Earth Observation

Ice ride-up blocks the road: view from space.

Comparison of clear Landsat-8 image from 19th of April with partly cloudy Sentinel-2 image from 18th showed a shift to the South of the ice sheet in the lake Bozshakol (Kostanay Region) for about 350 m in the North and around 200 m. in the South, where it encroached into the road M-36 which resulted…

End of 2020-2021 Ice Season

Open Water conditions were declared in the Caspian Sea on the 2nd of April. There are still several eroding stamukhi remaining along the northern coast which will melt in about a week under wave action with persistently positive air temperature. This ice season has lasted for 137 days which makes it one of the longest…

Ice in Kulaly

Ongoing freeze-up with cloudless weather allowed for acquisition of Sentinel-2 with a marvellous view over Kulaly and other islands of Tyuleniy archipelago in the Northern part of the Caspian Sea. Persisting easterlies push newly forming ice towards islands to form lines of ridges. Looking forward to the spring season already to observe scoured seabed.

2020/2021 Caspian Freeze-up

Today’s MODIS image illustrates that negative air temperatures combined with extreme down surge event resulted in a new ice formation along the coastline of NE Caspian Sea.