SCICEX: The US Navy Submarine Arctic Science Program
The SCience ICe EXercise (SCICEX) program is a collaboration between the US Navy and the marine research community to use nuclear-powered submarines for scientific studies of the Arctic Ocean. Unlike surface ships, submarines have the unique ability to operate and take measurements regardless of sea ice cover and weather conditions. The goal of the program is to acquire comprehensive data about Arctic sea ice, water properties (biological, chemical, and hydrographic), and water depth (bathymetry) to improve our understanding of the Arctic Ocean basin and its role in Earth's climate system. This brochure provides an introduction to SCICEX.