The Alaskan Beaufort Sea

The Alaskan Beaufort Sea

Ecosystems and Environments

1st Edition - December 4, 1984

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  • Editors: Peter W. Barnes, Donald M. Schell, Erk Reimnitz
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268392

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The Alaskan Beaufort Sea: Ecosystems and Environments provides an interdisciplinary view into almost all aspects of the environment, with a detailed survey of the background literature. This book focuses on the Alaskan Beaufort Shelf environment. Organized into four parts encompassing 20 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the characteristics and history of the region in which the research took place and defines the objectives of the studies program. This text then examines the subsynoptic meteorological networks along the Beaufort Sea coast and shelf. Other chapters consider the thermally generated mesoscale effects on surface winds and the orographic mesoscale effects on surface winds. This book discusses as well the phytoplankton associations and relative phytoplankton production in the area between the 20-m depth contour and the edge of the ice in summer. The final chapter deals with the characteristics of the ice cover and oil-ice interactions that will affect cleanup activities after blowout. This book is a valuable resource for scientists and conservationists.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    The Beaufort Sea: Background, History, and Perspective

    The Environment

    Mesoscale Wind Phenomena along the Alaskan Beaufort Sea Coast

    The Beaufort Undercurrent

    Observations and Analyses of Sediment-Laden Sea Ice

    Beaufort Sea Ice Motions

    Structure of First-Year Pressure Ridge Sails in the Prudhoe Bay Region

    Fast Ice Sheet Deformation During Ice-Push and Shore Ice Ride-Up

    Pack Ice Interaction with Stamukhi Shoal, Beaufort Sea, Alaska

    Ice Gouging Characteristics and Processes

    Some Probabilistic Aspects of Ice Gouging on the Alaskan Shelf of the Beaufort Sea

    Determining Distribution Patterns of Ice-Bonded Permafrost in the U.S. Beaufort Sea from Seismic Data

    Acoustic Velocities of Nearshore Materials in the Alaskan Beaufort and Chukchi Seas

    Sediment Characteristics of the Lagoons of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea Coast and Evolution of Simpson Lagoon

    Biological Interactions

    Phytoplankton Abundance, Chlorophyll a, and Primary Productivity in the Western Beaufort Sea

    An Annual Carbon Budget for an Arctic Kelp Community

    Bacterial Populations of the Beaufort Sea

    Trophic Dynamics in an Arctic Lagoon

    Trophic Relationships of Vertebrate Consumers in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea

    Ecology of Shorebirds in the Alaskan Beaufort Littoral Zone

    The Pelagic and Nearshore Birds of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea: Biomass and Trophics

    Man's Interaction

    Interaction of Oil and Arctic Sea Ice


Product details

  • No. of pages: 482
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: December 4, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268392

About the Editors

Peter W. Barnes

Donald M. Schell

Erk Reimnitz

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