Chukchi Beaufort Circulation Study

Project Description

Our overall goal is to provide an improved understanding of the physical oceanography of the Northeastern Chukchi shelf and exchanges between the Chukchi/Beaufort shelves and the adjacent basin by synthesizing new and existing data sets. Field components consist of drifters, gliders (AUVs), high-frequency radars (HFRs), a meteorological buoy, a high-resolution cruise survey, and year-round moorings.

Project Funding

AOOS/IOOS, BOEM, CIAP, CIMES, ConocoPhillips Alaska, North Slope Borough, Shell Oil Company
Start Date: 0000-00-00
End Date: 0000-00-00



Publications and products

Ying-Chih Fang, T. J. Weingartner, R. A. Potter, P. R. Winsor, and H. Statscewich. (2015). "Quality Assessment of HF Radar Derived Surface Currents Using Optimal Interpolation".  J. Atmos. Ocean Technol. 32:282-296.
doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00109.1

T. Weingartner, E. Dobbins, S. Danielson, P. Winsor, R. Potter and H. Statscewich. (2013). "Hydrographic variability over the northeastern Chukchi Sea shelf in summer-fall 2008-2010". Continental Shelf Research.
doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.012

Mary-Louise Timmermans and P. Winsor . (2012). "Scales of horizontal density structure in the Chukchi Sea surface layer".  Cont. Shelf. Res.. 52:39-45.
doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2012.10.015



Research Team

Thomas Weingartner

Thomas Weingartner

Principal Investigator

Professor Emeritus


  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physical oceanography of Alaskan continental shelves and slopes.
  • Interdisciplinary marine research
  • Wind- and buoyancy-forced shelf circulation systems

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Peter Winsor

Peter Winsor

Co-Principal Investigator

Associate Professor


  • Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Physical Oceanography

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Co-Principal Investigators

Robert Pickart


Research Staff

Elizabeth Dobbins

Cayman Irvine

Brita Irving

Rachel Potter

Hank Statscewich

Steve Sweet

Ying-Chih Fang

Kofan Lu