canadian Arctic Throughflow Study (CATS - NSF)

Recent Publications

Shroyer, E. L., R. M. Samelson, L. Padman, and A. Münchow. Modeled ocean circulation in Nares Strait and its dependence on landfast-ice cover. J. Geophys. Res., submitted.

Wilkinson, J.P, P. Gudmandsen, S. Hanson, R. Saldo, and R.M. Samelson, 2009. Hans Island: meteorological data from an international borderline. EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, 90, 190-191.

Samelson, R. M., and P. L. Barbour, 2008. Low-level jets, orographic channeling, and extreme events in Nares Strait: a model-based mesoscale climatology. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 4746-4759, doi: 10.1175/2007MWR2326.1.

Samelson, R. M., T. Agnew, H. Melling, and A. Münchow, 2006. Evidence for atmospheric control of sea-ice motion through Nares Strait. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L02506, doi:10.1029/2005GL025016.