Atlas of Antarctice Sea Ice and Icebergs

by Albert A. Romanov, Edited by Alfred Tunik

isbn 0-9644311-6-5 US$495.00 :: ©1998

Softbound :: 176 pages :: 9"x11" 109 charts :: 19 tables :: 11 figs. :: 48 refs

This atlas-monograph is a major data source and scientific outline of the Antarctic sea ice, icebergs and navigational conditions. In addition to the American and Russian satellite data used, it presents the charts and statistics based on virtually all Russian data: shipborne, airborne and collected in-situ for three decades. A great deal of attention is paid to the Antarctic recurring polynyas, their classification, origination, development and life cycles - a topic still virtually unexplored in literature. Icing of small ships is another important topic of this book, as well as the technique of assessing ice cover suitability for cargo unloading, gained from common Russian practice. The Atlas consists of a monograph with two chapters and 109 charts:

Chapter 1. Characteristics of Antarctic Ice (conditions of ice formation, drifting sea ice extent, concentration, thickness, floe size, ridging and snow cover, iceberg classification, distribution and dimensions, drift of sea ice and icebergs, drifting speeds and zones of probable accumulation and divergence, Atlantic, Pacific and Balleny ice massifs and their structure, fast ice growth, thawing, and thickness, definitions and criteria of recurring polynyas and their classification, table of 110 recurring polynyas.

Chapter 2. Navigation in Antarctic Sea Ice (icing of ships, ship navigation in drifting sea ice, in fast ice, in iceberg infested waters, criteria for assessment of navigational conditions, recommended routes and navigational periods, characteristics of Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific sectors, cargo unloading and transportation on the Antarctic ice. The author, Dr. Albert A. Romanov (1938-1997) has for decades been a leading Russian expert on Antarctic navigation who participated in and led many AARI research expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic seas, as well as in a number of foreign expeditions in the late 1980's and early 1990's.