New sea ice forecasts for the Barents and Kara Seas

The Nansen Center is pleased to announce that a new sea ice forecasting platform called neXtSIM-F is now up and running for the Barents and Kara Seas.

Forecasts are generated daily using neXtSIM-F on a 3km Lagrangian grid. neXtSIM-F is based on the sea ice model neXtSIM which is currently being developed at NERSC by the sea ice modelling group.

Currently each forecast includes ice concentration, thickness, and the volume fraction of ridged ice. This will soon be expanded to include other diagnostics such as ice stress and drift convergence.

The latest forecast can be downloaded from the following ftp server:

More info about the forecasts is available here.