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…

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…

2019-2020 Season Summary

2019-2020 was an extremely mild winter in the Caspian. This video summarizes development of ice conditions through the length of the season.

2019-2020 Ice Season Closure

Ice Is Gone 2019-2020 ice season is now closed Once again the past winter set another record to be the lowest by ice cover development season in the Caspian. It is the seocnd warmest season i judged by FDD. The was one that was warmer in 2015-2016. However, freeze-up was a lot later and extreme…

Ice Volume and Coverage in the Caspian 2019020

Is this the end of 2019-2020 Ice Season in the Caspian?

It is the beginning of February and there is almost no sea ice in the Caspian sea and we observe anamalously low ice volume that was generated to the moment. The maximum volume reached this season is 4.3 cubic km. This is a very small number compared to 19.2 that was observed in 2017-2018 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 –…

Saddle area imposes risk to navigation

Cloudless Landsat-8 image on 25th November revealed the picture of sediments transfer by water currents through shallow part of Saddle area connecting deeper part of central Caspian with Ural furrow. Saddle is an important area for navigation as nearly all vessels cross it to enter the northern Caspian waters. With decreasing water level in the…

Kashagan in ice

New ice coming to Kashagan was caught with freely available and luckily cloudless Sentinel-2. Image illustrates ice and structures interaction in the scale of full field in a cluster of artificial islands. Other locations are available on a dedicated page of our site.

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…