Operational ice management

Software system for operational ice management

The purpose of the project is to develop a computerised system that will be used in connection with ice management and sea ice research. The system will be used for strategic and tactical decisions. It will be utilised in real-time navigation and positioning for continous monitoring of ice conditions around the ship. The result of the project is a software system to integrate satellite image, ice floes and ship position data together with a local ice drift forecasting model.

The software system has potential to be a useful tool for ice management in general, taken into account exploration of new resources in the Arctic. Examples are new gas findings in Barents Sea, geological surveys and transportation along the Northern Sea Route. In addition the tool is a prototype for next generation expert tool for icebreakers in the Baltic. The uniqueness of the product in comparison to what is available on the market are fast algorithms for large data sets as SAR imagery, real-time operations and high geometrical precision for dedicated applications.

Some of the Arctic projects managed by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, such as deep-sea drillings, have high demands on keeping the vessel in one certain position. Deep sea drilling requires high precision positioning and local ice drift forecasts to be able to minimise ship drift from a given position. In August 2004 SMHI and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat will participate in the high Arctic drilling project ACEX on the Lomonosov ridge and the resulting system will be used to support the crucial ice management around the drilling ship.

The software system is developed by Carmenta AB and ice drift forecast modells are developed by SMHI .

Senast uppdaterad: 26 maj 2009