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…

Deteriorating ice conditions in the Caspian Sea

High resolution Sentinel-2 image on the 16th of March shows that ice conditions in the North Caspian Sea are deteriorating. Multiple cracks, leads and mobile floes are observed in previously stable ice cover in Prorva, Peshnoi and Kashagan East areas. Kalamkas and Kashagan Highway areas are entirely in mobile ice conditions. Negative air temperatures which…

Winter ice season continues into 2021

Rare coincidence of cloud free weather in the beginning of January 2021 and simultaneous bypass of Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 satellites over North Caspian Sea allowed us to make high resolution image of entire area (New Year’s present!). Ice remains stable along the northern and eastern shores. Recent winds has caused ice drift to south-east across…

Shift of ice in Kashagan

Recent easterly winds have shifted ice sheet opening lead of about 500m in width south-west from Kashagan East structures. The stabilising effect of artificial islands is demonstrated with recent cloudless Sentinel-2 image. Ice drift has created 300m long ice wedge in front of small structure on the left-hand side of the image. We continue to…

Ice continues its extend in Caspian Sea

Cloudless weather over North Caspian Sea over last several days allowed us to observe the extend of sea ice until Mangyshlak bay. There is distinct border between older stabilised ice developed along the northern and eastern shores in November and younger mobile ice in the central and southern parts of the area. Kashagan, Peshnoi and…

Globaltec

Yatec JSC is a major gas and gas condensate producer and license holder in the Republic of Sakha (also known as Yakutia) in the Russian Federation. Globaltec LLC, a project management enterprise, has been assigned to improve the monetization of Yatec JSC’s hydrocarbon reserves and is managing the development of the integrated onshore-offshore Yakutia Project.…

Seasonal Videos on Youtube

Iceman.kz publishes ice and metocean data over the Caspian sea visualized with this series of short videos. The videos show a small portion of the database we collected processed and generated during the last years. The major sources of data for our ice observation and monitoring program are free source by Copernicus and NASA and…

Moscow State University

Iceman.kz and Faculty of geography at Moscow State University conduct research combining their effort to increase knowledge of sea ice deformation processes and their effect on seabed in the Caspian Sea.

Stamukhi Research Collaboration

Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia and Iceman.kz, Kazakhstan have enaged in a research project to study study ice rubble features (ridges and stamukhi) and their impact on seabed. There are two major topics that are covered in the scope of this cooperation: Seabed – rubble fields interaction; Effects of climate…