Sea Ice Research

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We have developed a new sea ice constitutive model based on an elastic-decohsive approach that explicitly accounts for leads. Kinematic tests and comparison with RGPS data have been used to validate the model.

MPM Simulations

The material-point method ( MPM ) combined with the elastic-decohesive constitutive model, has been used to study lead opening in the Arctic pack ice. The elastic-decohesive model explicitly represents leads. The figure below compares lead opening inferred from RGPS data (left) and predicted lead opening computed using MPM and the elastic-decohesive model.



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Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of New Mexico.

Last updated: March, 2006
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