Drifting Arctic sea ice archives changes in ocean surface conditions

Stephanie Pfirman, William Haxby, Hajo Eicken, Martin Jeffries, Dorothea Bauch

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δ18O profiles in drifting Arctic sea ice are coupled with back trajectories of ice drift and an ice growth model to reconstruct the surface hydrography of the Arctic Ocean interior. The results compare well with δ18O values obtained by traditional oceanographic methods and known water mass distributions. Analysis of the stable isotopic composition of sea ice floes sampled at strategic and relatively accessible locations, e.g., Fram Strait, could aid in mapping spatial and temporal variations in Arctic Ocean surface waters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L19401 1-4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 16 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • 1860 Hydrology: Runoff and streamflow
  • 1863 Hydrology: Snow and ice (1827)
  • 4207 Oceanography: General: Arctic and Antarctic oceanography
  • 4283 Oceanography: General: Water masses 4215 Oceanography: General: Climate and interannual variability (3309)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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