Future engineers introduced to current methodology for Arctic sea-ice analysis

Future engineers introduced to current methodology for Arctic sea-ice analysis

The International School «Arctic Engineering» entered its third day by opening the Day of Ice Operations project.

Welcoming the audience on behalf of IceOps project was Bjørn Storvik, Chairman of the Board of Storvik & Co OY (Finland), project’s partner.

Bjørn Storvik stressed the importance of disseminating the results of project research among experts and engineering students. IceOps brings together the efforts of researchers based in Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden and is funded by KOLARCTIC Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.

The audience has been introduced to data on the ice conditions in the Barents and Pechora Seas, obtained as a result of SAR image interpreting and modeling of sea-ice mechanics and offshore development.

Aniket Patil, a researcher at Norwegian research institute SINTEF Narvik, gave details of the models developed for calculating the impact of ice on structures. The ice-structure interactions are essential in forecasting risks for marine economy.

«My presentation dealt with radar survey data and its use in monitoring of the ice fields, specifically, ice ridges. My task in this research was to monitor the situation — the size and height of the ice ridges. They are a source of danger to navigation and infrastructure as they can damage ship,» said Roman Aleshko, professor at NArFU Higher School of Information Technologies and Automated Systems, Department of Information Systems and Technologies.

«I spoke about Arctic oil and gas field risk assessment. Our study areas were two — the Pechora Sea and the Barents Sea. The Pechora Sea More has been found to have more favorable conditions for the offshore oil and gas development,» said Ramil Guliyev, lecturer at the Department of Oil and Gas Development Well Drilling and Development.

The event concluded with highlighting the priority lines of research towards reduced risk in Arctic development operations for future generations of engineers to follow.

Department of International Cooperation

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