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…

Daily Nowcast Analysis

Being combination of direct observation for the date short-term hindcast and forecast in reference to the date when observation is compiled Nowcast can be defined as best known information in the region for that particular day when it was compiled. This dataset is an enhanced ice egg chart of the day summarizing all the best…

Warm up

Cold period in November has resulted in ice formation along all the shores of the Northern Caspian Sea. Great Sentinel-2 from 7 December reviled the picture of ice conditions in the area after warming period in the beginning of December. Looking at several locations we can observe that ice is melting in the area –…

2019/2020 Winter is here

Invasion of cold air from Siberia has triggered formation of new ice along the northern and eastern coasts of North Caspian Sea area. Air temperature in October was higher than the average during the last 10 years, but early in November there was a sudden drop which resulted in faster cooling of the water. The…

Heli E in Gulf of Finland

Iceman.kz in cooperation with aOrion and Quas have conducted trials of aOrion Heli E Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the Gulf of Finland in March 2019. Iceman has planned the flights to identify specific ice features for further ice charting purposes and monitored weather to maintain window of opportunity with suitable conditions for operations. aOrion…

Sentinel-2 Automated Processing Launched

Sattelite Imagery Catalogue for the Caspian Sea is now updated with clear and partly cloudy Sentinel-2 images which are useful for ice charting analysis. Records exist since launch of Sentinel-2A in 2015 and are updated automatically on a regular basis. Sample RGB post-processed image is available in our Public folder.