A Study of Long-Term Satellite-Tracked Iceberg Drifts in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait

  • J.R. Marko
  • J.R. Birch
  • M.A. Wilson
Keywords: Detection, Ice scouring, Icebergs, Movement, Ocean currents, Satellite photography, Baffin Bay-Davis Strait


Long-term, satellite-tracked iceberg trajectories were analyzed relative to the larger spatial and temporal scales of iceberg drift in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. Berg movements were concentrated in the core of the Baffin Current which flows along the continental slope in a primarily southerly direction. The net rate of southward movements was found to be governed by a combination of grounding and landfast ice entrapment which tended to be of particular significance in areas of the coastal shelf adjacent to major submarine canyon systems.

Key words: Baffin Bay, Davis Strait, icebergs, satellite-tracking