Successful POLAR ICE demo proves value of sea ice information

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February 6, 2015

Ice drift information products and ice forecasts deemed extremely valuable to Danish Meteorological Institute for site sampling.

The POLAR ICE team conducted an internal demonstration at the Danish Meteorological Institute during the first week of February 2015 to test a range of ice information products and the project’s integration and visualization systems. A series of oil and gas sampling surveys were simulated to take place in Baffin Bay off the coast of Greenland. In areas of drifting ice this requires meticulous planning to execute, as the icebreaker has to start clearing the area well before it will drift onto the sampling site. Furthermore, the area has to be large enough to remain open during the sampling which typically takes 2-6 hours. This whole operation makes ice drift information products and ice forecasts extremely valuable.

Click here for more information on the POLAR ICE project. POLAR ICE is supported by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Icebreaker in Baffin Bay

An icebreaker in the Baffin Bay region clears a sampling site by running full speed in circles.

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