KARA2: Towards a next generation sea ice forecasting platform covering the Barents and Kara Seas

Development of a new sea ice forecasting platform for the Barents/Kara Seas


The main objective of the present project is to propose a new tool for operational sea ice forecasting forecasting based on our new model neXtSIM developed at NERSC. With this new tool, we will be capable of providing a large variety of sea ice parameters over both the Barents and Kara Seas up to one week in advance with a resolution of ~1km.  

Project Summary

The main idea will be to develop a sea ice-only forecasting platform, which would be able to use in real time the ocean forecast provided by the TOPAZ system (or any other ocean model), the winds forecast provided by ECMWF and any available information about the ice cover state coming from another model, in-situ measurements or remote-sensed data from space. These latest can be the (thin) ice concentration derived from the AMSR-E satellite, the ice thickness from the SMOS satellite (for thin ice)... etc.

The simulated sea ice forecasts obtained from our new sea ice model will be outputted and processed on-the-fly to generate daily maps and numerical data in netcdf format of ice variables such as the drift, the deformation (leads/cracks, ridges), the ice cover level of damage, the concentration, the thickness ...), and will be downloaded on a server with free access from the web. For more details see the preliminary forecast site neXtSIM-F.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
TOTAL Exploration and Production Norge
NERSC Principal Investigator: 
Pierre Rampal
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
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