Publication Date

Fall 10-15-2018

Abstract

Accurate simulations of Arctic sea ice are important for forecasting as well as for understanding the global climate. However, quantitative measures for simulation displacements are underutilized. We present five such measures proposed as being useful in the validation of simulated sea ice displacements. Using drifting buoy and satellite measurements of sea ice motion as observation, we apply the metrics in a comparison of observed displacements and predicted displacements from the Arctic sea ice simulation MPM\_ice. We find the metric scores are useful for comparing simulations and observations. The metrics also brought to light problems in the simulation MPM_ice, demonstrating their utility in validation of simulated displacements.

Degree Name

Mathematics

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Mathematics & Statistics

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Deborah Sulsky

Second Committee Member

Dr. Gunter Leguy

Third Committee Member

Dr. Helen Wearing

Language

English

Keywords

Sea ice, displacement, buoy, RADARSAT, model validation, MPM_ice, Material-Point Method

Document Type

Thesis

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