Ukrainian Antarctic journal

No 8 (2009): Ukrainian Antarctic Journal

Seasonal and interannual variability of the Weddell Polynya on the monthly average climatic data on sea ice closeness

Ju. V. Artamonov
Marine Hydrophysical Institute of NAS of Ukraine, Sevastopol
A. A. Bukatov
Marine Hydrophysical Institute of NAS of Ukraine, Sevastopol
V. N. Eremeyev
Oceanographic Center of NAS of Ukraine, Sevastopol
E. A. Skripaleva
Marine Hydrophysical Institute of NAS of Ukraine, Sevastopol
Published December 16, 2009
  • Southern Ocean,
  • Weddell Gyre,
  • Maud Rise,
  • sea ice closeness,
  • Weddell Polynia,
  • climatic seasonal cycle,
  • interannual variability,
  • Antarctic Circumpolar Wave
  • ...More


On the base of data on sea ice closeness seasonal and interannual Weddell Polynia variability is analyzed. Values of sea ice closeness (in percent) in 1°x1° grid for the period 1969-2008 from data set of British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) HadISST ICE and NCEP Data are used. For Southern Ocean sector between 60°S and Antarctica coast and 10°W-10°E for each year monthly average summary areas with ice various closeness are calculated. Here occurrence of Weddell Polynia is most probable. It is shown, that in average annual climatic ice field different closeness Weddell Polynia is shown in decrease of 35-45 % ice closeness in area between 60-65°S and 0-20°E. In climatic seasonal cycle Weddell Polynia is observed in November-December as closed space of ice with closeness decrease by 20-30%. This space separated from open Ocean by the crosspiece of solid-ice. In this area the maximum of annual harmonic amplitude in seasonal variability of sea ice closeness is marked. Climatic seasonal scheme of Weddell Polynia forming undergoes significant interannual variability, which is connected with large-scale variability in the ocean-atmosphere system due to Antarctic Circumpolar Wave.