New funding for forecasting of waves in sea ice

The Research Council of Norway has selected the project “Waves-in-Ice Forecasting for Arctic Operators (WIFAR)” to be funded under the PETROMAKS program from 2010.

The primary objective of WIFAR is to develop new knowledge, observations and models of sea ice waves in the Arctic Ocean. Knowledge of the behaviour of waves in sea ice is poorly known and WIFAR will lead to better understanding of the impact of these waves on operations and activities in ice-covered waters. Sea ice waves represent a severe risk for personnel, installations operating in the marginal ice zone (MIZ). To minimize the risk for accidents during operations in these areas, a wave and sea ice forecast capability will be developed. In WIFAR this knowledge will be used for risk assessment and preparedness for end-users.

The expected outcome of WIFAR is a new observing and modelling system for sea ice and waves in the MIZ. The project will provide data sets from field experiments, modelling systems including real-time forecasts, and validation of the modelling systems. Finally, the project will provide recommendations for future met-ocean monitoring and forecasting in the marginal ice zone.

WIFAR will be implemented by a consortium lead by the Nansen Center in Bergen and in cooperation with University of Otago and National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research both in New Zealand as well as the oil & gas company TOTAL E&P. Two post-doc positions will be available in WIFAR.

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