Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 25, Issue 2–3, pp 98–109

Observed storminess patterns and trends in the circum-Arctic coastal regime


DOI: 10.1007/s00367-004-0191-0

Cite this article as:
Atkinson, D.E. Geo-Mar Lett (2005) 25: 98. doi:10.1007/s00367-004-0191-0


Storm event statistics for the open-water season (June–October) were extracted from the terrestrial-based observational record throughout the circumpolar coastal regime over the period 1950–2000. The Barents/Norwegian and Kara regions exhibited an active spring/quiet summer signature typical of the mid-latitudes. The Kara and Laptev Sea regions had a strong June peak possibly associated with early sea ice breakup. The Chukchi sector exhibited large storm power values (defined as speed2*duration). Storm counts declined from 1950 to 1970, shifted rapidly from 1970 to 1974 to a level of greater mean activity and greater inter-annual variability, and declined after 1988.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bedford Institute of OceanographyGeological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)DartmouthCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, International Arctic Research CenterUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbankUSA

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