Sea Ice Modelling

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SWARP: Ships and Waves Reaching Polar Regions

SWARP develops downstream services for sea ice and waves forecasting in the Arctic Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ). SWARP will integrate the new met-ocean services into contingency planning and onboard navigation softwares

SWARP will develop downstream services for sea ice and waves forecasting in the Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) in the Arctic. Waves in ice are one of the most hazardous phenomena for vessels and industrial activities in the polar seas, but there are presently no services providing any information about either the waves themselves or their effects on the ice state (in particular the distribution of ice floe sizes). The monitoring and forecasting systems developed in SWARP aim to become operational by the middle of the project, filling a gap in the present marine services of Copernicus.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
European Commission
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Timothy Williams
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Completed

CORESAT: Combined remote and in situ study of sea ice thickness and motion in the Fram Strait

About understanding sea ice thickness and drift distribution in the Fram Strait region

The project will improve our understanding of the sea ice thickness and sea ice drift distribution in the Fram Strait region, which has a high impact on the local Arctic and global climate.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
Coordinating Institute: 
NORSK POLARINSTITUTT
Project Status: 
Completed

Pierre Rampal laureate of "le prix de La Recherche"

Dr. Pierre Rampal receives the "le Prix de La Recherche"  in Paris.Dr. Pierre Rampal receives the "le Prix de La Recherche" in Paris.Nansen Center scientist Dr. Pierre Rampal has received on Tuesday 23rd October in Paris "le Prix de La Recherche" (9th edition) in the category Environment, for his article published in 2011 in Journal of Geophysical Research:

Pierre Rampal

Pierre Rampal Portrait
Area of Expertise: 
geophysics
sea ice

My research focuses on sea ice physics, variability and forecast. I also look at the interactions between sea ice and the other components of the climate system, with a particular interest on the Arctic region. I have expertise in both sea ice modelling and observations statistical analysis, as well as some experience in data assimilation.

Job Position: 
Research Leader
Research Group: 
Sea Ice Modelling
E-mail: 
Phone: 
+47 450 66 182

WIFAR: Waves-in-Ice Forecasting for Arctic Operators

The conjunction of waves and sea ice represents a serious threats for the offshore activities in the Marginal Ice Zone. WIFAR is introducing the effect of waves into operational forecast models of the coupled ice-ocean system.

The project is implemented over four years through 6 workpackages:

WP1: Development and validation of a wave-in-ice model based on theory by V. Squire's group in New Zealand. The model will be implemented for use in compbination with an operational ice-ocean model developed at NERSC, first as a heuristic, then as coupled model.

WP2: Operational ice-ocean model development with a new MIZ ice rheology aiming to provide improved forecasts of ice edge, concentration, thickness and drift.

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Timothy Williams
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Completed

Timothy Williams

Timothy Williams Staff Picture
Area of Expertise: 
mathematics
sea ice

My main expertise is in applied mathematics, modelling water wave propagation in the presence of floating bodies (like ice sheets, for example). I have other interests in elasticity, wave propagation in random media, and mathematical techniques such as the Wiener-Hopf and residue calculus techniques. I am currently working on including the interactions between waves and sea ice in the new sea ice model neXtSIM that is being developed at NERSC.

Job Position: 
Researcher
Research Group: 
Sea Ice Modelling
E-mail: 
Phone: 
+47 465 48 931

Anton Korosov

Anton Korosov Portrait
Area of Expertise: 
computer science
oceanography
remote sensing
sea ice
  • Development of the BOREALI algorithm for the retrieval of water quality parameters from the optical remote sensing data.

Job Position: 
Researcher
Research Group: 
Ocean and Sea Ice Remote Sensing
Sea Ice Modelling
E-mail: 
Phone: 
+47 413 34 568
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