CIRFA Seminar Thursday 14 November 14:00-15:00

CIRFA welcomes you to a seminar presented by Alister Everett, MET Norway followed by a presentation by Tom Rune Lauknes and Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jensen, Norce.

Date/time: Thursday 14 November, 14:00-15:00

Venue: CIRFA, SIVA Innovation Centre (Forskningsparken)


The title of the presentation by Alister Everett is:

The Ice Watch Observing Network and Activities at MET Norway


Ice Watch is a program coordinating routine visual observations of sea-ice including icebergs and meteorological parameters. The program has already collected over 5 600 records from numerous ship voyages and is complementary to the Antarctic platform ASPeCt. Until recently, Ice Watch was hosted and developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but in November 2019 the system will be transferred to MET Norway. At MET Norway we have a number of plans to develop the system, including developing a citizen science app, in collaboration with the Polar Citizen Science Collective, as a new and simple way for users to collect and submit data to the Ice Watch system. I will give an overview of the current system and how to submit observations, as well as presenting our future plans for development and new features. I will also give an overview of other activities at MET Norway which include producing daily ice charts, and the three EU projects: ExtremeEarth, KEPLER and ARCSAR.


The title of the presentation by Tom Rune Lauknes and Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jensen is:

NORCE and UiT operating drone and radars during the CAATEX cruise to the north pole


In August-September 2019, NORCE and UiT participated in the Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment (CAATEX) scientific cruise, coordinated by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center. The Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel Svalbard reached the north pole on August 21. During the cruise, we collected in-situ data at several ice-stations by using a fixed wing-drone for photogrammetry and a multi rotor platform to carry an Ultrawideband radar, a stereo camera and a hyperspectral sensor. In addition, we operated an imaging Ku-band interferometric radar from the roof of KV Svalbard, collecting high-resolution radar images. Satellite data from Sentinel-1 and Radarsat-2 was also collected. In this presentation we will present the contribution of NORCE and UiT to the success of the CAATEX cruise and the data collected.