Arctic Oil Spills in Relationship to Sea Ice Motion

by Warren W. Denner, Science Applications Int Corp, Monterey, CA, USA,
James K. Lewis, Science Applications Int Corp, Monterey, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Arctic Offshore


Sea ice on a scale of a few kilometers must be treated as a granular material rather than a continuum. The floes are in nearly constant motion relative to a fixed frame and each other. Presented are techniques for representing the components of motion - translation, divergence, vorticity, shear and normal deformation, and discuss the importance of this representation in dealing with oil spills in ice covered waters.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Sea ice | Water pollution | Shear deformation | Motion (dynamics) | Ice | Offshore platforms | Arctic

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