Research Note

Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 177-195

First online:

An ice breeze mechanism for boundary-layer jets

  • Rolf H. LanglandAffiliated withNaval Environmental Prediction Research Facility
  • , Paul M. TagAffiliated withNaval Environmental Prediction Research Facility
  • , Robert W. FettAffiliated withNaval Environmental Prediction Research Facility

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The existence of a low-level (z=~1000 m) jet adjacent to a sea-ice boundary is investigated with a two-dimensional numerical model. A thermally-direct ice breeze circulation is induced by specifying an ice-sea surface temperature gradient, with the mean geostrophic wind parallel to the ice edge. Pressure changes associated with over-water mixed-layer development create an increase in geostrophic velocity that accounts for most of the increase in wind speed. A change in initial geostrophic wind direction has significant effects on location and intensity of the low-level jet; geostrophic winds parallel to the ice edge result in stronger jets than occur with cross-ice geostrophic winds. An inertial oscillation simulated by the model in 1-D makes a negligible contribution to the low-level jet.