Earth Observation

2021-2022 Ice Season Wrap-up

2021-2022 has been another (third during the last 10 years) extremely mild season in the recent history of the Caspian. Majority of ice cover was gone after the first week of March. However, winter has tried to keep its grip on the region with recurring ice formation along the northern coast during two cold snaps…

Start of 2021-2022 winter season

New winter season has started. New ice has appeared along the Northeastern shore with cold spell on November 17th. However ice will last only for several days and melt with warmer weather in the second part of November.

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…

Iceman Annual 2020 Report

Sway report below summarizes Iceman’s achievements in 2020. It is best viewed in full screen mode.

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…

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.

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.

Caspian SatLog Online

ICEMAN.KZ presents satellite imagery catalogue containing list of images for the Caspian Sea since 2000. It has parameters associated with each image allowing to assess usability of the dataset for ice charting purposes. These are cloud cover, spatial coverage and temporal gap for each area of interest sorted by type of satellite. Quick guide how…