On August 20–21, NArFU hosted the working meeting of “ Ice Operations”, an international project supported by grant funding of Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020 programme.
The meeting was contributed by the project partners – academic and business organizations in Norway (Northern Research Institute NORUT), Sweden (Luleå University of Technology), Finland (Storvik & Co OY, Finnish Meteorological Institute) and Russia (NArFU, Association of Oil and Gas Suppliers SOZVEZDYE).
ICEOPS is working towards expanded oil and gas exploration in the Arctic areas – by exploring the navigability of navigation and ice conditions and improving the forecasting of ice situation as prerequisites of industrial and environmental safety. With a timeline of 3 years, ICEOPS has an agenda that tasks its team with field investigations, Arctic ice explorations, calculation of ice mechanics, and numerical modeling of ice load on offshore platforms.
At the current stage, research work is in process to collect, exchange and analyze the data on Barents Sea ice for further development of more precise simulation and forecasting models.
NArFU team contributed to the meeting by presenting the outcomes of the research into the Barents ice and ecosystems it was conducting during the Arctic Floating University 2019 expedition, led by expert Dmitry Kovalev of NArFU Higher School of IT and Automated Systems, who was tasked with ice mapping. To provide a more exhaustive picture of the ice conditions, the obtained field data will be compared with satellite images.
“With focus on ice behavior and environmental safety of industrial operations in the Arctic, this international project gives a strong impetus to further collaboration between the research institutions and the subsoil users in the Arctic states,” says Sergey Ryabchenko, assistant to NArFU Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation. “It allows NArFU to achieve a whole series of tasks pertaining to research, joint publications, and local, business-oriented applied investigations.”