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…

2019-2020 Ice Season Starts

It may seem surprising but ice is coming into the Caspian sea in the near future once again and pretty soon. As always LLP ICEMAN.KZ proposes detailed analysis and long-term insights for those who need to plan their marine operations in the Northern part of the Sea. Long term insights on freeze-up through October and…

Participating in POAC2019 Delft Netherlands

25ᵗʰ International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions in Delft Netherlands is now over. Iceman.kz has attended with their contribution into community. The following works summarising our experience of working with sea ice in the Caspian were presented for discussions during technical sessions: Early Freeze-up Scenario in the Caspian Sea summarises experience…

Caspian Stamukhi Data Release

ICEMAN.KZ opens access to stamukhi observations database for the Caspian Sea from 2014 to 2019. Interactive summary PowerBi Report and short description of major parameters are published to Data Access section on our website. Report is an easy to use tool to conduct basic queries on the phenomena occurences illustrating distribution of intensity and quantities…

Marine Operations in Ice Covered Waters of Shallowing Caspian

Decreasing water level in the Caspian may soon affect established logistical solutions in the Northern shallow part of it. The POAC paper discusses building access channels to existing and future offshore facilities in the Kazakhstan sector that is more vulnerable to the problem. The major accent is made to sea ice related hazards affecting marine operations in channels through shallow waters based on experience in the Volga Caspian channel (VCC).

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…