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…

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…

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).

2018-2019 Ice Season Closure in the Caspian

2018-2019 ice season is finished in the Caspian Sea. It was one of the mildest winters during the last years despite the earliest start with first ice forming on November 12th. Early date of last ice in mid-March was good time for operators to switch to summer fleet. The short video illustrates how it went…

Break-up in the Caspian Sea

Ice Cover has started breaking up intensively in the Caspian. Strong winds anticipated in the next few days will lead to destruction of majority of ice cover. However, whatever is left in the region will be melting away with warmer air temperature and increasing influx of solar radiation. You can observe performance of our thermal…

Sentinel-2 Automated Processing Launched

Sattelite Imagery Catalogue for the Caspian Sea is now updated with clear and partly cloudy Sentinel-2 images which are useful for ice charting analysis. Records exist since launch of Sentinel-2A in 2015 and are updated automatically on a regular basis. Sample RGB post-processed image is available in our Public folder.

Ice gouges in Caspian Sea

Springtime and open water season is approaching fast. Each year ice cover melts in shallow waters of Caspian Sea and start revealing the artwork of nature – multiple gouges on the seabed plunged by stamukhi and ridge keel during winter time. Landsat-8 image from March 2017 shows the perfect shot illustrating the process.