sea ice

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ARCONOR: Arctic cooperation between Norway, Russia, India, China and US in satellite Earth observation and Education

Research and higher education related to sea ice, environment, climate change, and operational conditions in the Arctic Ocean focusing on the Northern Sea Route.

The Arctic Ocean has obtained increased international attention due to changing sea ice conditions facilitating the accessibility, as well as the exploitation of its natural resources (minerals, fisheries), energy (oil, gas), and new sailing routes that are creating new challenges and opportunities. Although transportation into, within and/or through the Arctic waters has been on the agenda for several decades, the Arctic is not yet an arena for large-scale international marine transportation.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Stein Sandven
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Ongoing

RG5-LF: An improved Arctic-wide winter lead-fraction dataset over 2002–2015 for climate-oriented studies and model development

The project is devoted to improvement of lead fraction retrievals in the Arctic from satellites. These will then be used to study processes such as heat exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere and brine rejection during the ice formation.

Participants: N. Ivanova, P. Rampal, S. Bouillon, E. Ólason (NERSC), I. Fer, L.H Smedsrud (GFI), and M. Ilicak (Uni-Research)

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Centre for Climate Dynamics - Research Council of Norway
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Completed

SONARC: Development of sea ice monitoring and forecasting system to support safe operations and navigation in Arctic Seas

SONARC is a NORRUSS project contributing to research cooperation between Norway and Russia with focus on satellite technology for safe navigation and maritime operations in the Arctic. SONARC was running from April 2015 to November 2018

The main objective of SONARC is to develop a sea ice monitoring and forecasting system to support safe operations and navigation in Arctic Seas. SONARC has exploited Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data from satellites as a major component of this system. From 2015 Sentinel-1 has been the main provider of SAR data, deliverig data every day in near realtime for monitoring of sea ice and other environmental parameters.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Lasse H. Pettersson
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Completed

New record minimum ice extent in the Arctic and it is still melting rapidly

Arctic sea ice area (upper) an ice extent (lower) during the years 2007 to 2012 per 25th August, 2012 as reported at the Nansen Center’s European ice information service.   Source: Nansen Center/ www.arctic-roos.org.Arctic sea ice area (upper) an ice extent (lower) during the years 2007 to 2012 per 25th August, 2012 as reported at the Nansen Center’s European ice information service. Source: Nansen Center/ www.arctic-roos.org.A record minimum sea ice area in the Arctic is observed now in August 2012 and the ice is still melting rapidly.

Arctic sea ice shrinks to record low, by some estimates

 By Alister Doyle

OSLO | Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:15pm EDT

 

(Reuters) - The area of ice in the Arctic Ocean has thawed to a record low, surpassing the previous 2007 minimum in a sign of climate change transforming the region, according to some scientific estimates.

Arctic sea ice research

Scientists from the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center have started a pioneering research project in the Arctic Ocean.

Isforskning i Arktis

Forskere fra Nansen Senter for Miljø og Fjernmåling har startet et banebrytende forskningsprosjekt i Arktis.

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