Ice Monitoring services in the field are essential for ground proofing of satellite data interpretation used in Ice Charting Operations and to collect data for Ice Engineering purposes. Depending on complexity of monitoring program to support a project we can provide the following services in the field:
- In-situ manned monitoring of ice features distribution and their characteristics (level and rafted ice thickness distribution, ridges and stamukhi morphology, drift parameters, etc) in support of remote sensing data ground-proofing and models calibration from Clint’s vessel or offshore installation
- On-ice fieldwork for investigation of ice mechanical properties including basic salinity, crystallography, density, borehole-jack strength and cantilever beam flexural strength tests on level and rafted ice and more complex tests of ridge keel strength. Depending on engineering solution Client expects to implement, we can advise more specific measurements program including wider range of parameters to be investigated such as porosity of ridged features, scours from ridges and stamukhi pits distribution.
- More accurate measurements of stamukhi and ridge sail height distribution statistics for significant areas are performed with unmanned aerial vehicles. UAV is used for either fast visual recognition of ice features in support of satellite imagery interpretation or more complex and time consuming measurement of heights using geodetic instruments. Solution with infrared sensor is used to monitor and detect marine mammals distribution that can be used in support of avoidance programs to preserve endangered species.
ATV for on-Ice Fieldwork
Transportation to Area Of Interest for in-situ fieldwork, where there is no offshore infrastructure available, is performed with ATV Sherp. The all-terrain vehicle is certified internationally and is the most effective means of transport on ice for small research groups in the sub-Arctic region due to their low weight and capabilities to overcome obstacles. The vehicle is intrinsically safe and can be equipped with cascade system to operate in the vicinity of installations with risk of H2S release.