Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA

Principal contact

Dr. Andrey Proshutinsky, email: aproshutinski at

Project web sites




Upward Looking Sonar on bottom anchored moorings


Four locations in the Beufort Sea (see map)

Time interval

September 2003 to August 2013

Data processing notes

Data were processed and calibrated by R. Kirshfield., WHOI. Statistical summaries were computed from the 2-sec data by R. Lindsay, PSC

V20130819: 2008, 2009, and 2010 moorings were added in May 2012. Significant new processing steps were required at WHOI to account for extensive open water seen in some periods.

V20140918: 2012-2013 added

Number of samples

462x10^6 2-sec point values, 371 monthly averages


Point data

On the BGEP web site:


We ask that the following acknowledgment be given when Beaufort Gyre Project data are used: "The data were collected and made available by the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (" If you are using Beaufort Gyre Project data, please provide us with a citation to include in our compilation of publications that utilize Beaufort Gyre data and send this to Andrey Proshutinsky and Rick Krishfield

You may also cite this paper:

Krishfield, R. A., A. Proshutinsky, K. Tateyama, W. J. Williams, E. C. Carmack, F. A. McLaughlin, and M.-L. Timmermans (2014), Deterioration of perennial sea ice in the Beaufort Gyre from 2003 to 2012 and its impact on the oceanic freshwater cycle, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, 1271–1305, doi:10.1002/2013JC008999.

See the BGEP publications list for a list of more publications and pdf files.


National Science Foundation The BGFE project is funded by the Office of Polar Programs grant numbers ARC-0230184, ARC-0424824, ARC-0532754, ARC-063399, ARC-0631951, ARC-0722694, ARC-0806115, ARC-0938137.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution WHOI is a private, nonprofit research facility dedicated to the study of marine science and to the education of marine scientists.




BGEP study narea map

BGEP study area with the four mooring locations marked as stars. (The dots are CTD stations.)

mooring design   

Mooring Design


npeo box plots

Box plots show the median (black) and the 5th, 25th, 75th, and 95th percentile values for each month. The colors indicate the month of the year.