Favorable book reviews in EOS and Polarforschung

The joint Norwegian Russian book "Remote Sensing of Sea Ice in the Northern Sea Route – Studies and Applications" by O. M. Johannessen, V. Yu. Alexandrov, I. Ye. Frolov, S. Sandven, L. H. Pettersson, L. P. Bobylev, K. Kloster, V. G. Smirnov, Ye. U. Mironov and N. G. Babich , was published by Springer-Praxis in 2007 and in Russian language by Nauka in 2008. This book has now been reviewed in the American Geophysical Union EOS Transactions and in the German Polarforschung.

The Northern Sea Route is the assembly of sailing routes in the Russian Arctic between the Barents Sea in the west and Bering Strait in the east, and is the shortest transit sailing route linking northwestern Europe and northeastern Asia. In winter the entire route is ice-covered, and even during the summer months parts can be ice-covered, significantly hampering navigation.
Sea ice monitoring and forecasting services, organized under the Russian Hydrometeorological Service, are important for ice navigation. Satellite data are at present the most important part of the input data to these services. Since 1991, a number of campaigns have been carried out to demonstrate how the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images can improve the ice information available on board the fleet of icebreakers which support safe and cost-effective ship transportation. The main project, ICEWATCH, was the first joint project in Earth Observation between European and Russian Space Agencies.

Remote Sensing of Sea Ice in the Northern Sea Route: Studies and Applications describes the use of satellite remote sensing data for sea ice monitoring in the Northern Sea Route. The book covers:
• History of the Northern Sea Route
• Sea ice conditions in the Arctic and in the Northern Sea Route
• Sea ice monitoring
• Satellite remote sensing of sea ice
• Sea-ice conditions observed from satellite remote-sensing data
• Application of SAR for ice navigation in the Northern Sea Route
• Climatic variability of sea ice in the Arctic
• Present state and future activities in the Northern Sea Route
Recent observations and future climate scenarios suggest that large parts of the Arctic will be ice-free during the summer months by the end of this century. This will open the way for increased shipping activities, and the book concludes by looking at possible future activities in the Northern Sea Route.

The book can be ordered at: http://www.praxis-publishing.co.uk/view.asp?id=236&search=home

The two reviews of the book can be found at:

ftp://ftp.nersc.no/pub/Lasse/PermanentFTP/2008EO270011.pdf