Scattering of ice-coupled waves by variable sea-ice terrain
Abstract:The reflection and transmission of ice-coupled waves under a sea-ice sheet is re-examined in this work. Recent theory can account for inhomogeneities in ice sheets such as the sails of pressure ridges and cracks or leads, but has only examined small numbers of features. Here the scattering coefficients can be obtained for an ice sheet containing a region of arbitrarily varying thickness that more closely approximates a real ice sheet and, consequently, models wave scattering more effectively. We explore the consequences of inverting ridge keels, placing the mass above the ice sheet as a technique by which the keel can be partially accounted for. It is found that the ridge sails themselves can reasonably be neglected. Upward-looking submarine sonar data are used to demonstrate the use of the model, noting that there are choices as to how to interpret such data. The model is tested to establish its sensitivity to these choices.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2006
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