Satellite-based ice management for the Northern Sea Route

Lead Author Leonid, Bobylev
Institution Contact Scientific Foundation “Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre” (Nansen Centre, NIERSC) ADDRESS 14th Line 7, Office 49, Vasilievsky Island, 199034 St. Petersburg, RUSSIA www.niersc.spb.ru Tel./Fax: +7 (812) 324 51 02 Tel.: +7 (812) 324 51 03 E-mail: adm@niersc.spb.ru
Co-Authors Leonid Bobylev, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC), Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC); Stein Sandven, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC); Vladimir Volkov, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC); Victoria Khmeleva, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC); Anna Vesman, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC), Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI); Denis Demchev, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC), Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI); Mohamed Babiker, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC); Alexandra Mushta, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC); Kirill Smirnov, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NIERSC).
Theme Theme 1: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments
Session Name 1.8 Novel approaches to communicate research facts and predictions of the future of Arctic marine biota to non-scientific stakeholders
Datetime Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Northern Sea Route (NSR) is becoming more and more perspective region for navigation, oil and gas industry, fishery and tourism from year to year. Sea ice conditions at this route are variable. Location of the fast ice, ice edge, polynyas, ice drift characteristics are different in every year. Therefore, the operational ice management at the NSR is crucially important. The main goal of presented research is creating the consolidated daily updated system for sea ice management at the Northern Sea Route as an interactive online tool based on satellite and modelling data for sea ice condition analysis.
The created system includes collecting and archiving satellite data and data of numerical models, as well as their processing for obtaining information about ice characteristics. One of the major components of the system is acquiring Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and high-resolution optical satellite images from various satellites. Core information is provided by SAR data (e.g., Sentinel-1 satellite). Then these images are processed by developed at the Nansen Centres in St. Petersburg and Bergen techniques for ice-water and ice types classification, sea ice drift retrieval to map mesoscale ice motion and deformation fields, as well as iceberg detection.
This system is created for supporting marine operation. Particularly, it can help to find sailing routes through open leads or thin ice and avoid areas with ridges and other difficult ice conditions. Key user groups of created system might be shipping companies, oil and gas companies, operational met-ocean services, coastal and ship traffic authorities, risk management and environmental organizations working in the region of the Northern Sea Route.
This work is supported by the subsidy from the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation for the implementation of project “Ships and Waves Reaching Polar Regions” (Agreement No. 14.618.21.0005, Unique project ID: RFMEFI61815X0005).
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