Antarctic Drifting Buoy Experiments (1986-)

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Data holding centreScott Polar Research Institute
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom February 1986 to March 1987; from February 1989 to October 1991; from February 1992 to June 1992; from November 1992 to April 1993; from September 1994 onwards
Geographical area

Western Weddell Sea (1986/87); Most areas of Weddell Sea and around to 100degE (1989/91); South western and north western Weddell Sea (1992); Bellingshausen Sea (1992/93); Amundsen and Ross Seas (1994)


Air pressure; Air temperature; Wind strength and direction; Ice motion and related parameters; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Temperature of the water column


Anemometers; current meters; water temperature sensor; snow and ice samplers


Drifting buoys deployed in ice floes are used to track the floe movement and to measure the forcing parameters. The results are used to parameterise the nature of the ice cover and ice motion. The experiment has concentrated mainly on the Weddell Sea but some data have been obtained from the Bellingshausen Sea and eastwards as far as 100degE. The experiment is ongoing and has recently obtained data from the Bellingshausen, Amundsen and Ross Seas.

OriginatorsScott Polar Research Institute

Wadhams, P., Sear, C.B., Crane, D.R., Rowe, M.A., Morrison, S.J. and Limbert, D.W.S. (1989) Basin scale ice motion and deformation in the Weddell Sea during winter., Annals of Glaciology, 12, 178-186.; Barber, M. and Crane, D.R. (1995) Current flow in the north-west Weddell Sea., Antarctic Science, 7(1): 39-50.; Wadhams, P. and Crane, D.R. (1991) SPRI participation in the Winter Weddell Gyre Study 1989., Polar Record, 27, 29-38.; Rowe, M.A., Sear, C.B., Morrison, S.J., Wadhams, P., Limbert, D.W.S. and Crane, D.R. (1988) Periodic motions in Weddell Sea pack ice., Annals of Glaciology, 12, 145-151.; Crane, D.R. and Bull, D. (1991) Data report on the Weddell Ice Dynamics

Experiment., SPRI Sea Ice Group data report, 90-2.; Crane, D.R. and Wells, S. (1994) Sea ice kinematics data collection for use in empirical modelling., Proc. Oceanology International '94, Brighton, March 1994.; Brandon, M and Crane, D.R. (1992) SPRI participation in 'Nathaniel B. Palmer' 92-01., SIGMA, U.K. WOCE newsletter, issue 8, 6.

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OrganisationScott Polar Research Institute
AvailabilityBy negotiation

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Telephone+44 1223 336540
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1018002
Global identifier283
Last revised2009-10-15