The International Research team which the Washington University’s researchers are leading has set up sensors under ice in Beaufort Sea for tracking melting ice in that region.
Usually the melting of ice is seen during summers and is constant up to the month of September for reaching the lowest cover.
The project has been funded by the US office of Naval Research so that the effect of weather on ice cover can be studied. Craig Lee, the Principal investigator, who is also an oceanographer at the Applied Physics Laboratory at University of Washington states that they are trying hard for resolving this physics in the entire melt season.
The research team is inclusive of members from Yale University, Cambridge University, Naval Research Laboratory, Korean Polar Research Institute, the British Antarctic Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Laboratoire d’ Oceanographie de Villefranche France.. In some previous research projects, it has been suggested by scientists that a large impact is faced by the ice sheet owing to waves that hit the shores. When the ice sheet is hit by the waves with high energy, it leads to breaking.
Then the broken pieces move towards the water, further increasing its impact. With these sensors, various factors relating to the ice sheets, ocean and atmosphere can be measured. A close watch will be kept by the research team on marginal ice zone, which is a region between solid ice and open water. These ice sheets are also being monitored with satellite images.