ICEMAN.KZ is focused on operations with remote sensing data handling numerous satellite platforms with diverse sensors (mainly SAR). We gained vast experience in data post-processing and automation through years of ice charting operations and intend to share our knowledge through provision of Remote Sensing Services.
Sentinel Mission within Copernicus Program is the major source of remote sensing data and driver of our research in Iceman.kz.
SAR Data Post-Processing
Sentinel-1: Post-processed images adjusted for operational ice charting purposes. Provision service includes download from Copernicus Science Hub, post-processing on our server and further dessimination to clients either with data push to Client’s data repository or hosting on ours.
Sample post-processed images for the Caspian Sea are accessible on our public OneDrive folder.
Radarsat-2, TerraSAR, CosmoSkyMED, IceEYE: The same type of post-processing is available for commercial SAR platforms. Post-processing is readily available for the most popular SAR data providers. However, it will take short mobilisation time to start processing any other data of your interest.
Historical SAR Data Processing
ENVISAT, ERS, Radarsat-1 and others are not the only ones that we can deal with if talking of historical investigations over regions. Processing the datasets for variety of applications (not only ice charting) is possible for any AOI where the data is available in the early years of SAR development.
Optical Data Post-Processing
MODIS: Terra and Aqua are used to provide regional quicklooks and update general knowledge of ice cover development on regional scale. They are also used to assess cloud cover for higher resolution imagery download desisions.
Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8: Operational processing of scenes is based on usabilty constraints from cloud cover for ice charting purposes.
- Unique algorithms combining most useful bands were developped in-house to ensure no details are lost due to snow cover hiding majority of ice features with conventional methods.
- Advanced compression and mosaicing technics ensures delivery of fast-to-use light image for regional analysis.
The desision to download is made based on MODIS cloud cover over AOI. Even partly clouded images that are stated cloudy in images metadata are not missed.
Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Monitoring
Multi-Platform (MODIS Sentinel-3 Sentinel-2 Landsat-8) monitoring programs in support of enhanced forecasting major ice cover development events such as freeze-up and break-up as well as ice edge development in the marginal zone. Watch a short intro on Sentinel-3 by ESA below to know more where the data comes from.
Note Data Providers’ terms and conditions apply on all disseminated original data available for free access as well as ICEMAN.KZ on post-processed products. For commercial platforms User Lisence should be obtained for Clients.
The services are subscription based on client needs for NRT operational support and lumpsum for project based investigations.
Free-of-charge data processing and access to archive of our data is available for Academic applications in the Caspian Sea.