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Hudson River Ice Climatology

Hudson Ice February 2011

Hudson Ice February 2011

About the Project

Compilation of observed ice data probabilistic statistics (ice thickness, percent ice cover, and ice types) based on United States Coast Guard (USCG) daily ice reports along the tidal Hudson River during ice season (December to March). The ice thickness and ice cover area climatology was produced by fitting Generalized Extreme Value Cumulative Distribution Functions (GEV CDFs) to the empirical mean daily data for each ice region, when ice was present and reported.

Ice Data from 2006-2012 can be found on the NYS Clearinghouse Website, under Hudson River Ice Climatology.

 

Information about and Constraints on the Use of this Dataset

This ice climatology dataset is based on a compilation of daily USCG ice reports, which have a limited history and scope and are empirical. It should not be thought of as an accurate description of ice conditions at any given year. Use at your own risk. The extensive metadata information accompanying this GIS layer should be read and understood. The scope here is to provide a probabilistic picture of the regional ice climatology in the Hudson to address the paucity of ice information and assist engineers knowledgeable of ice engineering techniques (for example, the United States Army Corp of Engineers Manual on Ice Engineering and other documents may be found here.) The uncertainty around the climatology itself is statistically expected to be within a factor of two of the reported regional ice thickness percentiles. The expansion of the underlying methodology to include future data should decrease this uncertainty further. Finally, for the effects of the seasonal ice cover to Hudson River hydrodynamics (currents, water levels, and mixing) one may read the following journal article “Large Seasonal Modulation of Tides Due to Ice Cover Friction In a Mid-Latitude Estuary” listed in Resources below.

 

Resources

Georgas, Nickitas. (Mar 2012). “Large Seasonal Modulation of Tides Due to Ice Cover Friction In a Mid-Latitude Estuary”, Journal of Physical Oceanography, American Meteorological Society. 3 (42), 352-369.

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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