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For the engineering design of underwater pipelines and communication cables in freezing seas, reliable estimates of the frequency and penetration depth of ice-keel scour on the seabed and shoreface are required. Underestimation of ice gouging intensity on the seabed can lead to the infrastructure damage, while overestimation leading to excessive burial depth raises the cost of construction. Here we present results from recent studies of ice gouge morphology in Baydaratskaya Bay, Kara Sea. The direct impact of ice gouging by floes on the seabed and shores is described, generalized and systematized: the depth of the gouges varies from the first centimeters up to 2 m; the most intensive ice gouging is observed near the fast ice rim, due to the maximum impact executed by ice ridges frozen into large floe. We propose a zonation of Baydaratskaya Bay based on the types of ice formation and the intensity of ice impacts on the coasts and sea floor.

About the Authors

Stanislav Ogorodov

Russian Federation
Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Leninskiye Gory; 119991 Moscow, Russia

Vasiliy Arkhipov

Russian Federation
Zubov State Oceanographic Institute, Kropotkinskiy pereulok, 6, 119034, Moscow, Russia

Osip Kokin

Russian Federation
Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Leninskiye Gory; 119991 Moscow, Russia

Aleksey Marchenko

The University Centre in Svalbard, Pb. 156 9171 Longyearbyen, Norway

Paul Overduin

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Telegrafenberg A43, 14473 Potsdam, Germany

Donald Forbes

Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfondland, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3X9, Canada


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For citations:

Ogorodov S., Arkhipov V., Kokin O., Marchenko A., Overduin P., Forbes D. ICE EFFECT ON COAST AND SEABED IN BAYDARATSKAYA BAY, KARA SEA. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2013;6(3):21-37.

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