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Aiden Pons

Studying for Master of Science

Area of study:
Simulating ocean waves in the Ross Sea marginal ice zone using WaveWatch III

Supervisor: Fabien Montiel


Email: ponai238@student.otago.ac.nz  


Thesis: Simulating ocean waves in the Ross Sea marginal ice zone using WaveWatch III

Supervisor: Fabien Montiel

Previous Qualification:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (First-Class Honours) University of Canterbury

Between April and July 2017, a research vessel navigated through the marginal ice zone (MIZ) in the Ross Sea and deployed an array of 15 wave sensors to record wave activity during the sea ice growing season. Analysis of the sensor data showed that the rate of wave energy decay through the marginal ice zone depends non-trivially on the sea ice properties (e.g. concentration, fragmentation, thickness, ...) and the wave period, indicating that an interplay of physical processes is causing the observed wave decay patterns.

I will use the global wave model WaveWatch III (WW3) to conduct a hindcast simulation of wave climate in the Ross Sea during this three-month observation period and determine regimes, depending on ice and wave conditions, in which the different physical processes dominate.